Setting aside the usual slew of exciting (and not so exciting) franchise sequels, from Star Trek Into Darkness to Monsters University, 2013's shaping up to be an intriguingly eclectic year. We're looking forward to Kathryn Bigelow's widely-praised chronicle of the search for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, and on the other end of the scale we're curious (if bewildered) by Baz Luhrmann's decison to make The Great Gatsby in 3D.
Digital Spy previews the 20 must-watch movies of the upcoming year, starting with numbers 20 through to 11.
20. The Hangover Part III
Why you should see it: The third and final Hangover chapter will find the boys (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) in Las Vegas, doubtless getting into more outlandish scrapes - although this time out there's reportedly no wedding, no bachelor party, and a character death on the cards.
> 'The Hangover Part III': First-look Instagram pictures
19. World War Z
Why you should see it: Delayed by script problems and a series of reshoots, Marc Forster's post-apocalyptic horror - which stars Brad Pitt as a reporter interviewing the survivors of a zombie apocalypse - hasn't had the easiest start in life. But it's got Max Brooks's genre-redefining source novel working in its favour, and the fact that Buffy alum Drew Goddard was hired to do rewrites should be a comfort to genre fans.
> Brad Pitt on 'World War Z' reshoots: 'It's a monster of a film'
18. The Great Gatsby
Why you should see it: Between its strong cast (Mulligan, DiCaprio, Edgerton), its director Baz Luhrmann's trademark ravishing visuals and the intriguing use of contemporary music in the trailer, there's a whole lot to recommend this as more than yet another adaptation of Gatsby. We're just trying to figure out how you portray the slow decline of the American Dream... in 3D.
> Director Baz Luhrmann on 'Great Gatsby' delay: 'I'm still thrilled'
17. Kick-Ass 2
Why you should see it: Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn may be otherwise occupied, but most of the other major players from 2010's irreverent, salty-mouthed comic book adaptation are on board for the sequel, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse reprising their roles.
> 'Kick-Ass 2' official synopsis released
Why you should see it: The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony is a pretty tough act to follow, but Danny Boyle's giving it his best shot with new crime thriller Trance. James McAvoy stars as a fine art auctioneer who becomes mixed up in gang crime, replacing his X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender who was originally set to star. Regardless, this looks like a gem.
> James McAvoy, Danny Boyle film 'Trance' in London
15. Pacific Rim
Why you should see it: Guillermo del Toro's first film as director since 2008's Hellboy 2 looks set to be a characteristically visually lush telling of a familiar sci-fi story - aliens invade the Earth, and the human race fights back by releasing huge robots that are controlled by two unlikely heroes (Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi).
> 'Pacific Rim': San Francisco attacked in new clip
Why you should see it: Matt Damon stars in director Neil Blomkamp's follow-up to smart 2009 sci-fi District 9, playing an ex-con on a mission to bring equality to a dystopian future Earth, in which the rich live in a floating space station while the poor are left to fend for themselves on a ruined planet.
> Matt Damon releases more plot details for Neil Blomkamp's 'Elysium'
13. Man of Steel
Why you should see it: When Zack Snyder was announced as the director of the rebooted Superman, we proceeded with caution despite the involvement of Christopher Nolan. But the full trailer debuted this month and smashed through all our misgivings, promising a dark, thoughtful and genuinely epic ride that just might get us excited about Superman again.
> 'Man of Steel trailer: Henry Cavill soars as new Superman
12. Thor: The Dark World
Why you should see it: It's all about the 'dark' titles in 2013. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor for the third time following The Avengers, and Tom Hiddleston has told us that the sequel will focus on the reaction in Asgard to the near-apocalyptic events of that film. Following a temporary absence from the universe, Natalie Portman also returns as scientist Jane Foster.
> Tom Hiddleston on 'Thor: The Dark World' plot, Loki character
11. Monsters University
Why you should see it: Do you even need a reason? Pixar's long-awaited prequel to their 2001 charmer Monsters, Inc reunites voice artists Billy Crystal and John Goodman, playing younger incarnations of their beloved critters Mike and Sully who meet at university, and initially don't get along.
> 'Monsters University' teaser posters released by Pixar
Which of our top 20 are you looking forward to seeing in 2013? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!