ByDustin Hucks, writer at
Former Editor-in-Chief at Moviepilot, butt aficionado
Dustin Hucks

2013 may be the year of the reboot, re-imagining, sequel, and adaptation, but that's not all that's on the docket for the next 361 days. Below, we drop our list of films we most look forward to in this still fresh new year. Does your list match up?

Man of Steel

and are bringing the Last Son of Krypton back to the big screen after a middling response to 's lukewarm Superman Returns seven years ago. Rather than being an absentee father fighting the oddest Lex luthor ever, Superman () gets scrappy with his great nemesis, General Zod. It's a more gritty take on the Superman character, and one that should have Nolan's fingerprints all over it.

We can hardly wait.

Release Date: June 14, 2013

World War Z

's Plan B Entertainment snatched up the rights to Max Brooks' 2006 novel about a world overrun by zombies, switched up the narrative quite a bit (we have runners, not walkers -- big distinction), and put himself in the driver's seat as the film adaptation's lead. Many of the novel-loving purists have beef with the changes, but some of us here in the office are simply happy to see zombies back on the big screen with the increasingly unlikely production of Zombieland 2 giving us slim pickings. Sure, we may have had Warm Bodies, but it stands to reason that we want to see less zombie kissing, and more undead ass kicking.

Release Date: June 21, 2013

Side Effects

Side Effects is a big deal for a couple of reasons. One, it's an original screenplay from (The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion), but apparently, legendary director 's final feature film. The man behind Traffic, Solaris, Magic Mike, and so much more brings this odd psychological thriller about prescription drug use, murder, and a whole host of twisting plot devices to the fore. Will Soderbergh depart the director's chair on top of his game? This is the one film on this list you can see now and find out.

Release Date: Out Now

The Great Gatsby

We were supposed to see the debut of 's ambitious tackling of one of the greatest novels ever written December of last year, but scheduling conflicts pushed The Great Gatsby into 2013. You want a clinic in big name casting? , , , , and round out a massive cast for the romantic, period epic set in the years just prior to the Great Depression. Gatsby has been told on the big screen three times, in 1929, 1948, and 1974, collectively starring such names as , , , , and . Will this fourth film live up to the high standards set by the novel? You can find out in two short months.

Release Date: May 10, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

It's Kirk, it's Spock, and c'mon -- is so totally Khan. The crew of the USS Enterprise isn't getting an easy outing this second time around, with what appears to be the mass destruction of Starfleet, a whole lot of Earth, and a Kirk's crew (obviously) being the only thing standing in the way of the total annihilation of, well...lots of stuff. has a tight grip on all things sci-fi right now, with his directing of the new Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens in the works, and the prospect of a Star Trek Beyond on the horizon. Will 2013 prove to solidify him as the go-to director (not named ) for any and everything sci-fi? Star Trek Into Darkness seeing box office success will go a long way in making it so.

See what I did there? TNG reference, just because.

Release Date: May 17, 2013

That's our top 5 of 2013. Of course, there are a boatload of films we can't wait to see this year, but we had to narrow it down. Does it match your list? Let us know what 5 films you're most stoked to get into the movie theater for in the comment section below.


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