An all-star line-up ...

A look at the upcoming year of releases for families ...

With a touch of the prehistoric, tales of fearsome giants and adventures of Epic proportions you are sure to find something to keep your younger kids, teens and even yourself entertained this year at the movies.

We have put together a list of the top ten films we are most excited about for 2013 and the best news is that quite a few are being released next month. Which means you don't have long to wait to hit the theatre with your popcorn and 3D glasses.

In the meantime, let us entertain you for the next ten minutes with a few trailer teasing moments.

The Croods (Due for release: March 2013)

The Croods have never experienced the world outside the cave they call home. But when their rocky shelter is destroyed the family of six set out on an adventure of a lifetime. As they trek across an awe-inspiring landscape in search of safety, the Croods discover a brave new world, full or wonderful and dangerous creatures that will leave them questioning if they could ever return to the dark confines of a cave?

Starring the vocal talents of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.

Not yet rated - suitable for all ages.


Jack the Giant Slayer (Due for release: March 2013)

A young farmhand named Jack (Nicholas Hoult), unwittingly reignites an ancient war between humans and a fearsome race of giants after he opens a gateway between our world and theirs.

As the giants storm the land they once lost, the burden of saving the kingdom and the captured princess falls on Jack. Will he be able to lead an expedition into the heart of the giants’ kingdom and save his world before it’s too late?

Also starring Ewan McGreagor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and Eleanor Tomlinson.

Not yet rated – suitable for older children and teenagers

 

Escape from Planet Earth (Due for release: March 2013)

Astronaut Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser) is considered a national hero by the blue alien population of planet Baab. Famous for his daring rescues, Scorch doesn’t think twice about responding to an SOS call from a notoriously dangerous alien planet – Earth. But little does he know he has walked straight into a trap.

With Scorch held prisoner in Area 51 by the villainous General Shanker (James Gandolfini), it is up to his brainy brother Gary (Rob Corddry) to save the day. But with more brains and considerably less brawn can Gary save him and a group of mismatched alien prisoners without being caught himself?

Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba also lend their voices to this action-packed 3D animation comedy.

Not yet rated – suitable for younger audiences

 

Oz the Great and Powerful (Due for release: March 2013)

Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a con-artist and circus magician from Kansas, finds himself swept up into the magical Land of Oz. The inhabitants of Oz are quick to offer him everything he has always longed for – fame, fortune and respect. But his new-found fame is about to unravel quickly if he cannot prove to the three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), that he is the great and powerful wizard they have all been waiting for.

Oscar must use every ounce of magical talent and wizardry he has if he is to discover who is good and who is evil in order to save Oz before it is too late. Will Oscar transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz?

Not yet rated – suitable for older children and teenagers

 

Iron Man 3 (Due for release: April 2013)

The plot for Iron Man 3 has been shrouded in secrecy but we have been able to deduce that Robert Downey Jr’s character, Tony Stark – aka Iron Man – finds his personal world destroyed at the hands of a new enemy.  Does this mean something happens to Peppa Potts?

Either way Stark must embark on a harrowing quest to find those responsible but can he win when everything he has created has been destroyed? Stark is about to find out if the man makes the suit or the suit makes the man.

Not yet rated – older children and teenagers are no doubt very eager for this release.

 

Epic (Due for release: May 2013)

When a teenage girl gets magically transported into a secret universe she discovers that her missing father was right all along about the existence of a group of warriors that protect the forest, known as the Leafmen.

Now trapped in their world, she must join forces with a group of colourful characters to not only find her way home but also help stop an evil force, known as the Boggans, from destroying their world and ours.

Starring Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyonce and Christoph Waltz.

Not yet rated - suitable for all ages

 

Man of Steel (Due for release: June 2013) 

We know what you’re thinking – ‘Not another Superman movie’ – but this one actually looks good. Having David S. Goyer (Batman trilogy) write the screenplay also works in their favour.

This version is a prequel of sorts and follows the early years of Clark Kent’s life, from his arrival to earth as an infant, his struggles with his growing powers and his decision to use his superhuman abilities to guard and protect his adopted world.

Not yet rated – suitable for older kids and teenagers

 

The Smurfs 2 (Due for release: July 2013)

The evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) has been busy hatching a plot to capture the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. His plan is set in motion when he creates a couple of mischievous smurf-like creatures – the Naughties, Vexy (Christina Ricci) and Hackus (J.B. Smoove). But he quickly learns that only ‘real’ Smurfs can give him the power he seeks . After successfully kidnapping Smurfette (Katy Perry) can he trick her into joining the Naughties and transforming them into actual Smurfs? Or will Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity, with the help of Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays), be able to save her before it’s too late?

Not yet rated – suitable for all ages

 

Despicable Me 2 (Due for release: July 2013)

The reformed criminal mastermind, Gru, is back for another round in Despicable Me 2. While little is known about the overall plot of the sequel, the trailer leads us to infer that some evil force is out to get those closest to Gru when his bumbling minions are snatched from the safety of their home by a faceless villain. Dr Nefario and the girls also return for round two with a score of new characters.

Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand voice this all-star film.

Not yet rated – suitable for all ages

 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Due for release: August 2013)

Clary Fray leads an average teenage existence in New York City – that is until her mother is attacked and taken by an evil creature that only she can see. Now, thrown into a world she never knew existed, Clary must join forces with a group of half-angel warriors sworn to protect our world from demons.  As a fierce battle between good and evil wages, Clary’s determination to save her mother will lead her to the truth about her past and it will forever change the course of her future.

Based on the worldwide best-selling book series by Cassandra Clare, this movie is bound to fill the void left by the conclusion of the Twilight series in the lives of young adults around the world.

Not yet rated – For a teenage audience

      

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Due for release: November 2013)

In the second instalment of The Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return to their homes in District 12. But it doesn’t take long for them to realise that the Capitol is far from finished with either of them. Forced to continue their fight for survival, both Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into the arena in the Quarter Quell.

Not yet rated – for a teenage audience