January of 2013 is arguably one of the strongest showings the month has seen in years. While in the past it has been a time when films get dumped or left to die in the slow post-holiday season, this January features a few highly-anticipated titles that were pushed into the new year for one reason or another. That isn’t to say the month won’t have its fair share of duds, but we remain optimistic that this could be a real strong beginning to the movie year.
Here are 10 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in January 2013.
In this particular entry, it appears director John Luessenhop (Takers) is forgoing a lot of the hillbilly family elements of the earlier films (or at least that’s what the marketing is leading audiences to believe) and focusing on the character of Leatherface. We’re not complaining, though; he is quite an iconic villain.
Check out the trailer for Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Even though unforeseen and extremely tragic events pushed Gangster Squad into 2013, that doesn’t detract from how much we are anticipating this film. With director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) at the helm and a star-studded cast that features the likes of Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling (just to name a few), the film would’ve had our attention no matter what the genre. But knowing that this is a throwback to the film noir/gangster pictures of the ’40s makes it all the better.
The no-holds-barred attitude these select few LAPD detectives adopt towards Mickey Cohen (Penn) and his crew promises plenty of heated gunfights, and Fleischer’s keen eye should help those shootouts sing on screen. And of course, we can’t wait to see the inevitable confrontation between Brolin and Penn.
Check out the trailer for Gangster Squad.
Riffing on the current found-footage and paranormal crazes (something we highlighted earlier) the film attempts to parody, most exclusively, the Paranormal Activity series – though there are nods towards other found-footage films like The Devil Inside. And unlike many of the more recent Scary Movie films, A Haunted House has the added bonus of an R-rating, which arguably led to greater success for the first two Scary Movie installments.
Check out the trailer for A Haunted House.
For Bigelow, a film about the toll war takes on all involved isn’t entirely new territory, but the fact she is re-teaming with her Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal has us very intrigued. Not to mention, the film has already built a tremendous amount of critical buzz and Golden Globe nominations, cementing its place in this year’s Oscar race. Just like last year’s Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty promises to be a somewhat familiar story as told by one of our truly exceptional cinematic storytellers.
Check out the trailer for Zero Dark Thirty.
Like Gangster Squad, Broken City promises a face-off between two powerhouse actors – in this case Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg – who are constantly at odds with each other. In the film, Wahlberg plays an ex-cop who gets stuck in the middle of a plot involving New York’s Mayor (Crowe) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and ends up fighting for his life. It’s not exactly the stylized subject matter Allen and his brother usually deliver, but the film certainly has its appeal.
Check out the trailer for Broken City.
Granted, Arnold has the help of Johnny Knoxville and Thor‘s Jamie Alexander to help him through this tale of a sheriff standing up to a bloodthirsty drug cartel – but we can’t help the feeling that all those years in politics have changed Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, the film’s marketing isn’t shying away from showcasing Arnold in his element – handling all sorts of outlandish weaponry – which has us pretty pleased.
Check out the trailer for The Last Stand.
In addition to an American debut for Muschietti, Mama is also the first major starring role for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Luckily Waldau gets to act opposite the fantastic Jessica Chastain, who stars in Zero Dark Thirty as well.
Check out the trailer for Mama.
There’s also the appeal of an R-rating, which could help keep the film from being a strictly by-the-numbers, genre-based action film. We’re still holding out hope for this one – and are especially intrigued by the presence of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell as producers – but if it turns out to be the first flop of 2013, we wouldn’t be surprised.
Check out the trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Movie 43 is essentially the vignette movie to end all vignette movies. It combines several seemingly disconnected stories featuring the most vile, insane, outrageous, gross-out humor ever put onscreen – and it looks downright hilarious. And this isn’t a low-budget, straight-to-DVD production, either – it features an eclectic array of directors like James Gunn
To say that the film has “disaster” written all over it would be an understatement – but if successful, Movie 43 has the potential of being the most talked-about movie of January (if not the year). We only hope that there are still plenty more jokes not yet ruined by the trailers.
Check out the trailer for Movie 43 (if you’re brave enough).
Based on the novel ‘Flashfire’ by Donald E. Westlake, this particular tale pairs Statham’s Parker (the same character Mel Gibson played in the film Payback) up with Jennifer Lopez, as he tries to pull off a heist and in the process beat out the employers that left him for dead.
Check out the trailer for Parker.
Once again here are the 10 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in January:
- January 4th: Texas Chainsaw 3D
- January 11th: Gangster Squad, A Haunted House, Zero Dark Thirty (wide)
- January 18th: Broken City, The Last Stand, Mama
- January 25th: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43, Parker