While 2012 was a great year for movies, there's plenty to look forward to in 2013... well, sort of. Here are 25 films with varying expectations:

Sure Bets

  • -- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • -- This is the End
  • -- Jack Ryan
  • -- Saving Mr. Banks
  • -- A Million Ways to Die in the West

In one of the more obvious casting choices in the history of cinema, the new Harrison Ford (Chris Pine) will play the eponymous Jack Ryan in the film directed by Kenneth Branagh, who will also play the villain. This is the End, which stars Seth Rogen, James Franco and the rest of "that group" as themselves having to deal with the apocalypse, is an interesting concept that should pay off, and Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways has promise if you like Blazing Saddles and, well, Ted. Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicles the making of Mary Poppins and stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, seems like surefire Oscar bait, and a movie starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as Las Vegas magicians seems too delicious to ignore.

Ironically Entertaining Movies

  • -- The Last Stand
  • -- White House Down
  • -- R.I.P.D.
  • -- Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • -- Bullet to the Head

Arnold told us he'd be back -- we just didn't think he'd last a single term as Governor of California, let alone two of them. His first starring role in 10 years is in The Last Stand, which has the weapons, chases and corny dialogue that make Schwarzenegger movies great. Ditto for Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head, which seems like The Expendables without all the good parts (although Mr. Eko is in it!). Also ones to look out for: Roland Emmerich's latest improbably-plotted, big-budget extravaganza White House Down, zombie police department B-movie R.I.P.D. (filmed in Boston), and Kim Kardashian's sure-to-be-great acting debut in Tyler Perry's sure-to-be-even-better rom-com Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor .


Question Marks

  • -- After Earth
  • — The Great Gatsby
  • -- 42
  • -- Oz: The Great and Powerful
  • -- Man of Steel

Two rules to live by: Don't bet against Tim Tebow, and don't bet on M. Night Shyamalan. He hasn't made a good movie since Signs, so you can't help but be skeptical of his new futuristic film After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith. With The Great Gatsby, there are more question marks (Baz Luhrmann, the decision to film in 3D, the date being pushed back from Oscar season to May) than sure things (Leonardo DiCaprio killing it). Sports movies are hit or miss (usually miss), Oz looks like it's in good hands (and the Wicked Witch looks awesome) but it may have Alice in Wonderland over-colorized, under-characterized syndrome, and Man of Steel would have everything going for it if it wasn't about the most boring superhero ever.


  • -- Star Trek Into Darkness
  • -- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • -- Anchorman: The Legend Continues
  • -- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; RED 2

Star Trek: Sweet.

Sin City: Finally.

Anchorman: Probably not as good as the first one.

The Hobbit: Let's hope more happens than in the first one.

RED 2: Should there have even been an original RED?

What Everybody's Been Asking For

  • -- Re-releases of Jurassic Park, Top Gun, The Little Mermaid, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in IMAX 3D

I didn't think anybody would ever willfully choose to see Attack of the Clones again, much less pay $18 to see it in 3D, a format which couldn't even save Top Gun from being the most dated movie to come out of the most dated decade. But after the awesomeness that was The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast in 3D, The Little Mermaid will be tough to pass up, even though Ursula's tentacles coming out of the screen will probably scare me to death.

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