January 7, 2013 by rhsmassmedia
Gangster Squad (Jan. 11)
We were excited for Gangster Squad back in the fall — before the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., forced a delayed release and re-edit. The star-packed movie, featuring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn, tells the story of Mickey Cohen (Penn) and his Los Angeles rampage in the 1940s. Skeptics worry that director Ruben Fleischer has helmed only two movies, both comedies: Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less. We’re hoping for the next L.A. Confidential.
Warm Bodies (Feb. 1)
Zombies in a teen romance sounds absurd, but if anyone can pull it off, director Jonathan Levine (50/50) can.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8)
Oz gets racy. James Franco stars as the young wizard in this Wizard of Oz prequel (the role was vacated by Robert Downey Jr.), which tells the story of a fast-talking stage magician who falls in love with Glinda (Michelle Williams). The two team up to fight the evil witches Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Theodora (Mila Kunis). Directed by Sam Raimi, the film looks magical, if a bit like Alice in Wonderland.
Carrie (March 15)
Yes, we’ll always love Brian De Palma’s 1976 film that landed Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. But we couldn’t help getting excited about this remake, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore as the mother-daughter team, with Kimberley Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) directing.
The Lone Ranger (July 3)
In the most unsurprising movie news of the year, Johnny Depp — who received an Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and who loves to star in movies based on old television shows — reteams with Pirates director Gore Verbinski to play Tonto in this Lone Ranger big-screen update. We’re excited to see Armie Hammer as the masked hero after his knockout performance as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network.
The Place Beyond the Pines (March 29)
The film earned rave reviews (and Godfather comparisons) at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Ryan Gosling — mastering the art of the dangling cigarette — plays motorcycle stunt rider Luke, who provides for his son and ex-girlfriend (Eva Mendes) by robbing banks. Bradley Cooper is Avery Cross, a New York cop climbing the ranks to become a politician. Their paths collide, and the drama unfolds over 15 years as the sins of the past haunt their teenage sons.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
The success of last summer’s Dark Knight Rises proved that we like our superheroes brooding. Iron Man is the latest crusader to get serious. Fresh from the epic team-up of The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, who goes up against Ben Kingsley as the villainous Madarin.
The Great Gatsby (May 10)
Leonardo DiCaprio is the tortured Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is Midwestern outsider Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan. The much-anticipated Baz Luhrmann adaptation was pushed from its original Christmas release — perhaps for a bigger box office return. But hey, Jay-Z is reportedly producing the score, so maybe it will be worth the wait.
Star Trek into Darkness (May 17)
In director J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to the 2009 Star Trek, Chris Pine returns as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty and John Cho as Sulu. Benedict Cumberbatch, once rumored to be cast as Khan, has said he will play a terrorist. Either way, we can’t wait for the explosive action thriller.
Man of Steel (June 14)
Director Zack Snyder reportedly worked closely with producer Christopher Nolan to reimagine Superman for this summer blockbuster. Nolan also shares a story credit with David Goyer (another Dark Knight vet), so expect this superhero reboot to be dark and its soundtrack ominous. Henry Cavill stars as Superman, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play the Kents, Russell Crowe is his alien father, Michael Shannon is General Zod and Amy Adams is Lois Lane.
World War Z (June 21)
More zombies! Brad Pitt stars in the adaptation of the 2006 Max Brooks (son of Mel) novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.