As the book is closed on 2012 and 2013 gets started it’s the perfect time to look ahead at what movies the new year has in store. This will look at the films most likely to appeal to those with a geeky sensibility that are being released in the first three months of the year.
“Mama,” January 18 – A young couple’s house become the new home to a pair of young children who were found abandoned. Except that it turns out they weren’t really alone. Something was protecting them, something called “Mama.” And it’s followed them to their new home. The thing that makes this already intriguing premise a film worth watching can be summed up in three words: Guillermo Del Toro. The horror master may not have directed the film but his name on the producers list of any film, particularly a horror film, is quickly becoming a mark of quality.
“Warm Bodies,” February 1 – The zombies are here and a war between the living and the dead is raging. In the midst of all of this a young zombie does the unthinkable: he falls in love with a living woman. Now the two must find some way to keep their love alive in a world where the presence or absence of a heartbeat determines what side the war you fight on. This bonkers premise could do a bit to inject some fresh life into the still raging zombie craze.
“Jack the Giant Slayer,” March 1 – A big scale epic retelling of the classic story of Jack and the beanstalk. There’s a fair amount of earned skepticism about this film. For starters it was supposed to come out last summer but after a chilly reception to a very limp first trailer it was pushed back to this release date. Hopefully this was enough time to polish the film into a better finished product, because the components still show promise between Bryan Singer as the director and actors like Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci being on board.
“Stoker,” March 1 – There isn’t much known about the plot of this family drama. However the reason to be excited is that this is the English language debut of director Park Chan-wook. He made the now infamous “Oldboy,” which has a remake out later this year, as well as a number of other highly regarded films in his native Korea. His approach is always unique and twisted and this film promises to be in that vein.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful,” March 8 – This film is intended to serve as a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” and followed the hapless “wizard” in his first arrival to the magical world. James Franco is in the lead, though it’s not clear from the trailers if he’s bringing his A game or just sleeping through this one. This also marks the return of director Sam Raimi after he left the Spider-Man franchise behind. It’s a setting and a world ripe for exploration if the story holds well enough.
“Carrie,” March 15 – Normally a horror remake, which are already a dime a dozen, wouldn’t warrant much attention. However there’re a few things that make this one a little different. Firstly there’s the casting of Chloë Grace Moretz, who’s already proven herself in the horror film “Let Me In.” Even more exciting though is director Kimberly Pierce. She’s best known for the Oscar winning 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry.” She has a fairly short filmography and chooses her projects very carefully, meaning she wouldn’t have taken on this film if she didn’t have a vision for it.