As you've probably noticed, Hollywood has a strange, recurring habit of releasing two films about the exact same thing at almost the exact same time. Think Armageddon and Deep Impact (both were about asteroids), The Illusionist and The Prestige (old-timey magicians), and Titanic and Batman and Robin (ice) -- all of these were released in the same year as each other.
Normally, this usually only happens once every few years, like the Olympics. But this year, we're seeing a disturbing increase in the trend of movies double- and triple-dipping. Here are four exciting plots you'll see again and again (and again!) in 2013.
4The White House Is Under Attack!
Considering the entire decade of the 1980s, the fact that Hollywood hasn't done a mainstream White House hostage film until now is baffling. So this year, cinema history is making up for lost time and taking a big fiery dump in the Lincoln Bedroom.
"It's Air Force One, but ... on land! Land Force One!"
This first film, Olympus Has Fallen, centers on a disgraced Secret Service agent trying to protect the president from a terrorist attack on the White House. It's already been and gone in the theaters, but if you missed it, don't worry -- you can try again in a month with White House Down, which tells a totally different story about Channing Tatum as a dude applying for a job with the Secret Service, only to have to protect the president from a terrorist attack on the White House. (It's unclear if either film is a stealth remake of the 1996 Sinbad vehicle First Kid.)