Looking Ahead to the 2013 Box-Office Line-Up

This is a short list of the big movies that are coming out this year.  Some I have high hopes for, others not so much.  Here they are by release date:

Gangster Squad

I don’t know about you, but I love a good gangster picture.  And this one looks like it’s going to be one of those really stylish L.A. Confidential types that we all love so much.


I hope this one is as good as it looks, I really do.



Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters

The title immediately reminded me of “Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Slayer” and that is not a good thing.  The trailer itself reminded me of Van Helsing, and that is also not a good thing.


This could be fun, but somehow I doubt it.  And that makes me sad.

OPENS:  January 25, 2013


John Dies at the End

I’ve already seen this one over a streaming service, and you can too.  If you like it enough, feel free to see it again in theaters.


I’ve already reviewed it, here.

OPENS:  January 25, 2013


Warm Bodies

I got tired of the zombie thing years ago, to be honest with you.  I still have love for the genre, don’t get me wrong, but I am tired of it being everyplace I go.  The one genre that I truly do hate, however, is the “friendly monster” thing that seeks to turn every terror into a misunderstood friend-to-be.  And when I first heard about this movie, I was prepared to hate it based on the concept.

It looks like fun though, doesn’t it?  Except, based solely on this trailer, I can see someone making a kids cartoon where zombies and humans co-exist and wacky hijinks ensue!  And if that is your thing, you are welcome to it, because I don’t want any parts of that nonsense.

I might check this one out though, for Valentine’s Day with my grrrl.

OPENS:  February 12, 2013


I loved the Brian de Palma original, and this one looks to be pretty grim.  Director Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry) isn’t shy about showing how young women are victimized, and this remake could give the original a run for its money in terms of dramatic tension.

OPENS:  March 15. 2013


G.I. Joe:  Retaliation

Hey, remember a few years ago when you heard they were making a live-action G.I. Joe movie and how excited you got?  Then you saw the trailer for it and you were all like “Um…what is this?  Why did they call the Crysis movie G.I. Joe?”  Well, this time it looks like they got it right.

Originally, Channing Tatum’s character (the only link to the original movie, apparently) was killed in the very first scene of the new one.  As punishment, I suppose.  This seemed to confuse test audiences, however, so scenes had to be reshot and re-edited, delaying the movie to it’s current release date.  And let’s be honest here, how many times does Hollywood release awesome action movies in…March?

OPENS:  March 29, 2013



The Evil Dead

I own the original Evil Dead trilogy, but the only one I won’t watch with the lights off in an empty house is the first one.  And it just got a lot scarier.

I will totally go see this in the theater, especially one of those old-school theaters with a balcony.

OPENS:  April 12, 2013


Iron Man 3

I was thrilled about the first episode in this series; it was a thrill ride with Robert Downey Jr. stealing every scene as he became the Tony Stark that a film audience needs.  The sequel, despite the addition of Don Cheadle to the cast, didn’t hold up the franchise well and seemed more like a guest-written episode of the comics.

Jon Favreau knocked it out of the park in his first outing, but didn’t deliver with the second.  Maybe a change of directors can help recapture the magic of the original.  Count me in.

OPENS:  May 3, 2013


The Great Gatsby

This one is a serious date movie.  Meaning:  You don’t take someone to see this on your first date.  You need to be settled and comfortable with each to see this one, then go out for coffee and pie to talk it over afterwards.

OPENS:  May 10, 2013


Star Trek: Into Darkness

J.J. Abrams pleasantly surprised me with his reboot of this franchise.  It looks like Abrams has reunited the cast, and that works for me since they worked well together the last time.  I’m hoping that lightning can strike twice, but this trailer doesn’t do a lot for me.  Aside from the snippets of dialogue used in voice-overs, it seems to be a series of explosions, and two separate scenes where someone has to jump from a great height (:38 and 1:38).

I’ll wait and see what the reviews are before I commit myself either way.

OPENS:  May 17, 2013


Man of Steel

I’d be lying if I said I was a Superman fan.  He looks cool and all, but the charm wears off rather quickly when you realize he really can’t be beaten.  This makes him a really dull character, and that is part of the reason his film franchise has been a steady series of disasters.  Then they let Zack Snyder (Watchmen) direct the latest reboot because, why not?  He would certainly have to work overtime to make it worse than the last one.

Then I heard that Snyder told an audience at San Diego Comic-Con that he approached the project as if he were the first one to ever do a Superman movie.  And personally, I think that was the only correct approach.  I might actually check this one out.

OPENS:  June 14, 2013


World War z

When I heard this was going to be a movie, I thought “Okay, that could be cool.  The book is extremely popular, so maybe they will do a good adaptation.”  Then I heard Brad Pitt was starring and I said “Sweet.  I like his work, this should be good.”  Then I saw this trailer.

I will talk about that trailer at length at a later date.  For now, let me just say that I think I will catch this one streaming, if at all.

OPENS:  June 21, 2013      


Monday I will go down the rest of 2013s coming attractions, from July to December.