2013 Winter and Spring Movie Preview

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2012 may not be over yet but the next movie season is right around the corner. If you are like me and see all the Oscar movies you can before the end of the year, January can typically be a bit of a dry spell. And so is February. March and April aren’t too strong either. But occasionally a few gems sneak through all the crap (March 2012 had The Hunger Games). So here are ten films you should give a chance in the winter and spring months.



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Directed by Bryan Singer, this action fantasy has a new take on one of the most beloved children’s fables of all time, Jack and the Bean Stalk. Starring X-men: First Class‘ Beast, Nicholas Hoult, along with such all-stars as Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Bil Nighy and Stanley Tucci, it could be one of the first fun films of the year. (Mar. 1)


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Another classic fairy tale getting a new twist is Hansel and Gretel. This R-rated gore-fest looks hysterical. With Jeremy Renner headlining, there is no chance his whit and charm won’t crack through and make this one of the more enjoyable horror comedies of the year. (Jan. 25)



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A sketch comedy featuring just about every star you can think of? Count us in. The trailer features many of these stars in hilarious looking sketches that aren’t too family friendly. If you love comedy, this may be the movie for you. (Jan. 25)



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John McClane is back in the fifth Die Hard movie, which arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day! Jai Courtney plays his son who is stuck in Russia. The plot sees his father going to rescue him. Does it look to be the best of the franchise? No, but Bruce Willis will be fun to watch once again in the role. No doubt. (Feb. 14)



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Sort of in the same light as Brave, this animated comedy sees a family of cavemen who are forced out of their home and find the beauty of the real world. The more recent trailer promises dark humor, making this one of the few surprise possibilities of greatness this spring. (Mar. 22)



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From the director of 50/50 and The Wackness comes this totally strange horror comedy featuring a zombie, played by Nicholas Hoult, who seems to be coming back to life for love. Based on a beloved young adult novel, this is a story that horror and romance fans should eat up. (Feb. 1)



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Sandra Bullock. Melissa McCarthy. From the director of Bridesmaids. Sold yet? It’s a buddy cop flick with two of the funniest women in Hollywood. This could be 2013’s 21 Jump Street. Melissa McCarthy is one of the most exciting people to watch in Hollywood right now, making this a must see for the beginning of the year. (Apr. 5)



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3. Carrie

This is the most exciting horror remake in a long time. Chloe Grace Moretz will star as Stephen King’s classic character Carrie, the telekinetic high school reject with a mother from hell. Speaking of, that mother is played by the always fantastic Julianne Moore. Horror remakes are rarely winners, but if any upcoming one has true potential it’s this one. (Mar. 15)



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2. Gangster Squad

Delayed from 2012 after reshoots were necessary due to a scene being too familiar to The Dark Knight Rises massacre in July, Gangster Squad seems out of place coming out so soon after all the big awards movies. The cast features Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in a 1940s style gangster movie directed by the man behind Zombieland. It’s just a recipe for greatness. (Jan. 11)


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1. Oz: The Great and Powerful

One last fantasy re-imagining for you before we conclude this list. The Wizard of Oz is one of the cinema greats, and the world is returning to the big screen in 2013 with James Franco playing the wizard and Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the three witches. The trailer is gorgeous. Looks to be another fun film from Sam Raimi. (Mar. 8 )



Do you agree with the movies we are most excited for? What do you want to see the most through April 2013?




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