Best Science Fiction Movies of 2013: Updated with info about the new Riddick film, & the 3d re-release of Jurassic Park
It's that special time of year again, where I publish my preview hubs for the films set to be released next year. Like the last few years, readers can expect to see cast information, and release dates to some of their favorite upcoming movies; while offering a few trailers as well.
Sadly, not all these previews will have trailers, as they're not available yet. However, I will be updating this hub throughout 2013, so I'll be adding them as they become available.
As some readers may know, I started to divide up these previews based on the genre of film. Anyways, be sure to check your local listings, as release dates are subject to change.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Elly Kaye, Beau Billingslea
Synopsis: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones 3-D
Director: George Lucas
Writers: George Lucas, Jonathan Hales
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, Jimmy Smits, Jack Thompson, Ahmed Best, Leeanna Walsman, Anthony Daniels, Andy Secombe, Jay Laga'aia, Joel Edgerton
Synopsis: Ten years later, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Princess and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
Release Date: September 20, 2013
Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith 3-D
Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Silas Carson, Jay Laga'aia, Bruce Spence, Wayne Pygram, Temuera Morrison
Synopsis: After three years of fighting in the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker falls prey to the Sith Lord's lies and makes an enemy of the Jedi and those he loves, concluding his journey to the Dark Side.
Release Date: October 4, 2013
Jurassic Park 3-D
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, BD Wong, Gerald R. Molen, Miguel Sandoval, Cameron Thor, Richard Attenborough
Synopsis: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Release Date: April 5, 2013
Director: David Twohy
Writers: David Twohy, Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Dave Bautista, Katee Sackhoff, Nolan Gerard Funk, Bokeem Woodbine, Jordi Mollà, Raoul Trujillo, Antoinette Kalaj, Keri Hilson, Neil Napier, Noah Danby, Matt Nable, Conrad Pla, Andreas Apergis
Synopsis: Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
Release Date: September 6, 2013
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Joseph Kosinski, William Monahan, Michael Arndt, Karl Gajdusek, Arvid Nelson
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Zoe Bell, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Catherine Kim Poon, Andrea Riseborough, Jaylen Moore, James Rawlings, John L. Armijo, Andrew Breland, Jordan Sudduth, Jeremy Sande, Julie Harden, Efraiem Hanna, Philip Odango, Z. Dieterich, Paul Gunawan
Synopsis: Earth is a memory worth fighting for.
Release Date: April 19, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Amanda Plummer, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Ritchson, Paula Malcomson, Elena Sanchez, Meta Golding, Lynn Cohen, Bruno Gunn, Kacie Jo Marta Nickles, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Jaylen Moore, Patrick St. Esprit, Nelson Ascencio, Daniel Bernhardt
Synopsis: The continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen, which take place in a futuristic dystopian world, as she prepares for the Quarter Quell.
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Travis Beacham
Cast: Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi, Robert Maillet, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Jake Goodman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke, Diego Klattenhoff, Heather Doerksen, Robin Thomas, Timothy Gibbs, David Richmond-Peck, Joe Pingue, Milton Barnes, Mark Baldesarra, Robert Morse, Duncan McLeod
Synopsis: When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.
Release Date: July 12, 2013
Director: Gavin Hood
Writers: Gavin Hood, Orson Scott Card
Cast: Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak, Moises Arias, Han Soto, Andrea Powell, Brandon Soo Hoo, Nonso Anozie, Suraj Partha, Khylin Rhambo
Synopsis: 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Release Date: November 1, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Director: Jon M. Chu
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Cast: Channing Tatum, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis, Ray Park, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins, Arnold Vosloo, Han Soto, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung
Synopsis: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
Release Date: March 29, 2013
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan, Stephen Gaghan, Michael Soccio, Gary Whitta
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoë Kravitz, Kristofer Hivju, David Denman, Lincoln Lewis, Sacha Dhawan, Chris Geere, Gilbert Soto, Jaden Martin, Darrell Foster, Faron Salisbury, Nick Grock, Jon Douglas Rainey, Albert Valladares, Corey Brown, Monika Jolly, Andrew W. Johnson, Shawn Gonzalez
Synopsis: After a crash landing, a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier.
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Diego Luna, Carly Pope, Talisa Soto, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sonia Braga, Faran Tahir, Ona Grauer, Wagner Moura, Terry Chen
Synopsis: Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
Release Date: August 9, 2013
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Rodrigo Garcia, Jonás Cuarón
Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Basher Savage, Eric Michels
Synopsis: Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Release Date: October 18, 2013
Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lee Asquith-Coe, Rowena Diamond, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Matt Butcher, Lindsay Duncan, Vanessa Kirby, Catherine Steadman, Lisa Eichhorn, Will Merrick, Joshua McGuire, Lydia Wilson
Synopsis: As he goes through life, a young man who can travel through time learns his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere.
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Director: Dean Gold
Writer: Dean Gold
Cast: Ben Seton, Dominika Juillet, Gil Navarra, Daz Crawford, Michael Fallon, Cal Rein, Tammy Felice, Dave Vescio, May Tan, Jesse Wang, Jon Napier, Nahid Samandari, Casey Dacanay, Art Roberts, Amy Lyndon
Synopsis: Sector 70 is a noir-ish dystopian future where prosperity belongs to the few - and those determined to take it. Jarron Brenner did well by the system until his body was invaded by the technology he helped to sell. After a series of traumatic events, a mysterious agent Miranda May takes it upon herself to help save Jarron's life. Soon, however, they find themselves hunted by the shadowy forces of an alien conspiracy.
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Director: Wayne Slaten
Writer: Wayne Slaten
Cast: James Hong, Richard Grieco, Silje Reinåmo, Mayra Leal, Jacob Reynolds, Jason Douglas, David Matranga, Yi Tian, Donny Boaz, Annalee Jefferies, Wayne Dehart, Shayla Bagir, Matthew Carter, Sophia Ellis, Nick W. Nicholson
Synopsis: Kane is a retired member of The Legion, a hit squad responsible for the extinction of an alien race. Set in a future communist America, Kane must now hunt a renegade Dropa alien intent on killing the former members of his team.
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Director: J. Neil Schulman
Writer: J. Neil Schulman
Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Said Faraj, Sam Jenkins, Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, Gary Graham, Rebekah Kennedy, Mara Marini, Valence Thomas, Reid Cox, Ron Paul, Kyle Leatherberry, Eric Colton, Charlie Morgan Patton, J. Neil Schulman
Synopsis: Alongside Night is the story of the final economic collapse of the United States as seen through the eyes of 18-year-old Elliot Vreeland, searching for his missing Nobel-laureate-economist father, and the mysterious 18-year-old "Lorimer" whom Elliot meets in a black-market underground, whose own father might be the reason Elliot's father is missing.
Release Date: July 12, 2013
Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede
Director: Robert Rugan
Writers: Robert Rugan, Bradley Denton, Steve Tomlin, F. Paul Benz
Cast: Jon Heder
Synopsis: Television screens around the world black out, and rock icon, Buddy Holly, appears with a cryptic message for an average electronics salesman, Oliver Vale, who then must embark upon a heroic journey to save the world from an alien plot.
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Wrath of Job
Writers: John Gray, Spencer Gray
Cast: Tony Todd, Michael Paré, Michael Berryman, Lee Perkins
Synopsis: Faith Kills: A dark secret from the past comes back to haunt the priests who run a Catholic School.
Release Date: October 31, 2013
Never Open the Door
Director: Vito Trabucco
Writers: Vito Trabucco, Christopher Maltauro
Cast: Jessica Sonneborn, Kristina Page, Deborah Venegas, Steven Richards, Matthew Aidan, George Troester, Mike Wood
Synopsis: Three happy couples enjoy the holidays in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives.
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Director: Mark Maine
Writer: Mark Maine, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cast: Monte Markham, Rico E. Anderson
Synopsis: After the War, flying Ace Carson Napier has all but given up on life, and a "civilized" society. At the lowest point in his dark days, fortune changes for Carson and he inherits the expansive estate of his long lost Grandfather. Fate leads Carson and he decides to risk his life and immediately follow his Grandfather's cold trail. Adventure leads Carson to a distant land aboard an aged craft built by a certified "crazy old man" his beloved Grandfather. Carson arrives to this new and exotic place and meets a beautiful alien princess. Her people are in need of help to defend themselves from the villains that also live within the deep dense jungles of this strange new world.
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Director: Kate Chaplin
Writer: Kate Chaplin
Cast: Sarah Moore, Melissa Chapman, Raymond Kester, Kami Leach, Jamie Angel, Chris Spurgin, Matthew W. Allen, Craig Lemons, Richard Hackel, David Ross, Amy Pauszek, Tristan Ross, Terry Shepard, Larry E. Jones Jr., Glenna Reinhardt
Synopsis: A married couple finds a human analog in their basement. The Analog appears to be a woman of the age of 20 but in reality she is a clone with the intelligence of a toddler. After being blackmailed by big business, the couple takes on the task to raise this analog and teach her what it means to be human.
Release Date: March 30, 2013
Director: Deuandra T. Brown
Writer: Deuandra T. Brown
Cast: Deuandra T. Brown, Cherie Johnson, Tomas Johansson, Rick Crawford, Bubba Ganter, Nick Leland, Stanley Robinson, Anastacia Diaz, Ellen R. Brown, Mireya S. Brown, Shareka Sherrod, Brionna Joiner, Frank Prell, Ana L. Jaramillo, Merek Browne
Synopsis: Five friends go on a road trip to Sin City for Vicki's wedding. On the road trip they have a encounter with a UFO. Plum takes control of the situation. Finding herself in the middle of it all with Jack the leader from the other planet.
Release Date: November 8, 2013
The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe
Director: Malik Isasis
Writer: Malik Isasis
Cast: Nikhil Melnechuk, Patricia Gil De Rubio, Teresa Stephenson, Vern Tremble, Sade Namei, Lucia Grillo, Chris Holliday, Kenneth Browning, Artan Telqiu, Jennifer Burry, Lidia Sek, Matt Rosario, Dwayne Gott, Patricia Gil de Rubio, Jared Szafman
Synopsis: Time travel will not be impossible forever.
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Space Samurai: Oasis
Director: Mark Maine
Writer: Mark Maine
Cast: Monte Markham, Rico E. Anderson, Brise Maine
Synopsis: One man aboard the International Space Station Oasis thinks there's a weapon of mass destruction embedded within this eighth wonder of the world. Some assembly required. He must decide the fate of the society, and possibly all humanity from enemy global domination. But, no one else on the station or Earth believes him. Now, in a race against the clock, he must prove his own sanity, and save civilization.
Release Date: October 10, 2013
The Problem with Honor
Director: William Craft
Writer: William Craft
Cast: Dana Blackstone, Rick Ford, Greg Sutton, Lenore Sagaskie, Frank B Stevens, Rick Meredith, Darius Devontaye Green, Dana Alan Ferguson, Mark Hammond, Marvin Balgoyen, Angela Ashley, Christine Bell, Daniel Bantz, Cedric Demps, Linda L. Douglas
Synopsis: A Galactic War has just ended atrocities were committed and some one needs to be held accountable. Both sides are prepared to present their cases do cultural consideration outweigh justice or is our understanding of Justice an absolute.
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Land of the Outlaws
Director: Matt Zettell
Writer: Michael Dault
Cast: Michael Dault
Synopsis: It's 2064. America is recovering from a zombie apocalypse and the prohibition of technology is imposed. Lawmen now rule the land, but a Wild West mentality remains. Amidst the backdrop of one city's reform, a series of heists threaten the Roxville Patrol Force's impeccable legacy. Enter the honest but troubled veteran, Officer Curtis Ames. When he and his temperamental partner (Jimmy 'Six-Gun' Devlin) stumble upon a gang of corrupt officers, Curtis decides to bring them all to justice before he rides off into the sunset. In this knock down, shoot em' up western tale, Ames, Devlin and former officer Knuckles Milloy embark on a heroic journey to bring down the dirty lawmen and restore justice back to Roxville once again.
Release Date: September 1, 2013
The Periphery Project, Vol. II
Director: Steve Edmiston
Writers: Steve Edmiston, Jacob Anderson
Cast: Eric Riedmann
Synopsis: One man's mission to expose an illegal government operation to spy upon independent filmmakers - one public access show at a time. Inspired by a true story.
Release Date: November 1, 2013
West Nile Virus
Director: Melissa Caudle
Writer: Melissa Caudle
Cast: Jamie Alyson Caudle
Synopsis: When an outbreak of West Nile Virus begins killing off the population in New Orleans, a biology professor and his young assistant race to save mankind. Who will live and who will die?
Release Date: November 13, 2013
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Writers: John Musker, Ron Clements, Hans Christian Andersen, Howard Ashman, Gerrit Graham, Sam Graham, Chris Hubbell
Voice Cast: Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Paddi Edwards, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Edie McClurg, Will Ryan, Ben Wright, Samuel E. Wright
Synopsis: A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land
Release Date: September 13, 2013
Director: Andrew Niccol
Writers: Andrew Niccol, Stephenie Meyer
Cast: Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Bokeem Woodbine, Boyd Holbrook, Marcus Lyle Brown, Chandler Canterbury, Andrea Frankle, Scott Lawrence, J.D. Evermore, Jaylen Moore, Raeden Greer
Synopsis: A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.
Release Date: March 29, 2013
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