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

Pacific Rim

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

Ender's Game

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

After Earth

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

About Time

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

Patriot Act

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

Alongside Night

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

Director: N/A

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

Carson Napier

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

The Host

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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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome hub, I'll have to pass this on to my hubby he would love this!

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Thanks. I'm glad you liked the hub, and i hope your husband will too. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and have a nice holiday. :)

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marstoblog 3 years ago from Hitchin, England

Star Trek:Into Darkness is a must watch for me! Can't wait! saw the preview before the watching The Hobbit and it looks spectacular, especially in 3D . Who is Benedict Cumberbatch's character, that's what I want to know!

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

lol Yeah, I feel the same way, as I want to see "Star Trek Into Darkness" too. I have a feeling on who it might be, and i don't think it's khan; in spite of the constant rumors. However, I won't say, as I could be wrong, and i wouldn't want to possibly spoil it for most viewers. anyways, that's one of the sci-fi films im looking forward to, and i honestly want to see "pacific rim" after seeing the trailer. i never even heard of the film until i put this hub together, and it looks like it could be a great movie. I can't wait to see and review it on here. :)

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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

I dont think Benedict Cumberbatch is per-say "Khan" but i do think he will share some similarities to that character.

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marstoblog 3 years ago from Hitchin, England

Pacific rim does look good as well!

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author


yeah i think you hit the nail on the head there, as i think you might be right

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author


lol yep. also, i hope after earth is good, as the trailer looks great, but im not sure if shamalan can be trusted anymore as a director, but we'll see.

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