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January 10 2013

The Movies of 2013 – 2nd Quarter

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Welcome to the second quarter of 2013 and time to take a look at the beginning of the summer film season!

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.

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.

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Release Date: May 12, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

The story of Jackie Robinson and his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Analysis: This will do well, not huge, but well.

About Time

Release Date: May 10, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

A man (Domhnall Gleeson) travels back in time to find the love of his life (Rachel McAdams) in this romantic comedy from writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually). ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Analysis: Richard Curtis is a talented guy, but… a summer flick? It will get crushed.

After Earth

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Release Date: June 7
Studio: Sony/Columbia

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Analysis: Will Smith and Jaden Smith in one film. Ah, nepotism. Will Smith’s last few films haven’t been the hits they once were, and there is some potential for backlash from audiences over his son being forced on the world again.

The Big Wedding

Release Date: April 26
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

When their son gets married, a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) turn on the charm and masquerade as if they were still married in this comedy from writer/director Justin Zackham (The Bucket List). The Lionsgate release also stars Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, and Amanda Seyfried.

Analysis: Are we placing money now that they rediscover they are in love by the end of the movie? Anyone? Anyone? Stupid formula movies. $50 to $60 million domestic box office, tops.

Epic

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Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

EPIC is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive and the forces of evil who wish to destroy it. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

Analysis: Ice Age films do well, Rio… not so much. Not sure what to expect from this one, but apparently Fox is going animation nuts this year with The Croods coming out a few months earlier.

Evil Dead

Release Date: May 12, 2013
Studio: TriStar

Synopsis:

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Analysis: The original is a cult classic, and fans of it are not anticipating the remake, trust me. This will not do well.

Fast & Furious 6

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Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis: NO PLOT SYNOPSIS RELEASED YET

Analysis: Fast Five ended up being the highest grossing entry in the series yet bringing in $626 million globally off of a $125 million dollar budget. It is actually the only one in the series I’ve watched… and I actually enjoyed it. I’m not saying it was good, mind you, but it entertained me. Expect the sixth to do some impressive box office as well.

The Great Gatsby

Release Date: May 10, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Analysis: For the life of me I can’t figure out why this is in the summer season, this feels much more like a fall film. It’s probably the biggest title of its weekend, but its sandwiched between Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness, so you could say its counter-programming, but that tends to backfire.

The Hangover Part III

Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Analysis: Domestically Part II came in under the first film, but globally it won out with a stunning $581 million off of an $80 million budget. It was a no brainer a third one would happen, but seeing as how people tend to reflect poorly on the second one, I do expect to see the box office take drop.

The Heat

Release Date: June 28, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.”

Analysis: Any time I see “uptight” in a film description, I wince. Two popular actresses in one film though, it will have some legs.

The Internship

Release Date: June 7, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

Two recently laid-off men in their 40s try to make it as interns at a successful Internet company where their managers are in their 20s.

Analysis: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson had a success with The Wedding Crashers, but are they really a comedy duo that people want to see more of?

Iron Man 3

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Release Date: May 3, 2013
Studio: Buena Vista

Synopsis:

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Analysis: This will be huge, but – and it’s a big “but” – Iron Man 2 disappointed a lot of folks. The Avengers is sure to have a bit of a halo effect, and this is the first Marvel movie since the mega-hit, so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs.

Jurassic Park (3D)

Release Date: April 5, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis: DINOSAURS .. IN 3D!!!

Analysis: Same bad movie, just now in more dimensions. It won’t do much, the allure of 3D rereleases is definitely wearing off for audiences.

Man of Steel

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Release Date: June 14, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Analysis: Zack Snyder seems to be going all out on this film, and the Man of Steel trailer is just magnificent. This is going to easily be one of the biggest hits of the summer.

Monsters University

Release Date: June 21, 2013
Studio: Disney

Synopsis:

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Analysis: The original Monsters, Inc. did $539 million globally off of a $115 million budget. While a success, Cars 2 proved that sequels don’t always live up to the original in the world of animated films, and with this being a prequel, will anyone care?

Now You See Me

Release Date: June 7, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Synopsis:

NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Analysis: There isn’t a whole lot out there beyond the synopsis, but … interesting? Hard to judge from that little bit of information.

Oblivion

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Release Date: April 12, 2013 (limited), April 19, 2013 (wide)
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.  Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Analysis: Cruise is definitely one of the biggest hit-or-miss actors out there, and you never know which way his films are going to go. Add in the fact he has multiple futuristic movies coming up and I see fatigue settling in quickly for audiences.

Pain and Gain

Release Date: April 26, 2013
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:

Based on a true story, “Pain & Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the “Miami New Times,” “Pain and Gain” will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Analysis: To get Michael Bay to work on Transformers 4, Paramount had to basically give him the money to make this “dream project” of his. Will it pay off? Who knows, it’s a Bay film, and for reasons unknown they tend to do well.

The Purge

Release Date: May 31
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Analysis: In the current climate in the United States, with fun control talk running rampant… this movie is going to become a flashpoint without a doubt. Additionally, home invasion movies traditionally don’t do well.

Scary Movie 5

Release Date: May 12, 2013
Studio: Weinstein / Dimension

Synopsis:

Scary Movie 5 involves the dance world, with a snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed French director of a dance company named Pierre putting on a huge production. Jody, a Caucasian late-20’s mother of two and her late-20’s African American friend Kendra are both vying for the lead in the production. Jody’s extremely controlling former dancer mother is determined that Jody will have the brilliant career that eluded her. The highly skilled mid-30’s Diva veteran dancer with the company, Heather Daltry, gets cut from the production and goes berserk.

Analysis: No.

Star Trek Into Darkness

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Release Date: May 17, 2013
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Analysis: The first film shocked everyone with its success, and it has picked up even more fans since its home video release – myself included. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer.

This is the End

Release Date: June 14, 2013
Studio: Sony/Columbia

Synopsis:

Follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

Analysis: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson star in this movie as fictional versions of themselves. It started off as a short film called Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse and worked its way in to being a feature film. It looks fun, but who knows how it will do box office wise.

Tyler Perry Presents We the Peeples

Release Date: May 10, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

Wade Walker is eager to propose to his girlfriend, Grace Peeples. But after a year of living together, the beautiful, successful Grace is still cagey about introducing average guy Wade to her ambitious, upper crust family. So when Grace leaves for an annual reunion at her parents’ swanky Sag Harbor compound, Wade decides to crash the gathering, charm his soon-to-be in-laws and slip a ring on Grace’s finger.

However Wade’s plans go hilariously awry when he meets the high-powered, seemingly picture-perfect familywho’ll do whatever it takes to keep up appearances. Wade soon finds himself caught in a web of white lies and comic dysfunction, and realizes that his only hope of ever marrying Grace means a take-no-prisoners face-off with Judge Peeples, Grace’s disapproving dad who won’t accept anything less than the very best for his favorite daughter.

Analysis: As with every Tyler Perry movie… people will watch it for unknown reasons.

White House Down

Release Date: June 28, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis:

A Secret Service agent is tasked with saving the life of the U.S. President after the White House is overtaken by a paramilitary group.

Analysis: Roland Emmerich is a horrible director. I’ve always thought it, and I always will, but his movies make money for whatever reason. Add in Channing Tatum and this will actually probably do some box office numbers.

World War Z

Release Date: June 21
Studio: Paramount

Synopsis:

Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

Analysis: The World War Z trailer is horrible. I mean, just … wow is it bad. This film will have some success because, well, it’s the summer movie months so it’ll do some box office, but I expect word of mouth to sink this one pretty darn quick.

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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