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Zombies, Superman, and a return to Oz among movies to look forward to in 2013

As the calendar rolls over to 2013, moviegoers have a whole new slate of films coming to theaters. There are some powerhouse titles coming our way, including superhero flicks such as "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man 3" and second films in both the "Hunger Games" and "Hobbit" series. We can't include all the blockbusters here, but have chosen 10 titles to watch for.

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"The Great Gatsby," "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Despicable Me 2" and "Man of Steel" are all among the films coming our way in 2013.

Oscar's calling
It's not for everyone, and yes, it features disturbing torture scenes, but "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is many critics' choice to win the best-picture Oscar this year. The last hour of the film, where SEALs swarm the Pakistan compound looking for the terrorist leader, is glued-to-your-seat suspenseful, even though we all know what happened. (Jan. 4 in most markets, already open in NY and LA.)

Yippee ki-yay, Mother Russia
"A Good Day to Die Hard" might be great, it might be terrible, but Bruce Willis' John McClane is one of the most-beloved action heroes of all time, so you can bet there will be lines to see it. It's set in Moscow, and Aussie actor Jai Courtney plays McClane's estranged son. And it opens on Valentine's Day, so great date-night fodder! (Feb. 14.)

Back over the rainbow
Before Dorothy and Toto ever showed up, things were swirling in the merry old land of Oz. Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" takes a look at how the wizard and the witches got their start. (March 8.)


Gatsby believed in the green 3-D light
May is a jam-packed month for big blockbusters in 2013, with "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Hangover Part III" among the new releases scheduled. But our top pick is "The Great Gatsby," with Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as his beloved Daisy, and Tobey Maguire, DiCaprio's real-life good pal, as Gatsby's friend Nick. We still don't get why it's in 3-D. (May 10.)

Monsters get schooled
"Monsters Inc.," in which cute monsters Mike and Sulley reveal that they're just as scared of kids as the kids are of them, was a hit for Pixar in 2001. Prequel "Monsters University" shows how the monsters meet, at monster college, where they're frat-boy rivals who become friends. (June 21) 

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a reboot
Superman is a great hero, but he can be a bit boring, all clean-cut and square-jawed. Hollywood will reboot the character in "Man of Steel," with "Tudors" star Henry Cavill playing Supes, Amy Adams as love interest Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as villain General Zod. (June 14.)

Haven't had enough zombies? Good!
"World War Z" is based on Max Brooks' excellent book, which compiles fictional interviews with folks all over the world who tell of their experiences with a decade-long zombie apocalypse. Brad Pitt plays the U.N. employee who travels the world interviewing survivors and trying to get things under control. (June 21.)

All hail minions
"Despicable Me" was underrated when it was released in 2010. The characters were funny-looking and unfamiliar, and it wasn't from Pixar. But that film holds up, and now "Despicable Me 2" is on the way, with Steve Carell returning as villain-turned-daddy-figure Gru, Al Pacino as his new nemesis, and a million yellow pill-shaped minions hopping around speaking their own patented gibberish. (July 3.)

Start your engines
Even if you don't know F-all about F1 (Formula One racing, that is), the sport sure gets some great movies made about it.  The 2010 documentary "Senna," about handsome doomed driver Ayrton Senna, was one of the best films of that year. And now comes "Rush," Ron Howard's film about the 1976 rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, and Lauda's recovery from the fiery crash that nearly killed him, and has scarred his face to this day. (Sept. 20)

Supercalifragilisticexpila...well, you know the rest
What's that you say? Tom Hanks starring as Walt Disney? Emma Thompson as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers? It won't take a spoonful of sugar for us to line up for "Saving Mr. Banks," which tells the story of how the beloved flying nanny came to the big screen.  (Dec. 20.)

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