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By Roger Moore
McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Sure, it's Oscar season. But the Oscars are the ghosts of Movies Past--last year's movies, yesterday's news.
It's 2013. What do this year's movies hold in store for us? We've got remakes of "Evil Dead," "Old Boy" and "Carrie," reboots of Superman ("Man of Steel") and Mr. Patriot Games ("Jack Ryan").
There are, of course, sequels galore, from "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" to "Monsters University," "A Good Day to Die Hard," "Fast & Furious 6," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "RED 2," "300: Rise of an Empire" to "The Best Man 2," "Thor: The Dark World" and--shudder--"Anchorman: The Legend Continues."
Will the second "Hunger Games" ("Catching Fire," Nov. 22) improve on the first one? Will "The Desolation of Smaug" (Dec. 13) be a shorter, quicker "Hobbit" than the first one?
Is "Ender's Game" (Nov. 1) the next "Hunger Games?"
Does Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips" the one about the Maersk Alabama hijacking, Oct. 11) still have box office clout? Does "The Hangover" ("Hangover III") still have legs?
Just from scanning the hundreds of titles slated to head our way this year, it's obvious that it may be more of a guy's year at the movies than usual--even with a "Hunger Games" sequel. But there are plenty of pictures with intriguing combinations of story, cast, director and place within the zeitgeist to give us hope. Here are 10 of them:
;">"Oz the Great and Powerful" (March 8) is Disney's prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," how the Midwestern magician landed in Oz and became a wonderful wizard. This could be this year's "John Carter," or it could be the film every child is dying to see over spring break.
;">"The Heat" (April 5) will be the second Melissa McCarthy comedy (after "Identity Thief," Feb. 8). Is there such a thing as too much Melissa? Sandra Bullock spent way too much time after winning her Oscar to get back into the swing of things. A buddy comedy will be her first project in theaters this year, with the sci-fi epic "Gravity" awaiting a release date.
;">"Pain & Gain" (April 26) pairs up Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as musclehead ex-cons, a couple of dopes, who stumble into crime. Nobody does buddy pictures like Wahlberg, and the trailers are a hoot.