January and February movie-going can be a cold, often cruel experience. While some audiences catch up on recently unveiled Oscar nominees (Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty), those of us who have already burned through our wish lists are left with paltry offerings.
In fact, winter months are, quite often, the dumping ground for major studio releases: horror porn (the latest incarnation of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), geezer action (Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand) or refried 3-D versions of films that have long since made their way to the discount DVD pile (Monsters, Inc., Top Gun).
Ever the optimists, we instead choose to look forward to sunnier days. So here's our list of 2013 films that we're anxious to see:
Scorching (we absolutely can't wait for these):Man of Steel (June 14), Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner will re-launch Superman; Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17), volume two of J.J. Abrams' fresh take on the old classic; The Monuments Men (Dec. 18), George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Matt Damon and Bill Murray trek into Nazi Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces; Saving Mr. Banks (Dec. 20), Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell tell the story of how Mary Poppins made it to the screen; Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Dec. 20), Need we say more?
Hot (we can wait, but we're excited): Iron Man 3 (May 3), a darker journey for the superhero; The Wolverine (July 26), Hugh Jackman puts his claws back on; Captain Phillips (Oct. 11), Tom Hanks in the true story of a 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates; The World's End (Oct. 25), an epic pub crawl at the end of the world; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22), the blockbuster continues.
Warm (probably still worth the price of admission): Oblivion (April 12), Tom Cruise's end-of-the world thriller; After Earth (June 7), Will Smith's end-of-the-world thriller; World War Z (June 21), Brad Pitt's end-of-the-world thriller; Elysium (Aug. 9), Matt Damon's end-of-the-world thriller. Do you think these guys ever compare notes?