Top Movies for 2013 by Quarter

First Quarter (Jan – March)

Zero Dark Thirty - 1/11/13

Zero Dark Thirty is focused entirely on the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and is an excellent example of the journalism-meets-movie style of filmmaking. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who gave us The Hurt Locker in 2011, Zero Dark Thirty looks to be another war focused hit. Based on the trailer it looks to be fashioned much in the same way its 2008 predecessor was.


Bullet to the Head – 2/1/13

For fans of the action movie genre Sylvester Stallone’s return to the big screen as Jimmy Bobo, a hit man who forms an alliance with a cop is guaranteed to get your heart pounding with some classic tough guy beat em’ up action! At 66 Stallone seems to be in great shape compared to his action movie counterpart Arnold Schwarzenegger, who seems old and tired in The Last Stand, due to hit theaters this January.


Second Quarter (April – June)

Jurassic Park 3D – 4/5/13

Not much to say here other than it’s the 1993 classic re-released in 3D.


Oblivion is shaping up to be one of the biggest sci-fi movies of the year. Along the same lines as After Earth this movie is going to be a hit in the special effects department. Although I’ve never really been a Tom Cruise fan the man can act. As long as the dialogue is on par with effects this movie will probably be one of the best of 2013.


Iron Man 3 – 5/3/13

I’d love to say that Iron Man 3 will offer viewers something they’ve not yet seen, but I can’t. While it looks like more of the same from Marvel and the Iron Man franchise, Iron Man 3 will be chalked full of epic battle scenes and, like its predecessors, an emotionally disturbed Robert Downey Jr .


Star Trek Into Darkness - 4/17/13

Star Trek Into Darkness is the highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams 2009 re-launch of the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek grossed $386 million world-wide and Star Trek Into Darkness is posed to do the same. With two other sci-fi movies, Oblivion and After Earth being released before and after, Star Trek Into Darkness will be the cream filling of a sci-fi Oreo.


Rarely a movie is made where father and son can play father and son, but After Earth is one of those rare occasions. Starring Will and Jaden Smith movie goers are likely to get a passionate onscreen performance like they did in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) as well as an epic special-effects performance. The Pursuit of Happyness was certainly made better by the onscreen chemistry between Smith and his son, a dynamic that will surely show through in After Earth.


Third Quarter (July – Sept)

Pacific Rim -

Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro’s new Godzilla movie. While I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Godzilla franchise I honestly can’t wait to see this movie. Humans, finding themselves out gunned, develop giant robots to fight the alien threat. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until mid-July to see how it all goes down.


Brought to us by the same man who gave us District 9 in 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium is virtually an unknown. Without much of a trailer and only sparse details out about the plot Elysium is a mystery. Staring Matt Damon and Jodi Foster, Elysium has a lot of acting experience between the two of them. With a budget of $100 million I assume the effects will leave little to nothing to be desired.


Fourth Quarter (Oct – Dec)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 11/22/13

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the trailer-less second installment of the Hunger Games franchise. With the first movie grossing $673 million world-wide the second movie is sure to do the same. Like the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, The Hunger Games has gained a large cult following eager to dump their money, and I can’t say I blame them. Although these movies aren’t something I’d typically watch, I find the simplistic brutality of the dystopian future portrayed in the Hunger Games to be strangely alluring.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 12/13/13

If you’ve already seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey then you probably already have this one on your December 2013 movie list. Produced by Peter Jackson, the same man who gave us the Lord of the Rings movies, this is the second of three Hobbit movies to be made. Keep your eyes out for a trailer which will be released sometime in the next couple months.

About the author: Zack Mandell is a movie enthusiast, writer of movie reviews, and owner of which has information on everything from your favorite sci-fi movies to your favorite Christmas movies. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium. [Robert Downey Jr .]

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