2013 cinema highlights
January 03, 2013
The New Year signals the start of a new movie season and there’s plenty of 1920s glitz, superhero action plus 3D remakes to whet the appetite of movie buffs in 2013.
With the nominations for the Oscars out next week, film fans will be keeping an eye out for the ones to watch.
And it looks like it could be a good year for UK cinema with British musical Les Misérables nominated for four Golden Globes, and tipped to sweep the Oscars board.
We take a look at some of the other blockbusters set to hit our cinema screens this year.
Les Misérables (12A)
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe - Released: January 11, 2013
Set in early 19th century France, Les Misérables follows the story of Jean Valijean, a French peasant who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread for starving relatives.
After serving 19 years Jean is released and starts a fresh and honest life, but he is dogged by a police inspector and finds himself in the middle of the June Rebellion in Paris. Early reviews have heaped praise on the cast for their singing voices and mastering of the story.
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich, Teresa Palmer - Released: February 1, 2013
Zombies look set to mean big business in 2013 with post-apocalyptic horror World War Z and Warm Bodies on the table.
When zombie boy R, played by Wokingham’s own Nicholas Hoult, falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his victims their romance sparks a transformation which could change the world.
Being called ‘the next Twilight’, and backed by Summit Entertainment, Warm Bodies could be the next big thing in the zombie world.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz - Released: March 8, 2013
The trailer for Oz begins in black and white (possibly in homage to the The Wizard of Oz of 1939), before it bursts to life in a world of technicolour.
Disney has dusted the classic tale with plenty of special effects to create a dazzling fantasy world.
When state magician Oz (James Franco) is hurled into a new and colourful land he must use his wits to stay ahead of three enchantresses who have very different plans for him.
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt - Released: March 29, 2013
Fans of the Twilight series will be eager to see this new offering from author Stephenie Meyer.
The author has stepped away from her vampire tales and written a sci-fi story about an alien race.
When Melanie Stryder is injected with a parasitic alien soul she fights to control its mission of taking over the earth and instead tries to bond with her host in order to free other humans.
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer - Released: April 5, 2013
Classic 70s horror novel and film Carrie has been given a gory makeover by director Kimberly Price.
Stephen King’s tale follows 17-year-old Carrie White who is bullied by her peers at her small American High School, and abused by her religious mother at home.
When her peers plot to humiliate Carrie at the prom they take on more than they bargain for as Carrie harbours a terrifying telekinetic power.
The Great Gatsby
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton - Released: May 10, 2013
F Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of 1920s glitz, glamour and excess gets a big-screen reworking by Baz Luhrmann this year. The story, set in the Roaring Twenties, follows Yale graduate and First World War veteran Nick Carraway who moves into a Long Island house, next door to the mansion of the mysterious Jay Gatsby. As he befriends Gatsby, Nick is drawn into a world of glamour, luxury and murder.
Stars: John Goodman, Billy Crystal - Released: July 12, 2013
Fans of 2001’s Monsters, INC, are all grown-up by now – and so are Sully and Mike.
The duo are off to university, and this time they’re in 3D. Disney and Pixar have teamed up once again to bring the next chapter of the Monsters’ lives to the big screen.
John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprise their roles as Sully and Mike, who meet 10 years later at the same fraternity in college.
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto - Released: July 26, 2013
This might just be Hugh Jackman’s year, starting with musical megahit Les Misérables and following with superhero flick The Wolverine.
The Marvel Comic book character is the sixth instalment in the X-Men film series and sees Wolverine travel to Japan, where he meets a mysterious figure from his past.