Top 13 Movies to See in 2013

Kieran Daly, Business Manager

2012 was a huge year for movies, many big movies were released including “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hunger Games,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” 2013 looks to have an even better year at the box office, so here is your guide to what you should see at the movies. Check out the online newspaper for the full list of top 13 movies for 2013.


Gangster Squad

It’s 1949 and a secret group of police officers, led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), go war with mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) who runs their city of Los Angeles. This movie is sure to be filled with gun fights, witty lines and great acting performances. Plus Emma Stone is in it, so it’s a must see.


Warm Bodies

From the director of “50/50” comes a romantic comedy horror. Warm Bodies follows R (Nicholas Hoult, “X-Men: First Class”), a zombie who becomes involved with the girlfriend (Teresa Palmer, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) of one of his victims. Their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that changes all of the zombies forever and brings up the question, “is it love that makes us human?” The movie also stars John Malkovich, Dave Franco and Rob Corddry. It is released February 1.


Jack the Giant Slayer

Remakes of childhood stories have been getting more popular, with the release of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Rupert Sander’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and it seems like the next reimagining of a childhood story will be Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer.” The story follows Jack (Nicholas Hoult) a farm boy who is thrust into a war between King Brahmell (Ian McShane, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and the leader of the giants, General Fallon (Bill Nighy, “Love Actually”). The movie also stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson and Warwick Davis. You can see this giant movie in theaters in 3D on March 1.


The Host

Based on the book by Stephanie Meyer (The Twilight Series) comes a new sci-fi thriller. A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder (Saoirise Ronan, “Hanna”). But rather than carrying out her races mission, the parasite, who is named Wanda, forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid and free humans and find Melanie’s love. The movie also stars Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Jake Abel. You can see the movie in theaters March 29.



From the director of “TRON: Legacy” comes a new sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise. Cruise stars as drone repairman assigned to Earth in a future where an alien war with the Scavs has decimated most of the planet. But when he discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that brings into question everything he believed about the war, he is forced to put the fate of mankind into his hands. The movie also stars Morgan Freeman, Zoe Bell and Olga Kurylenko. Oblivion crash lands into theaters April 19.


Iron Man 3

The Iron Man movies are always a must see movie, and this one seems to be no exception. Set after the events of the Avenger film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will face his greatest threat ever against an enemy who knows no bounds, known as the Mandarin. The movie appears to be action packed and taking a bit of a darker take to the usually comedic movie. You can see Iron Man 3 sore into theaters May 3.


The Great Gatsby

Here is a film that many of us know the story of after reading the book in our English class. “The Great Gatsby” is the story Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, who finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. The movie is sure to be amazing, with an all-star cast that consists of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Carey Mulligan. This movie arrives in theaters May 10.


Star Trek Into Darkness

Finally! The sequel to 2009’s reimagining of “Star Trek” is finally here. After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. The movie looks to be amazing with Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Bruce Greenwood. New comers to the movie include Benedict Cumberbatch who’ character is shrouded in mystery. You can see this movie blast into theaters May 17, set phasers to watch.


Man of Steel

After the success that was the Dark Knight trilogy, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. are trying to bring another DC comics hero to the big screen, this year we are seeing Superman. This Superman movie seems to have a darker tone to it, similar to the Dark Knight, and tells the tale of Superman’s origin. The movie is being directed by Zack Snyder(“300,” “Watchmen,” and “Sucker Punch”) and Christopher Nolan, the man responsible for the Dark Knight franchise, is producing. The movie is set to fly into theaters June 14 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Shannon. If you see one movie this year, make sure this is it.


The Wolverine

It’s been four years since we’ve seen Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on the big screen, if you don’t count that brief cameo appearance in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” and now the steel clawed immortal hero will return to the big screen in James Mangold’s “The Wolverine.” Not much is known about the movie except that it follows the comic book tale of the Silver Samurai, it is set in Japan and it takes place after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand. I’d keep an eye open for this movie when it releases on July 26.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The box office felt somewhat incomplete last year without a Harry Potter movie, and the thought I had was, “what would be the next huge young adult franchise?” Well I think I’ve found it. The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult sci-fi fantasy novels filled with demons and magic. I have seen the trailer for the film, and I’m excited. Keep an eye out for this movie on Aug. 23, I know I will be.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people will be going to see this movie on Nov. 22. The sequel to the epic movie based off the book “The Hunger Games” comes very quickly to theaters, almost exactly a year after the last film. The movie puts Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta into even more trouble than before after winning the Hunger Games. The movie adds new stars to the cast including Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It’s no secret to any of my friends that “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was one of my favorite movies of 2012. Having said that I am even more excited to see the second part of this questionably unnecessary trilogy. It’s finally time for Bilbo and the merry band of Dwarves to face the dragon Smaug, voiced by Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. You can see Bilbo fight a dragon of Friday Dec. 13, I’m sure if you see it you’ll have good luck or something.