IT WAS a decent year for films in 2012 with the blockbuster The Avengers, Hulk smashing its way to box office glory and art house film Shame, featuring a spellbinding performance from actor Michael Fassbender.
And this year is shaping up to be even better.
With the Oscar nominations announced last week, with Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln receiving 12 nominations, there are several critically acclaimed films just on the horizon.
Bundaberg Reading Cinema complex manager Brent Abercrombie said of the Oscar films to be released over the next two months, Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained, was heavily anticipated.
"That is going to be quite big," he said.
The film is set in salvery era America and about a former dentist, Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who buys the freedom of a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and trains him to be his deputy bounty hunter.
With the help of his new mentor he sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Mr Abercrombie said another film receiving rave reviews was Silver Linings Playbook about a former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) who moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Things get interesting when he meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with her own problems.
"This will be a film to get the older crowds in," he said.
He said he thought the Star Trek sequel would be among the box office heavyweights of the year.
Mr Abercrombie said there would also be the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D as well as comic book to film adaptations Man of Steel, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3 to look forward to.
And for the kids there is Pixar animation Monsters University, a prequel to the hugely successful Monsters, Inc, featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.
Films nominated for Oscars opening in 2013
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Other anticipated films of 2013
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Oz: The Great and Powerful
The Great Gatsby
This Is 40
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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