2013 looks to be a pretty good year for the theaters. Here are some of the upcoming films I am anticipating in January.
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Mama (Rated PG-13): Directed by Andres Muschietti, this movie is about two little girls found to be living alone in the woods for five years. Their aunt (Jessica Chastain-Zero Dark Thirty, The Help ) and uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau-Game of Thrones) take them in and soon find themselves wondering if they were truly on their own for those five years.
I just watched the trailer for this and it looks super creepy. While it does manage to cling to some dated horror techniques (crab walk, sudden rush at the camera, monster in the closet) at least it is an original concept and not one of several remakes and sequels due out in the next year. I think of this movie like “Nell” on adrenochrome.
LUV (Rated R): Co-written and Directed by Sheldon Candis, this film stars Michael Rainey Jr. as Woody, a young boy spends the day with his uncle Vincent (Common -Smokin’ Aces), a recently paroled ex-convict trying to go legit. Along the way, they hit obstacles that make Woody wonder if his uncle is really the role model he should be looking up to.
Common has seriously surprised me in his past roles and interviews. He isn’t just a hip-hop star or a personality, he seems very genuine and looks to be captivating in this role. Also starring in this movie is Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Charles S. Dutton (Gothika), and Dennis Haysbert (24). I think this role may be a star maker for both Common and Michael Rainer Jr.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Rated PG-13): Co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), this movie stars Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) and Hansel and Gretel respectively. This stylized extension of the Grimm Fairy Tale shows the titular characters as grown-ups on a quest to continue the deed they committed as children when they visited the storied candy house in the woods; killing witches.
The rating of this movie will keep me from seeing it in the theaters as every slack-jawed teenager with their undeserved cell phone will be in attendance. However, I look forward to watching this movie in the comfort of my own home as it looks to be entertaining if not thought-provoking. Sometimes, you just want to see a fun movie and this looks to be one of them.
Movie 43 (Rated R): Written and directed by too many people to name (you will want to check this one out for yourself) this movie is a series of hilarious vignettes starring some of Hollywood’s funniest and most famous elite.
I think it is extremely difficult to explain just what this movie is. Think “Valentine’s Day” meets “Not Another Teen Movie” with funding from the screen actors guild.