Blockbusters? Check. Big-budget remakes? Yup. The odd quirky Brit sleeper hit? Sure thing.

The cinema release list for 2013 has all this and more, with the likes of The Hobbit and Die Hard sequels rubbing shoulders with refreshed horror flicks Carrie and The Evil Dead, along with Simon Pegg's latest collaboration with Edgar Wright, The World's End, to name just a few.

There's plenty to get excited about in the cinema in 2013. To help you decide what to watch, film forum moderator Ape Gone Insane rounds up the year's must-see list with this guide to 2013's biggest releases.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 25)

In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world (IMBb). Cast includes Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14)

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces (IMDb).

Stoker (March 1)

After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him (IMDb).

Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1)

A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess (IMDb).

Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)

Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity - and even a bit of wizardry - Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well (Wikipedia).

Carrie (March 15)

A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers (IMDb).

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)

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 (IMDb).

The Host (March 29)

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 (IMDb).

Evil Dead (April 12)

Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror (IMDb).

Oblivion (April 12)

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues an attractive female stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything (Wikipedia).

Iron Man 3 (May 3)

Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin (IMDb).

The Great Gatsby (May 10)

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy (IMDb).

Star Trek into Darkness (May 17)

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 (IMDb).

Fast and Furious 6 (May 24)

The Hangover Part III (May 24)

This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off (IMDb).

After Earth (June 7)

After a crash landing, a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier (IMDb).

Man of Steel (June 14)

An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world (IMDb).

Monsters University (June 21)

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at the University of Fear - when they weren't necessarily the best of friends (IMDb).

World War Z (June 21)

As a zombie pandemic traverses the globe, United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) travels the world trying to find a way to stop the pandemic that is defeating armies and collapsing governments as they try to prevent social collapse (Wikipedia).

Kick-Ass 2 (June 28)

The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows (IMDb).

Despicable Me 2 (July 3)

Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions and a host of new characters return (IMDb).

The Lone Ranger (July 3)

Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice (IMDb).

Pacific Rim (July 12)

When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace (IMDb).

The Wolverine (July 26)

In The Wolverine, based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited series, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences which he must give an "ends justify the means" stance on (Wikipedia).

300: Rise of an Empire (August 2)

The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (IMDb).

RED 2 (August 2)

Elysium (August 9)

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 (IMDb).

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23)

When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life (IMDb).

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4)

The town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants (IMDb).

Oldboy (October 11)

An everyday man has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation (IMDb).

Gravity (October 18)

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone--tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth, and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space (ComingSoon).

The World's End (October 25)

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries (IMDb).

Ender's Game (November 1)

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race (Wikipedia).

Thor: The Dark World (November 8)

Thor battles to save all the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. However, a primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to descend the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice (Wikipedia).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)

After returning home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) try to forget their time in the arena. But all is not well in the districts; rebellion is simmering. As they embark on the Victors Tour of the districts, Katniss has to prove to the Districts that her act in the arena The Hunger Games was not that of defiance against the Capitol, but one of love for Peeta. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, otherwise known as The Quarter Quell, to try and remind the districts who is ultimately in control (Wikipedia).

Frozen (November 27)

A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom (IMDb).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13)

The Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the misty mountains, but Bilbo has gained the one ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back off the Dragon, Smaug (IMDb).

Riddick (TBA)

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against a alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of merc, and the other captained by a man from Riddick's past (IMDb).