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January 11 2013

The Movies of 2013 – 3rd Quarter

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Welcome to the third quarter of 2013 and a look at the end 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.

2 Guns

Release Date: August 2, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

Analysis: Wahlberg is a busy guy lately. This sounds… okay. Nothing overly original, but it should do decently at the box office.

300: Rise of An Empire

Release Date: August 2, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis: No official summary has been released yet, but it is expected the story will follow Greek General Themistocles, who lead Athens against Persian invaders in a battle that played out simultaneously with the Battle of Thermopylae – which was shown in the original film.

Analysis: Can lightning in a bottle happen a second time? Zack Snyder isn’t directing this time around, so there is a high chance it won’t have quite the same impact. My prediction is this will end up being a disappointment financially compared to the original’s $456 million global take.

Battle of the Year

Release Date: September 13, 2013
Studio: Sony / Screen Gems

Synopsis:

Battle of the Year is the Olympics of break dancing, a tournament held every year that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul and former B-Boy Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best b-boys across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they’re going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started. Inspired by the actual World championship held yearly in France.

Analysis: That sound you hear is me pounding my head on my keyboard. Dance movies have not been packing the theaters, and going a Bad News Bears route with it probably isn’t going to change that one iota. If anything I think it will end up making it do even less. This is a bad, bad idea.

Closed Circuit

Release Date: August 28, 2013
Studio: Focus Features

Synopsis:

In the thriller, two ex-lovers, Martin (Bana) and Claudia (Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.

Analysis: That synopsis was all I could find on this movie, and it doesn’t give you a whole lot to work from. However, even in that one sentence I just about fell asleep.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Release Date: September 27, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis:

After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world.

Analysis: This sequel is a huge surprise to be honest. The original film had a $100 million dollar budget and brought in only $243 million in global box office. When you count in marketing, prints, the higher fees for foreign distribution and so on, the first film did not do that well. Apparently Sony has faith in the project, however.

The Conjuring

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Release Date: July 19, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville.  Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.  Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

Analysis: Horror films as of late have been doing okay, but not bringing in huge box office. Studios have been keeping the budgets low enough that there has been a profit to be made, and this sounds like it will follow the same formula.

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 3, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, ‘Despicable Me,’ delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in ‘Despicable Me 2’. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Analysis: Animated sequels, with the exception of some Disney series, usually do well. The original did $543 million globally off of a $69 million dollar budget. So long as Universal didn’t let the budget inflate too high, it should do well.

Elysium

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Release Date: August 9, 2013
Studio: TriStar

Synopsis:

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government of?cial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Analysis: While the basic plot isn’t overly original, it does sound to have some promise to it. Also going for it is Neill Blomkamp (District 9) in the director’s chair. That man has an awesome eye for getting the most bang for his budget dollar, and has a great sense for handling metaphor source material.

Getaway

Release Date: August 30, 2013
Studio: Warner Bros.

Synopsis:

Brent (Ethan Hawke) with help of a Kid (Selena Gomez) must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) to save his kidnapped wife.

Analysis: We’ve seen this a dozen times, and it’s highly doubtful this will bring anything new to the table. Hawke doesn’t bring people in like he used to, Gomez isn’t that huge and Voight doesn’t do anything for the box office. Doubtful this will perform that well.

Grown Ups 2

Release Date: July 12, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis:

Adam Sandler and company are back again in this second gathering of childhood friends for Columbia Pictures. Dennis Dugan also returns to direct.

Analysis: The first did $271.4 million off of an $80 million budget, but Sandler’s stock is dropping quick.

I, Frankenstein

Release Date: September 13, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

I FRANKENSTEIN is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, ADAM, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. As writer/director, Stuart Beattie said, “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.”

“This story is all about what it means to be human, and there could be no more achingly human performance than the one Aaron gave in our own RABBIT HOLE. We are so excited to see what he will bring to this role.” said Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake of the production. “This is a wonderfully imaginative script and we are looking forward to seeing it brought to life by a talented filmmaker, and to bringing this story to our loyal genre fans.”

“We’ve tremendously enjoyed making our UNDERWORLD franchise films and we are looking forward to working with Stuart and our partners at Hopscotch and Lionsgate to create a new world for a legendary character,” said Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, adding “We know that Aaron, with his proven range, depth and intelligence, is going to make an iconic ADAM.”

Analysis: Well, the Underworld series actually continues to perform well. This could actually perform decently, but while Aaron Eckhart is a decent actor, he isn’t exactly a marquee name.

Insidious Chapter 2

Release Date: August 30, 2013
Studio: FilmDistrict

Synopsis:

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will reprise their roles in the film which James Wan, who directed INSIDIOUS, will direct from a script written by Leigh Whannell who also wrote the first film. Jason Blum, who produced INSIDIOUS, is producing the low-budget sequel through his Blumhouse Productions. Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Oren Peli , Steven Schneider, and Charles Layton are executive producing.

Analysis: What do you expect when a movie does $97 million globally off of a $1.5 million budget? It has picked up more fans on home video so it will probably do a little more this time around.

Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: August 16, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Analysis: The first Kick-Ass did $96 million globally off of a $30 million budget, but it has picked up a cult following since then. It is highly doubtful the follow-up will do much more at the box office, but I know I’ll be there.

The Little Mermaid (3D)

Release Date: September 13, 2013 (CANCELED AS OF 1/14/13)
Studio: Buena Vista

Synopsis: Do you really need a synopsis?

Analysis: It won’t do huge box office, but it’s fairly cheap to go back and do these, so why not do it?

Lone Ranger

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Release Date: July 3, 2013
Studio: Disney

Synopsis:

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Analysis: Disney is rolling a huge set of dice on this. The budget is north of $200 million, but Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp have a proven track record, but will it work in this setting? I’m still not sure on this one.

Machete Kills

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Release Date: September 13, 2013
Studio: Open Road Films

Synopsis:

In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

Analysis: While the original Machete was enjoyable, it couldn’t seem to make up its mind if it was a grindhouse homage or a film with a message. I enjoyed large portions of it, but the follow-up needs to decide what it is.

Mortal Instruments

Release Date: August 23, 2013
Studio: Sony / Screen Gems

Synopsis:

CLARY FRAY (Lily Collins) is an ordinary Brooklyn teenager until the night she meets the mysteriously tattooed JACE, who turns out to be a half-angel warrior known as a Shadowhunter. When Clary finds out her mother JOCELYN has been abducted, she desperately hopes Jace will be able to help. After a whirling golden portal transports her across time and space in a heartbeat, Clary realizes she too has the powers of the Shadowhunters. But can she harness them in time to save her mother?

Clary, Jace and their fellow Shadowhunters endure one breathtaking battle after another against vampire, warlocks and demons—only to discover Jocelyn hid a terrible secret from the fiercest warrior of all: VALENTINE. Cast out from the world of Shadowhunters, Valentine abducted Jocelyn believing she had a powerful tool known as the Mortal Cup. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup, only to be brutally betrayed and forced to relinquish it.

Still reeling from this setback and racing to save Jocelyn before it’s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands. Based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES is a magnificent urban fantasy rich in detail and suspense, about a girl’s journey to the darkest corners of the underworld to save those she loves.

Analysis: The synopsis has been around for a while, but seeing as it’s based on a book, it’s doubtful it has changed much. Yes, it’s another “young adults” book series coming to the screen, and I predict doom. I have never heard of this series, and it just doesn’t sound all that alluring.

One Direction Concert Movie

Release Date: August 30, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis: It’s a concert movie.

Analysis: Concert movies are not performing well, so it’s lost on me why they’re still getting made. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never did $98.4 million off of a $13 million budget, but he was bigger than One Direction. This will probably do $60 globally if it’s lucky.

Pacific Rim

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Release Date: July 12, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers

Synopsis:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Analysis: I am super stoked for this movie. Will it play wide, though? It’s going to be a tough sell at first and it going to rely heavily on word of mouth to fill seats int he second weekend.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Release Date: August 16, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis: None yet.

Analysis: The first one came out in 2010 and did $226.5 million globally off of a $95 million budget. In other words, I’d be amazed if it broke even. Yet, a sequel got greenlit. We’ll see what happens here.

Planes

Release Date: August 9, 2013
Studio: Buena Vista

Synopsis:

PLANES takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure starring Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race … despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

Analysis: The synopsis is dated, but the film is somewhat of a spinoff of Cars, but not being done by Pixar. Cars 2 showed the franchise wasn’t as strong as they thought, and I predict this will doe ven worse.

Prisoners

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Studio: Warner Bros.

Synopsis:

The ‘black list’ script, which was written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against Detective Loki, a hot shot cop with confidence to burn, assigned to the case.

Analysis: Black List scripts come from an annual list of the best unproduced scripts currently circulating in Hollywood. This sounds pretty pedestrian to me, but apparently some folks think its hot.

R.I.P.D.

Release Date: July 19, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

The Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. is adapted by Universal Pictures with this fantasy crime film focusing on a newly deceased cop (Ryan Reynolds) who’s drafted into a squad of zombie cops that battle the supernatural. Red’s Robert Schwentke directs, with Jeff Bridges co-starring as his partner and Kevin Bacon playing the villain.

Analysis: I’ve never read the comic, but the cast – with the exception of Ryan Reynolds – are all solid. Not sure what this one will do.

Red 2

Release Date: August 2, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Synopsis:

The sequel to the action-comedy hit RED, which reunites our team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.

Analysis: The first one did $199 million global off of a $58 million budget. I liked the first one, I’ll probably see the second one… on cable, just like I did the first one.

Riddick

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Release Date: September 6, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000?s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004?s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Analysis: I loved Pitch Black, but I despised The Chronicles of Riddick, as did just about every critic out there, and seeing as it did $115 million globally off of a $105 million budget… how did this even make it before the cameras?

Runner Runner

Release Date: September 27, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

Justin Timberlake stars as a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker and ends up indebted to the site’s corrupt boss (Ben Affleck). The film also stars Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Dayo Okeniyi, and Oliver Cooper.

Analysis: A movie about online poker. Next you’ll tell me someone will make a movie about how a social network got started! … oh… yeah. Well, decent actors, it could be entertaining.

Rush

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Studio: Universal

Synopsis:

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

Analysis: Formula 1 racing is huge outside of the United States. I expect this one to do well globally, but not domestically.

Satanic

Release Date: August 30, 2013
Studio: Weinstein Company

Synopsis:

Described as a Rosemary’s Baby type thriller, the story follows a girl who is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break when a random encounter with a gang of violent outcasts leads them to target her as their next victim. To survive, she must conquer her deepest fears to outwit them and fight back.

Analysis: Think I’ll pass, as I suspect many others will as well.

The Smurfs 2

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Release Date: July 31, 2013
Studio: Sony / Columbia

Synopsis:

In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?

Analysis: The first one shocked everyone with how it did, but will audiences flock back for a second helping?

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (3D)

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis: The second movie in the prequel series everyone hates.

Analysis: It will do some business, no one will care. UPDATE 1/28/13: Cancelled.

The To-Do List

Release Date: August 16, 2013
Studio: CBS Films

Synopsis:

Starring Aubrey Plaza, THE TO DO LIST follows the story of Brandy Klark (Plaza), a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat co-star in the film.

Analysis: Originally slated for a Valentine’s Day release, this was moved to the summer. Seems like your average teen comedy, although those tend to do pretty well, but not stellar.

The Tomb

Release Date: September 27, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Synopsis:

Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, ‘The Tomb’ follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books. The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert. Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide. Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security. Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.

Analysis: A bunch of old men running around a prison… sounds captivating. Will someone please tell Stallone and Schwarzenegger the 1980s are over?

Turbo

Release Date: July 19, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.

Analysis: It’s next to impossible to predict how animated films will do any more, and since Fox seems to be on a “one per quarter” mission at the moment, audiences could burn out quickly.

We’re the Millers

Release Date: August 9, 2013
Studio: Warner Bros.

Synopsis:

David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms).

In order to wipe the slate clean—and maintain a clean bill of health—David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

Analysis: It just sounds like they mashed up a couple seasons of Weeds. I’ll pass.

The Wolverine

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Release Date: July 26, 2013
Studio: Fox

Synopsis:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Analysis: The first movie was horrible, but most people have already forgotten it. The X-Men are hot again, and Wolverine always draws a crowd. Additionally, this is a great story are if done right.

You’re Next

Release Date: August 23, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis:

a chilling warning scrawled in blood on a neighbour’s wall, starts an evening of bloody mayhem for the Davison family.

A lively reunion is abruptly brought to an end when a gang of mysterious killers, disguised in animal masks, wage an all-out assault on the Davison’s secluded home.

Using a series of sophisticated traps, axes, crossbows and machetes, the family are slaughtered one by one until nowhere is safe. But neither the attackers, nor their victims, have counted on Erin an innocent girlfriend who has the killer instinct to fight back…

Analysis: This film has been on the festival circuit since 2011, and people seem to like it, but, again, home invasion movies do not do well. I expect this one to follow suit.

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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