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Anticipated movies of 2013

Another year has come and gone, which means a new year of movies has arrived. Unlike your favorite sports seasons, movies are released every single weekend with no off-season.

Luckily, the worst month of the year for film is behind us. January has the unofficial title of releasing the worst films of the year, while February through April is full of movies that could be good, but could also make us crave the summer blockbusters even more.

Summer is generally the favorite time for moviegoers. It’s the time when the huge blockbusters are released in rapid succession and the big fan favorites make boatloads of cash. Here are some of the most anticipated films of winter and spring that you should look out for. They could end up being huge hits and provide large amounts of entertainment.

For the remainder of February, there really isn’t much to write home about. We have a promising comedy, “Identity Thief,” from the director of the 2011 comedy hit “Horrible Bosses,” which also stars Jason Bateman and Mellissa McCarthy and the fifth installment in the “Die Hard” franchise, “A Good Day To Die Hard.”

This does not seem like your typical “date movie” that we would expect from a Valentine’s Day release date, but what better way for a single guy to celebrate this holiday than watching Bruce Willis kick butt in Russia? A dramatic thriller also finds its way into the mix with Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects.”

March is full of special effects-heavy blockbusters that just didn’t make it into the summer mix. We have the highly anticipated prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and the delayed sequel to the “G.I. Joe” franchise that was suppose to be released last June.

What’s interesting about this month is that there is a movie being released that feels like it should come out around Oscar season. That film is called “The Place Beyond the Pines,” starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper (ladies, this one might be for you). There are also some original films that look to be a great deal of fun.

We have “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” a comedy in which Steve Carell and Jim Carrey play rival magicians, and “Olympus Has Fallen,” an adrenaline pumping action thriller about a terrorist attack on the White House.

I could easily see a lot of enjoyment coming from watching these two comedic heavyweights go head to head in a silly field such as magic, and “Olympus” looks to be a typical Gerard Butler action frenzy picture with a pretty interesting premise. Butler has been looking for a hit since he broke out as the Spartan leader in “300.” Can he pull off a hit with this one?

April doesn’t seem to have much in store for movies goers to really get us excited to go out to the theater. The exception to that would be the new Sci-Fi adventure about the aftermath of a nuclear war on our planet starring Tom Cruise called “Oblivion.” Another Melissa McCarthy film hits theaters this month as well called “The Heat.”

This one also happens to star Sandra Bullock. It’s not often these days we get to see Bullock in a comedic role, so it could be a treat to watch. With the director of Bridesmaids behind the camera, I smell another comedy hit.  These are all movies that look to have promise and that range from all sorts of genres, so keep a watchful on these ones over the next couple months.

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