If you though 2012 was special, get ready for 2013
Time Out Bahrain staff
Well, according to the Mayans we should have all bitten the dust by now but, unless something crazy happens, it looks like we’re all good to go for another year. Awesome. And, accordingly, it looks like we’re set for a spectacular 12 months to boot. From blockbuster movies to the absolute ‘must have’ video games and even a few books, yes they do still print them, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest non-club entertainment you can expect to see in 2013.
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The Great Gatsby Who’s in it? Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire.
What’s it about? Baz Luhrman takes the director’s seat in his re-telling of the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale in which would-be writer Nick Carraway finds himself drawn into a captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits in 1922 New York. Released: May.
Iron Man 3 Who’s in it? Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow.
What’s it about? Tony Stark (Downey Jr) puts on his suit again to take on the people responsible for destroying his private world and eventually ends up taking on his deadliest and most powerful (aren’t they always?) foe yet in the shape of someone or something called the Mandarin. We’re no comic buffs but we don’t think he’s going to be fighting an orange. Released: May.
Man Of Steel Who’s in it? Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams.
What’s it about? An alien baby lands on Earth and grows up with superhuman abilities. Why? Because he’s Superman, that’s why! Released: June. Thor: The Dark World Who’s in it? Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman.
What’s it about? This time the big muscley blonde chap has to battle Dark Elves led by some dude called Malekith who’s threatening to plunge the world back into darkness after the events of The Avengers movie. Released: November. World War Z Who’s in it? Brad Pitt.
What’s it about? A deadly zombie pandemic breaks out and rapidly starts taking over the world. Cue hordes of the undead wreaking all sorts of havoc. This one is based on the highly-rated book by Max Brooks. Released: June.
Star Trek Into Darkness Who’s in it? Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana.
What’s it about? After finding an unstoppable force of terror within their own organisation, Kirk leads the team on a manhunt to a war zone to take on a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Early rumours suggest that Spock might bite the dust in this one! Released: May. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Who’s in it? Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen.
What’s it about? While the world tries to recover from the Middle Earth madness of the first instalment you’ve got another year to prepare for the next part which sees the gang go after the big scary dragon, Smaug. Released: December. Gangster Squad Who’s in it? Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin.
What’s it about? 1949 Los Angeles is run by mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) under the protection of his goons and the police. Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin) is tasked with putting together a small band of LAPD outsiders to take on Cohen. Expect lots of manic gunfights. Released: January. Mama Who’s in it? Jessica Chastain.
What’s it about? A supernatural thriller presented by Guillermo del Toro about two young girls who disappeared into the woods the day their parents were killed. Rescued years later they soon find that someone or something still wants to come and tuck them in at night. Looks like we’ll be watching this one from behind our hands, then. Released: January. Oz: The Great and Powerful Who’s in it? James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz.
What’s it about? Centering on the wizard from the original Oz movie, this tells the tale of a small time magician who finds himself whisked away to the Land of Oz where he meets three witches and transforms himself into a great and powerful wizard. Released: March.
The Hangover Part 3 Who’s in it? The whole gang are back.
What’s it about? Details were still a bit sketchy at the time of going to press but there are rumours that the main plot will revolve around the gang trying to break Alan (Zach Galifianakis) out of a mental institution. Let’s hope it’s better than the second one... Released: May. Kick Ass 2 Who’s in it? Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz.
What’s it about? A new league of super heroes, inspired by the actions of Kick Ass in the first movie, are formed by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Another evil league is formed by Red Mist (Plasse) reborn as someone with a rather rude name. Should be awesome! Released: June.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Who’s in it? Mickey Rourke, Roasario Dawson, Jessica Alba.
What’s it about? This one has been kept under wraps so tightly that not even Time Out’s special movie mole could find out much about it. Robert Rodrigiuez and Frank Miller are taking the helm again so it should still be a cracker. Released: October.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Who’s in it? Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth.
What’s it about? After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss (Lawrence) returns home before embarking on a ‘Victor’s Tour’ along the way she notices a simmering rebellion as President Snow prepares the 75th Hunger Games – which could change Panem forever. Oh dear. Released: November.
Oblivion Who’s in it? Tom Cruise.
What’s it about? Patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above a future Earth, Jack’s (Cruise) world is changed dramatically when he rescues a beautiful stranger from her downed spacecraft and triggers a chain of events that will put the fate of mankind in his hands. Released: April.
And the Mountains Echo Author: Khaled Hosseini. It’s been roughly ten years since Hosseini’s huge hit, The Kite Runner, was published. In And the Mountains Echo, he returns with (in his own words), ‘a multi-generational-family story, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honour and sacrifice for each other.’ Private Berlin Author: James Patterson. Another fast-paced and sophisticated thriller from the pen of bestseller Patterson. This time around we follow Chris Schneider – a superstar agent at powerful German investigation firm, Private Berlin –who keeps his methods secret as he embarks on high-profile cases but when he disappears he becomes Private Berlin’s most dangerous investigation yet. White Dog Fell from the Sky Author: Eleanor Morse. Already drawing some comparisons to the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency thanks to its location, Botswana, this is a story of a man forced to flee South Africa in 1976 after he witnesses a murder by a South African authority. He was a medical student, but takes a job as a gardener in Botswana. When he goes missing, the woman he works for sets out to find him.
Chu’s Day Author: Neil Gaiman. The man who brought the us the likes of Stardust and Coraline is back with a delightful tale of a panda (Chu) who sneezes. The twist is when Chu sneezes bad things happen. Already garnering some lovely reviews it’s more one to read to the kids, with illustrations by Adam Rex.
Dr Sleep Author: Stephen King. This will be the sequel to horror classic The Shining and is scheduled for release in January. The story will, apparently, revolve around one of the characters from the original, the son Danny Torrance, now middle-aged and living in New York where he works in a nursing home using his mental abilities to provide comfort to the dying.
Dead Space 3 The space-age horror game returns with all manner of ghouls and weird stuff going on. The last one terrified us, so goodness knows what this one will do for our nervous disposition.
Aliens: Colonial Marines This one seems to have taken an age to come to fruition but now it’s all set to land in a console near you in the early part of next year. Expect epic shoot ’em up action. And gore, lots and lots of gore.
Tomb Raider It might sound a bit old school this one but we’re actually really looking forward to seeing what life they’ve injected into the series. Early reports are that it’s pretty special.
God of War: Ascension The GOW series makes a welcome return so kiss goodbye to your social life for a bit as you battle other-worldly beings in all manner of creative ways.
Gears of War: Judgement They don’t come much bloodier or epic than these games. The last one was incredible but what has this one got in store? Find out when it’s released in March.