2013 Preview: January

Welcome to January, "Gangster Squad."

As 2012 comes to a close, let’s take a month by month look at the notable movies being released in 2013 (all dates subject to change by anxiety-ridden studios).

January

Texas Chainsaw 3D (Jan 4) The month kicks off with this dragged on extension of the once proud classic. It’s notable for being the first new movie of the year getting a wide release and because it kicks off the traditional “winter horror” movie slate.

Gangster Squad (Jan 11) The all star, based on a true story police and mobster movie was postponed from its September release because they needed to revise a movie theater shootout scene which seemed too raw only two months after the Colorado movie theater massacre. With that shift in dates, Warner Brothers lost its big chance at getting this movie into the 2012 awards season, but considering how strong the competition turned out to be, it may be a blessing in disguise. Trailers and ads for the movie make it seem like they’re hoping for a cross between “The Untouchables” and “LA Confidential,” but those are pretty high bars to cross. Stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone amongst others .

Broken City (Jan 18) A tough guy crime drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, with Allen Hughes directing after a long absence. Looks like they’re hoping for some of that lean, action thriller in the winter “Taken” magic.

The Last Stand (Jan 18) Notable because it marks Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the screen as a leading man in an action movie. Johnny Knoxville shows up as well.

Mama (Jan 18) The Guillermo del Toro produced horror movie with likely Best Actress candidate Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Well, it’s got the names to give it credibility.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan 25)  The release date for this movie has been changed and postponed so many times, it’s hard not to think something’s really wrong. Especially when it’s final resting place is a Friday in late January. Stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

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