2013 looks like an exciting year for cinema. It's only right we give you a sneak peak, beginning with the return of two British institutions.
About Time and The World's End
Our cinemas have lacked romance in recent years. There's a glimmer of hope for 2013. Richard Curtis is back in May with About Time, a time-travelling romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley in Harry Potter). Unfortunately there's still no sign of a trailer, but Curtis' credentials alone make this a tantalising prospect.
As is the case for the final instalment of the 'Three Flavours Cornetto' trilogy – the ongoing collaboration between Simon Pegg, director Edgar Wright and actor Nick Frost, which produced the hilarious Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. All we have to wet our appetite is this still recently tweeted by Simon Pegg. But it's enough to have us salivating. The film about an apocalyptic bar crawl (naturally), will hit cinemas in August.
Don't be fooled by all the blood in this trailer, it's no homage to Twilight. According to it's writer Wenworth Miller, “it was never meant to be about vampires but it is a horror story”. It has also been described as a psychological thriller, and an intelligent family drama. With it's script voted on to the infamous 2010 'Black List' - the 10 best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood – expectations are enormous. It will be released in March.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
A fantasy adventure that stands as a prequel to the much loved Wizard of Oz, the trailer promises a visual delight. But it could just as easily be a Disney disaster. We wait with interest to see the reception it will get in March.
Superman: Man of Steel
The Hollywood schedule for 2013 is awash with superheroes, science fiction and apocalyptic drama. It's impossible to say which one will come out on top, but films tracing the origins of comic book creations often have the edge on emotional depth. This is the angle adopted for the reboot of the Superman franchise in June. It is also first to have a British actor at the helm, the wonderful Henry Cavill. The trailer certainly gives you goosebumps.
To The Wonder
If you're a stranger to art films, let this beautiful piece by acclaimed film-maker Terrence Malick be your introduction in 2013. Attracting praise at it's Venice Film Festival première in 2012, its out on general release in February.
The Lone Ranger
Finally, two words – Johnny Depp. The context is almost irrelevant. Released in July.