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Jan
2013

The Movies of 2013 – 1st Quarter

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Welcome to the first of four parts of an analysis of every major film release of 2013.

I decided to attempt something new this year where I would make some comments about every major release for the year before they released. I have compiled the list and broken it down by quarter.

  • Wednesday- 1st Quarter (January, February, March)
  • Thursday – 2nd Quarter (April, May, June)
  • Friday- 3rd Quarter (July, August, September)
  • Saturday – 4th Quarter (October, November, December)

There are some clear, “What in the world were they thinking?” projects coming out this year, and there are some that I think will surprise all of us.

Hopefully you enjoy this as it turned out to be a far more massive under taking than I ever expected.

21 and Over

Release Date: March 1, 2013
Studio: Relativity

Synopsis:

Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, Jeff Chang decides to do everything he wants to do for a change, even though his important medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this coming-of-drinking-age-comedy, from the writers of THE HANGOVER, about living youth to its fullest.

Analysis: So… it’s The Hangover for the younger set in a plot we have seen a million times. Oh yeah, this won’t suck at all.

Admission

Release Date: March 8, 2013
Studio: Focus Features

Synopsis:

Tina Fey (Date Night, 30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Knocked Up) star in Admission, the new film directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.

Analysis: Tina Fey has a less than stellar box office record, and Paul Rudd is very hit-and-miss. The straight-laced-professional-world-turned-upside-down story has been done to death. There is nothing here to latch on to, and my feeling is the audience will feel the same.

Beautiful Creatures

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Release Date: February 13, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

A supernatural love story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King,””P.S. I Love You”) directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Tetro”), newcomer Alice Englert, Academy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) Oscar(R) nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”), Emmy Rossum (TV’s “Shameless”) and Academy Award(R) winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”).

Analysis: And yet another young adult book series comes to the screen. I think they’re just throwing everything at the screen now to see what sticks, hoping that theirs is the next Harry Potter or Twilight series. The difference between this one, and even The Hunger Games, is that I had heard of all of them prior to the movies. I haven’t ever head one person speak a word about The Caster Series which this is based on. From the trailer it looks insanely predictable, and with no rabid fan base that I know of, I don’t think this will do much.

Broken City

Release Date: January 18, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force and the mayor’s worst nightmare.

Analysis: Thrillers are a mixed bag. They tend to rely on word-of-mouth for success, and you can never judge that until the film is released. That being said, there are some very tired tropes here, and nothing that screams out to me as being anything “must-see.”

Bullet to the Head

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Release Date: February 1, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis: 

Based on a graphic novel, Bullet to the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a DC cop (Kang) who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.

Analysis: For better or worse, Stallone still puts butts in seats, but how he is capable of this is beyond me. However, he is beginning to look… er… a bit ragged I feel.

The Call

Release Date: March 15, 2013
Studio: Sony / Screen Gems

Synopsis:

An emergency phone line operator (Halle Berry) confronting a killer from her past in order to save a young girls life.

Analysis: How many times have we seen similar stories? I’m already bored from that one sentence.

The Croods

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Release Date: March 22, 2012
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

Set in the prehistoric era, a man’s position as Leader of the Hunt is threatened by the arrival of a prehistoric genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions … like fire.

Analysis: And now we’re recycling animated movie ideas? Doesn’t the Ice Age series already fill this need? Like Escape From Planet Earth it may benefit from being the only kid movie out at the time.

Dark Skies

Release Date: February 22, 2013
Studio: Weinstein / Dimension

Synopsis:

From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION) Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons

Analysis: The producer behind this knows how to make low-budget hits, and this one will probably be no different. The name, however, is unfortunate. I think this could easily get confused with the NBC series of some years ago of the same name, or possibly even get confused with the current Falling Skies series.

Dead Man Down

Release Date: March 8, 2013
Studio: FilmDistrict

Synopsis:

Victor, a professional killer and the right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City, is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice, a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge.

Analysis: Good casting with Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and the likes of Armand Assante. Could do well as revenge is always a popular theme.

Escape From Planet Earth

Release Date: February 15, 2013
Studio: Weinstein Company

Synopsis:

The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.

Analysis: The trailer looks cute, but animated films are having a rough go of it as of late. The market has been flooded the past few months, but by the time this one hits there will be some space between releases, and families should be looking for something to take the kids to. The big drawback here: The Weinstein Company is not known for animated releases. We’ll have to see how this is marketed.

Gangster Squad

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Release Date: January 11, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Analysis: Originally set to be released on Sept. 7, 2012, Gangster Squad was delayed in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting as one scene in the film featured a similar scenario. While the right thing to do, this film lost all of its promotional momentum. While I have seen some lead-up to this new release date, it has been very slight, and I think this the project is going to be brushed under the carpet a big. Ryan Gosling will draw some female audience in, but this project pretty much has “doom” written all over it at this point through no fault of its own.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Release Date: March 29,2013
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence

Analysis: The trailers look fantastic, but the first film left a sour taste in a lot of mouths, and it’s still unclear how much the general film going audience cares about this franchise.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Release Date: February 15, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

John McClane goes global. For the first time, the New York City cop finds himself on an international stage as a fish out of water in Moscow. The film introduces McClane’s estranged son Jack, an apple that hasn’t fallen far from the tree, and who may even be more of a hard-ass than his father. John and Jack must put aside their personal and professional differences, and work together to keep each other alive and stop the Moscow underworld from controlling nuclear weapons.

Analysis: No … just, no. This movie doesn’t need to exist. The last one – Live Free or Die Hard – ended up doing $383 million globally off of a $110 million budget, so apparently the studio thinks some people still care. But it has been five years, will they really? And the Moscow premise just seems so silly.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Release Date: January 25, 2013
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past.

Analysis: This style of film has failed miserably in the past (Van Helsing, The Brothers Grimm), but it’s the first of its type since Once Upon a Time became a hit on TV. That being said, my gut tells me it is going to follow a similar path to previous films in this genre with a decent opening followed by a steep decline as word of mouth and reviews murder it. Renner has some steam to him right now thanks to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy. With the exception of the last, however, he hasn’t been the lead. In short, don’t expect this to go far.

A Haunted House

Release Date: January 11, 2013
Studio: Open Road Films

Synopsis:

In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.

Analysis: It’s a Wayans brothers movie… do I really need to say more? How this family continues to get a budget is beyond me. The first Scary Movie did well, and now that Marlon Wayans has left that series he has started a new one? Scary Movie 5 is coming up as well, and I don’t think either of these will do well, the spoof genre is very much in the decline.

The Host

Release Date: March 29, 2013
Studio: Open Road Films

Synopsis:

One soul, the Wanderer, is fused with a captured human named Melanie Stryder, in an attempt to locate the last pocket of surviving humans on Earth.

Analysis: Not really enough released on this yet to make a call, but from the general synopsis, it sounds like a fifth or sixth place opening in its first weekend.

Identity Thief

Release Date: February 8, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”….and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Analysis: Melissa McCarthy is hot since her turn in Bridesmaids, but can she handle the female lead? That remains to be seen. Jason Bateman isn’t a huge, bankable star, but his films do “okay.” This could actually end up having some legs to it if not all of the jokes have been in the trailer like happens with so many other comedies.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Release Date: March 15, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray, whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act-both onstage and off-if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Analysis: Was the world crying out for a movie about washed up magicians? This is a very stale formula for comedies – and I mean STALE – and Steve Carell films aren’t exactly packing the theaters. Don’t expect anything fresh from this, and don’t expect it to do big numbers.

Jack the Giant Slayer

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Release Date: March 1, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Analysis: Bryan Singer is a good director, and the film was pushed back nine months to allow for more special effects time. I just don’t know how audiences are going to take to this concept. Course, Snow White and the Huntsman did well.

The Last Exorcism Part II

Release Date: March 1, 2013
Studio: CBS Films

Synopsis:

Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.

Analysis: Normally a film that only did $67 million worldwide wouldn’t get a sequel, but when the original was made for only $1.8 million … yeah, it does. I would expect this to be pretty much a cut-and-paste of the first film.

The Last Stand

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Release Date: January 18, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.”

Analysis: Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to get his acting career going again after having taken some time off to be a governor. This synopsis sounds a lot like any of his films from the 1980s, and that is unfortunate. The success of this film will be based entirely on whether or not audiences are anxious to see it’s star back on the screen, and my gut instinct is that they really aren’t that up for it.

Mama

Release Date: January 18, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.

Analysis: Horror films have been doing well of late depending on their budget. The Paranormal Activity series and the first Last Exorcism film did well off of extremely low budgets. Horror films aren’t bringing in huge box office results, but when compared to their budgets, they’re tearing it up.

Movie 43

Release Date: January 25, 2013
Studio: Relativity

Synopsis:

Take a hilarious director, add a brilliant cast, mix in some twisted jokes, remove all boundaries, and then stand back…way back. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot (literally) by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most shocking, original, and dangerous comedies ever made. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jack McBrayer, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Pratt, Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun. Warning: not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Analysis: The Farrelly brothers are not the name they one were, and vignette comedies (think Kentucky Fried Movie from the late 1970s) usually do horribly at the box office, but then go on to great cult success. This will probably be the situation. This will be a “blink and you miss it” presence in the theaters. But, to be fair, the red band trailer made me laugh pretty hard.

Olympus Has Fallen

Release Date: March 22, 2013
Studio: FilmDistrict

Synopsis:

Olympus Has Fallen is an action thriller starring Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. The movie also stars Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell and Rick Yune.

Analysis: Gerard Butler isn’t able to carry a film, I’m sorry, but he isn’t. Great overall cast, but with the Butler in the lead I wouldn’t expect much from it.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

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Release Date: March 8, 2013
Studio: Disney

Synopsis:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

Analysis: I don’t think this will surpass $1 billion for Disney like Alice in Wonderland did, but it’s going to do well with this cast and director. Expect to hear a lot about this one.

Parker

Release Date: January 25, 2013
Studio: FilmDistrict

Synopsis:

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller, PARKER, based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake.

Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead.

Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.

Analysis: Donald E. Westlake’s Parker character has been brought to the screen a total of six times before this – the most notable being Lee Marvin in 1967’s Point Blank and Mel Gibson in 1999’s Payback. I know absolutely nothing about the character to say if this is an accurate portrayal or not, but Statham has a very mixed track record when it comes to film success. The inclusion of Lopez also doesn’t guarantee any sort of success. My prediction is a middle of the road box office take without any hope of a franchise launching out of this.

Phantom

Release Date: March 1, 2013
Studio: RCR Distribution

Synopsis:

The captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, the captain discovers he has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. This film is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.

Analysis: Ed Harris is a great actor, and I love Lance Henriksen, but this just doesn’t sound that engaging. Submarine movies can work, but they’re tricky due to the confined quarters.

Safe Haven

Release Date: February 14, 2013
Studio: Relativity

Synopsis:

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John.  When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past.  Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children.  But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

Analysis: A romance released on Valentine’s Day by the same person who wrote The Notebook. Yeah, it’ll have some legs.

Side Effects

Release Date: February 8, 2013
Studio: Open Road Films

Synopsis:

SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.

Analysis: Channing Tatum is hot right now coming off of Magic Mike, and Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is a solid actress. However, as with all thrillers, it has to make sense. From what I’ve seen in the trailer, it looks like a bit of a mystery and completely unrealistic scenarios, so we’ll just have to wait and see what people think of it one that’ve seen it.

Snitch

Release Date: February 22, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Synopsis:

In the fast-paced action thriller SNITCH, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life.

Analysis: Despite my better judgement, I like Dwayne Johnson as an actor. So sue me. He has also proben he is a bankable star so expect this to be a modest hit.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Release Date: March 29, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

A bold exploration of the intrigue and perils of infidelity, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is a compelling love story that dives straight into the heart of obsessive passion. “It’s about a woman who starts to get restless in her relationship and her choice to be with another man has a huge effect on the rest of her life,” explains screenwriter/producer/director Tyler Perry. “She goes on a journey – in her career and in her marriage – and she ends up in a very different place than she expected.” In a departure from his previous dramas, this explosive film finds Perry exploring the nature of desire – and just how powerful and dangerous a taste of the forbidden can be. “This is definitely one of the most provocative movies – sexually and otherwise – that I’ve made,” says the director. “There are a lot of people who struggle in their relationships. They make bad choices about their marriages. They get divorced. And so many of them don’t step out of their situation and really think about the consequences of what they’re doing. This movie asks, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It sends up a flag.

Analysis: Perry dramas don’t do all that hot. $20 to $32 million total at the box office is my call.

Warm Bodies

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Release Date: February 1, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Synopsis:

A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

Analysis: It’s a zombie love story. I guess it had to happen at some point with Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland being commercial hits. I don’t expect huge box office out of it, but I imagine it will do okay so long as the script is decent.

Please note that film release dates can be changed at a moments notice, as well as films added and removed completely. The dates and titles listed in this post are current as of the publication date.

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  • phillip

    Bravo for the Breakdown. Glad you didnt bury Dwayne as i like him and hope this year goes well for him,