One business that is consistently strong every year is that of the movies. Here’s a look at the upcoming films you should watch out for in early 2013.
Gangster Squad (January 11) – This crime movie boasts of an all-star cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. The setting is the 50’s and the plot revolves around LAPD detectives of the time getting rid of the gangsters in LA. The trailer is an impressive one, reminiscent of the great movies of this genre. The film was set to be released this year but because of a scene that parallels the 2012 Aurora shooting, the studio opted for a 2013 opening.
Mama (January 18) – The movie may lack star power (with the exception of producer Guillermo del Toro) but the creepy trailer is more than enough to draw moviegoers to Mama, a horror about two haunted young girls who were discovered in a forest after being lost for five years. This film definitely looks like it has potential, and is expected to be popular among the young crowd who is always in the mood for a good scare.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 25) – Fairy tale re-imaginings have become a popular trend in the movies for the past years. We had seen the likes of Snow White and Red Riding Hood get the Hollywood treatment and 2013 is no exception for a Brothers Grimm rekindling. This time, it’s Hansel and Gretel’s turns to shine in a movie, not as innocent candy-loving kids but as vengeful bounty hunters slash witch hunters. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the titular characters. And yes, it will be in 3D as well.
Parker (January 25) – Action crowd favorite Jason Statham stars as Parker, a professional thief who got involved with a traitorous crew and an attractive real estate agent, portrayed by superstar Jennifer Lopez, her first action movie in years. Their pairing definitely calls for sizzling chemistry and J.Lo’s presence will surely draw male moviegoers to this testosterone-packed movie.
Warm Bodies (February 1) – The concept of vampires as love interests is so last year. 2013 will be all about the other undead beings we are all fascinated with: the zombies. Instead of an invasion, Warm Bodies, starring rising stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, will explore the absurd idea of these flesh-eating creatures discovering human emotions, even their capacity for love and romance. The trailer is laced with humor and the scenes shown make it seem like the movie is not taking itself too seriously, so maybe for that, it is worth a watch.
Side Effects (February 8) – Previously titled The Bitter Pill, Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller is a must-see. The trailer is intriguing enough and the cast is a huge draw as well, with the likes of Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The movie is from the same creators of 2011’s Contagion. We’ll see if Tatum’s blockbuster streak will stretch into 2013.
Safe Haven (February 14) – This Nicholas Sparks adaptation (Are we ever running out of those?) is strategically released close to Valentine’s Day to get moviegoers in the mood for love. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, it looks like your typical Spark’s drama: North Carolina setting, a tragic occurrence, and possibly a heart-wrenching ending, but nothing will stop the female crowds from flocking to the theaters, boyfriends or husbands in tow.
A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14) – A movie that will be counter-programming the romantic movies on Valentine’s Day is the fifth installment of the Die Hard series. Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, the plot involves his estranged son and terrorists, and the setting is Moscow, Russia. Die Hard fans, or men in general, will be pleased.
Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1) – The second fairytale-adapted movie this year will feature Jack from the Jack the Giant Killer, or the more familiar version we all knew from our childhood, Jack and the Beanstalk. The trailer boasts epic special effects and a good mix of humor and adventure. It stars Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci and Nicholas Hoult, who plays the lead Jack, a farmboy who accidentally opens a gateway to the giants’ world and is tasked to rescue the princess.
Oz: The Great and the Powerful (March 8) – It’s presuming but safe to say that Sam Raimi’s Oz will be one of 2013’s biggest moneymakers. James Franco stars as Oz and the three witches will be portayed by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. In this film, we see the transformation of Oscar Diggs, from small-time circus magician to the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. The colorful trailer is already a sight to behold, one can imagine seeing it in 3D format will be mind-blowing. It can be one those rare movies that is worth the steeper ticket price.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (March 15) – Funnymen Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell star in this comedy which follows the crazy antics of magicians in Las Vegas. In competitive mode, the two comedians try to outdo each other with over-the-top tricks and silly endurance tests, and from these, there’s definitely a lot of hilarious scenarios one can come up with. Steve Buscemi co-stars.
The Host (March 29) – Stephenie Meyer shoot to fame with the Twilight series but she also had written other books outside that genre, one of which is The Host. The interesting plot of this sci-fi/romance book just calls for a movie adaptation: a parasitic alien inhabited a human girl’s body but failed to take over her mind. A bond was then formed between them, but challenges arise when they realize they love the same man. The movie is directed by Andrew Niccol and stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel.