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The biggest films of 2013

With Argo and Lincoln heading for DVD, we round up the best films still to come this year as Hollywood prepares to unleash its Summer blockbusters.

The Hangover Part III
(Se Beber, Não Case! Parte III)

Release date: 31 May 2013
The Hangover was a comedy hit, while 2011’s Bangkok-set sequel was slammed (but still a box-office success). This is the final episode in the series, and the original cast (including Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) are present and incorrect. One for... Men behaving badly. Still.

The Great Gatsby (O Grande Gatsby)

Release date: 7 June 2013
Leo DiCaprio playing you-know-who. Carey Mulligan as his lost love Daisy. Flapper dresses by Prada. Diamonds by Tiffany. Soundtrack by Jay-Z. Can Baz Luhrmann’s 3D version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic live up to the hype? Can it? One for... Fashion junkies, Carey groupies, Leo lovers and, just maybe, fans of the book.

Before Midnight (Antes da Meia Noite)

Release date: 7 June 2013
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back for the third instalment of their walking-and-talking love story. It’s 18 years since the first film, Before Sunrise, and this time we find the on-off lovers on a sunny Greek island. One for... Date night.

Monsters University (Universidade Monstros)

Release date: 21 June 2013
Twelve years after Monsters, Inc. comes this long-awaited prequel to the Disney Pixar favourite. It’s set ten years before the original and drops in on the colourful critters during their college days. John Goodman and Billy Crystal return as the voices of Sulley and one-eyed Mike. But after disappointments like Brave and Cars 2, can Pixar raise its game? One for... Families and Pixar fans.

World War Z (Guerra Mundial Z)

Release date: 28 June 2013
This Brad Pitt v zombies blockbuster arrives with a troubled history of delays and reshoots. Not to mention a trailer without a decent close-up of a zombie. Still, don’t write it off just yet. One for... Brad Pitt fans and fright freaks.

Man of Steel (O Homem de Aço) 

Release date: 12 July 2013
Is Superman about to take us to the dark side? Christopher Nolan, the man behind the Batman trilogy, is a producer and co-writer of this origin tale starring virtually unknown Brit actor Henry Cavill. One for... Those who prefer their heroes with an edge.

 The Bling Ring
(Bling Ring: A Gangue de Hollywood)

Release date: 12 July 2013
Blimey, Hermione! What would Ron say? Emma Watson has kept a lowish profile since Harry Potter. Not any more. In Sofia Coppola’s new film, Watson plays a bad girl – one member of a real-life gang who broke into the homes of celebs sych as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. One for... Hermione groupies and trendsters.

The Lone Ranger (O Cavaleiro Solitário)

Release date: 12 July 2013
Aka ‘Pirates of the Wild West’. Johnny Depp reunites with Pirates... director Gore Verbinski for a film based on the classic TV series. Depp is back in the slap as Tonto, the Native American warrior with a dead crow on his head. One for... Anyone who loves Johnny Depp and a good yarn.

The Wolverine (Wolverine: Imortal)

Release date: 26 July 2013
The X-Men franchise just keeps on giving. Hugh Jackman, fresh from Les Mis, is back as the clawed one, and headed to Japan. This is not a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine; it’s a standalone film. But even with the Oriental spin, will Marvel find this is one X too far? One for... X-Men addicts and Les Mis fans hoping for an eyeful of Hugh with his top off.

Pacific Rim (Círculo de Fogo)

Release date: 9 August 2013
Fanboy hero Guillermo del Toro (HellboyPan’s Labyrinth) is back behind the camera for the first time since 2008’s Hellboy II for this epic sci-fi-cum-monster movie. It tells a tale of giant beasts fighting giant robots, so expect it to be loud. And crunchy. One for... Boys, big and small.

Jurassic Park 3D (Parque Dos Dinossauros 3D)

Release date: 30 August 2013
It’s 20 years since Steven Spielberg scared the jeepers out of audiences with lifelike dinos roaming around a wildlife park created by a billionaire philanthropist and a team of crazy genetic scientists. Now the film’s being re-released with the one element that was obviously missing first time round – 3D! One for... Everyone!

One Direction: This Is Us

Release date: 13 September 2013
Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind McDonald’s doc Super Size Me – what crusade is his new film taking us on? Er, none. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at boy crooners One Direction. Spurlock is promising ‘lovely emotional moments’ and ‘more shirtless moments than you can imagine’. One for... Tweenies and women with an age-inappropriate crush on Harry Styles. 

Kick-Ass 2

Release date: 18 October 2013
Hit Girl – the C-word spewing, baddy-splattering mini- superheroine played by Chloë Moretz – is the big draw here. This comic-book sequel finds her all grown-up and starting high school (ah, bless). One for... Anyone who loves to hear a teenage girl swearing.

The World's End

Release date: 25 October 2013
This is the third film from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg – the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. It’s another genre- teasing Brit comedy, this time featuring a bunch of blokes (including Martin Freeman and Pegg himself) who embark on a pub crawl during the apocalypse. One for... Anyone with a GSOH.

Behind the Candelabra

Release date: TBC
Stunt casting alert: Michael Douglas plays old-time crooner Liberace and Matt Damon is his boyfriend. One for... Devotees of Matt Damon, camp outfits and stranger-than-fiction stories.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Release date: TBC
Steve Coogan has finally got round to making a movie based on Norwich’s finest DJ. The story is rumoured to take place entirely in and around Norfolk, and to involve Partridge’s latest employer, North Norfolk Digital, being taken over by a global corporation. One for... Those who have faith in TV comedy working on the big screen.

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

Release Date: TBC
Shane Meadows (This Is England) filmed the legendary Manchester band before and during last year’s comeback gigs. His frank doc is as much about the fans as the music. One for... Music lovers and fans of comeback tales.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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