2013 Movie Preview
As we say goodbye to a bumper year for movies in 2012, we look forward to even more cinematic joys to be had in the next year with Iron Man, Wreck-It Ralph, Superman, and new films by Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Neill Blomkamp waiting in the wings. (Release dates correct as at 10 December 2012.)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower:
Emma Watson's fun and feisty new movie. Opens in SA cinemas 4 January 2013
Ryan Gosling plays a Los Angeles cop who goes up against a ruthless mobster played by Sean Penn. In cinemas 11 January.
Quentin Tarantino is back with an action drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx - about a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. In cinemas 18 January.
Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen sing their hearts out in this highly anticipated musical. In cinemas 18 January.
Disney's latest animated adventure will be a treat for those who remember spending their childhood playing arcade games. In cinemas 25 January.
Keira Knightley stars as the late-19th century Russian aristocrat whose affair rocked high society in Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. In cinemas 1 February.
Ben Affleck both stars in and directs the nailbiting drama about a CIA agent's daring secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. In cinemas 1 February.
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln in a historical epic directed by Steven Spielberg. In cinemas 1 February.
Zero Dark Thirty:
Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker chronicles the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. In cinemas 15 February.
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters:
In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. In cinemas 22 February.
The story of a well respected Boer-officer, decides upon hearing that the British are planning a "scorched earth"- policy to go home and protect his wife and family instead of further participation in the war. This decision leads to him and his sons being tried for high treason. Starring Gys de Villiers, Rika Sennett, Albert Maritz, Carel Trichardt, Deon Lotz, Andre Roothman. In cinemas 22 February.
The devastating 2004 tsunami as seen through the eyes of a family who got caught up in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. In cinemas 1 March.
Oz: The Great and Powerful:
James Franco stars as the man who would become the Wizard of Oz in Disney's grand adaptation. In cinemas 8 March.
The Last Stand:
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in his first starring role in 10 years, playing a tough sheriff going up against a drug cartel. In cinemas 8 March. (Photo: Merrick Morton)
This is 40:
A spin-off from Judd Apatow's smash hit Knocked Up that takes a look at Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) and their family. In cinemas 22 March.
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the bullied teenager with destructive supernatural powers. A horror remake not to be missed. In cinemas 29 March.
Prehistoric animated tale for the whole family starring Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. In cinemas 29 March.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation:
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. In cinemas 5 April.
Thought the Twilight craze was over? Stephenie Meyer's OTHER novel hits the big screen 12 April.
Tom Cruise goes sci-fi as a veteran soldier who is sent to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. In cinemas 19 April.
Iron Man 3:
Robert Downey Jr is back as Tony Stark in Marvel's latest instalment in the hit franchise. In cinemas 3 May. (Photo: Zade Rosenthal. Marvel)
The Great Gatsby:
Baz Luhrmann brings his unique brand of glitz and glam in a lavish production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as F. Scott Fitzgerald's narrator Nick Carraway. In cinemas 17 May.
Fast and the Furious 6:
Very little is known about the new movie - which re-teams cinema's greatest bromance between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is back too) - other than the return of Michelle Rodriguez as the not-quite-dead Letty! In cinemas 24 May.
The Hangover 3:
The boys are back for one last misadventure. In cinemas 31 May. (Photo: www.facebook.com/thehangover/)
World War Z:
Brad Pitt vs zombies. Also starring South African actor Fana Mokoena. In cinemas 21 June.
Spud 2: The Madness Continues:
John Cleese, returns as eccentric English teacher The Guv with Troye Sivan as John 'Spud' Milton. In cinemas 21 June.
Man of Steel:
Superman takes flight again. Brit actor takes over the role of Clark Kent opposite Russell Crowe, Amy Adams and Kevin Costner. In cinemas 28 June.
Watch the trailer here.
Despicable Me 2:
Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions and a host of new characters return. In cinemas 5 July.
The Lone Ranger:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes the story of Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger. In cinemas 12 July.
Star Trek Into Darkness:
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch. In cinemas 19 July.
When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi. In cinemas 16 August.
Watch the trailer here.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp presents his star-studded 2nd feature film set in the year 2159. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and SA's own Sharlto Copley. In cinemas 30 August.