2013 poised to be a mega movie year for the box office

By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer|

This year is cinematically jam-packed with action, prequels and sequels that are bound to attract viewers.
Fans of drama/fantasy movies are in for a real treat with the movie “Beautiful Creatures.” Written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, production has been in the works since 2009. Lead character Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) accidentally almost kills Lena (Alice Englert) and then realizes Lena haunts his dreams. This movie is set to open on Feb. 13.

“Jack the Giant Slayer” takes the epic fairy tale “Jack the Giant Killer” and revamps it to a whole other level. This modern spin stars Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The trailer showcases dazzling special effects including the Giants and mystical lands in which a young hero, Jack, and a princess in distress cross paths. This fantasy/adventure movie stomps into theaters on March 1.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” transports viewers to the time before Dorothy wanders down the yellow brick road. The prequel showcases the man behind the curtain from the original movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” James Franco takes on the role of Oz in this fantasy/adventure movie in theaters on March 8.

“The Great Gatsby,” based on the classic book, centers on an obsession over love and occurrence of tragic events, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Every image in the trailer is crisp with rich colors and a dazzling use of lights, creating a visual feast for the audience. Clear your calendar on Mar. 10 for a trip to the theater to watch a great American classic be brought once again to the big screen.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is the second installment in the latest retelling of the “Star Trek” series released on May 17. Chris Pine reprises the iconic role of Captain Kirk.

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to portray the villain, Khan. The mystery surrounding what villain Cumberbatch will play has added more mystery to the movie’s hype.

Director J.J. Abrams also delivers a visual masterpiece in the trailer with dazzling space fight sequences bound to attract new and returning viewers alike. Fans – sometimes called Trekkies or Trekkers – are bound to fill the seats too. You may want to seek refuge from finals and sit in a darkened theater on May 24.
“The Hangover Part III” might be the answer to any academic stress you could have. This movie promises to deliver laughs with the acting talents of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

All three actors return as the beloved characters of Phil, Stu and Alan and are up to a new set of hilarious antics. Check out the latest installment of “The Hangover” series on May 24.

The typical elements like fast cars, jam packed action sequences and Vin Diesel all help bring a lot of hype to the highly anticipated “The Fast and the Furious 6.” The series has attracted many fans that eagerly await another installment.

A recently released trailer containing the prerequisite sports cars, money, smuggling, beautiful women and scandal is bound to attract new and devoted fans alike. This action packed movie drives into theaters on May 24.

Viewers have plenty of choices for movies this year, so get your wallets ready.

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