– James Hicks contributed to this report
News year resolutions – we all have them (for a few months, at least). Apart from the classic “I’m never drinking again” whimpered by many on New Year’s Day, it’s almost guaranteed that many of us will be vowing to watch our bank balance and reduce the amount we spend.
So after all the excitement of the New Year has gone and early January boredom sets in, don’t throw your hard-earned money (or student loan) away on potentially terrible films. Instead, take a look at what’s coming up this year.
“A Good Day to Die Hard” – in cinemas February 14th 2013
The fifth instalment in the “Die Hard” series, what “Twilight” is to teenage girls, “Die Hard” is to men. Explosions, evil Russians and plenty of action from Bruce Willis is enough to make any macho man weep with joy.
“The Host” – in cinemas 22nd March 2013
If any Twi-hards find themselves unimpressed at the end of the “Twilight” franchise, don’t despair – author Stephanie Meyer still has one adaption soon to be released. In typical “Meyer” fashion the film comes complete with sulky teenagers, supernatural beings, and of course a love triangle.
“Evil Dead” – in cinemas 19th April 2013
The prospect of a remake is enough to make any film fanatic shudder, say the words “horror remake” and they will be screaming in terror. But have no fear. This remake of the 1981 cult classic “The Evil Dead” includes many of the original members, including previous director Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. It promises to be a terrifying watch that will make us cry with both laughter and fright.
“Iron Man 3”- in cinemas 26th April 2013
Marvel fans will be foaming at the mouth to watch the latest addition to its vast cinematic universe. Everybody’s favourite billionaire, playboy and philanthropist Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr) is back and suiting up for battle once more.
“Fast 6” – in cinemas 24th May 2013
If you’ve got an unhealthy hankering for action, a dash of violence and plenty of fast cars, cure yourself with the soon to be latest instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) return along with an equally cool cast. High speed chases, heists and bare knuckle fighting are all sure to get your pulse revving.
“Man of Steel” – in cinemas 14th June 2013
Not content with one superhero film? Brought to you Zack Snyder, director of “Sucker Punch” and “300”, this is the latest reincarnation of Superman. Taking a gritty and somehow more realistic approach we see the iconic superhero don his red cape once more – this time, for the big screen.
“World War Z” – 21st in cinemas June 2013
Sick of zombies yet? It seems they are here to stay, so you’d better just embrace it and join us, one of us, one of us. “World War Z” sees a United Nations employee racing against time and across the world to stop the outbreak of a deadly zombie disease. It’s got flesh eating zombies for the guys and Brad Pitt for the girls, everyone wins.
“Monsters Inc University” – in cinemas 12th July 2013
What summer is complete without a wholehearted Pixar film, and this one is sure to warm any heart as everyone’s favourite bed time monsters are back. We follow Mike and Sully as they attend university together, in one slightly unnecessary sequel that will be easy to get behind and enjoy.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – in cinemas 22nd November 2013
Riding on the huge box-office success of the first “Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” is the second in the trilogy based on the books by American Suzanne Collins. Boasting an impressive cast and director, it promises buckets of action and alludes to an interesting film.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – in cinemas 13th December 2013
After stomping your hairy hobbit feet at the end of an “Unexpected Journey” and demanding more, you’ll have to wait until the end of the year once again to explore Middle Earth. This instalment sees Bilbo’s journey continue along with the Dwarfs and Gandalf, to chase down the dragon Smaug.
If these don’t take your fancy, other honourable cinematic mentions soon to hit the big screen are “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Wolverine,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “The Worlds End.”
With a whole year’s worth of film releases to look forward to, let’s resolve to catch the best of the cinema that 2013 has to offer – your bank balance will thank you for it.