After the last entry highlighted a TINY amount of films coming out which grab my interest, it makes sense to finish the job and to do the same thing for the latter half of the year.
However, as you will soon be able to deduce yourselves, the second half of the year is fairly guilty of sequel-itis.
Despicable Me 2 (released 28/06/2013)
The first Despicable Me was a charming and funny animated film that almost completely bypassed my usual cynicism. Gru's minions are hilarious and whilst the focus of the advertising of the second film almost exclusively focuses on them, here's hoping the film will be another light hearted and amusing film.
The Wolverine (released 26/07/2013)
Hugh Jackson is always at the very least watchable but the X-Men Origins film dealing with Wolverine was underwhelming. It is reassuring to see a rather drastic change of locale as the film takes the character to Japan. I'm hoping there'll also be some cool Samurai/Ronin themes going on as well.
The World's End (released 14/08/2013)
The long awaiting end to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Edgar Wright's previous two entries, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were both amazing. Featuring both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, there are high hopes that this film will be as of as high quality as the previous two films. Doing for science fiction what SotD did for zombies and Hot Fuzz did for action.
Riddick (released 06/09/2013)
Vin Diesel's other franchise has him playing shiny lensed gravel voiced prisoner, Richard B. Riddick. Once again, after Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, David Twohy is writing and directing and hopefully tightened up a bit after the good ideas but scattered implementation of the second film.
Elysium (released 20/09/2013)
Neil Blomkamp's second feature film after the fantastic District 9 is another science fiction piece starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and District 9 alum Sharlto Copley. Dealing with two classes of people and the struggles between them, this film could be trying to match the intensity of his first film.
Finally. The neo-noir super stylish Sin City is back. Complete with insane cast inc. Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ray Liotta, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis etc etc etc.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (released 25/10/2013)
Again, another animated film that I had no expectations of which turned out to be amazingly good fun. And here's a sequel! Following on from the first film but ignoring the sequel to the book the first film is based on may turn out to be a bad choice but I'm certainly interested in this one.
Thor: The Dark World (released 30/10/2013)
Same as Iron Man 3 coming out earlier this year, I'm dying to see the Marvel machine move the Avengers into phase 2 and see how the characters deal with being on their own again after their ensemble moment. I like Chris Hemsworth as Thor and as long as Tom Hiddleston appears as Loki, I'll be happy.
Wee! Like when I was a wee nipper and look forward to the next LoTR films, the Hobbit is having the same effect on me. Bring it on!