1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - January 25, 2013
This could be really, terribly cheesy. But I'm intrigued enough by the presence of Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen, and I do enjoy a good dark fairy tale retelling. I don't feel the need to see it in 3D (arrows seemingly whizzing by my face? No thank you) but probably can't avoid it.
2. Warm Bodies - February 1, 2013
This is most likely going to be terrible. I'll want my $10.50 and 2 hours of my time back, I can imagine. I'm not sure why the revered John Malkovich agreed to be in this zombie romance, other than he's a bit quirky. I'm a bit suspicious of how hard the studio is working to promote this, creating multiple social media presences online for it and spending a huge advertising budget on a relatively unknown actor and director. (I mean, really, does this movie need an Instagram AND a Pinterest site? A Tumblr?) Almost seems like this should have been straight-to-Redbox. Still, my curiosity has been piqued. At the very least we'll get another good zombie movie drinking game out of it!
3. Beautiful Creatures - February 14, 2013
I'm terribly tired of teenager witchy/vampire "literature." But how can I resist Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons, along with fabulous home decor art direction and costuming?
Here's Emmy Rossum in a gorgeous witchy lace dress.
4. Oz the Great and Powerful - March 8, 2013
This Disney movie promises to be a bit dark. It's directed by Sam Raimi so that gives me hope it won't be a dumbed down children's movie. It retells the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a circus magician, Oscar Diggs. I'm already reading a lot of complaints that since the film shares the same art director as Alice in Wonderland, the images of Oz look too much like Wonderland.
Perhaps I'm just intrigued to see Rachel Weisz as a beautifully dressed dark witch. With a $200 million budget, the special effects, cinematography and costuming can't possibly be boring, so I'm willing to spend a couple hours of my life viewing this.
5. Evil Dead the Remake - April 12, 2013
If you absolutely must remake one of my all time horror films, at least the original writer/director, Sam Raimi is the one doing it. And Bruce Campbell is a producer! This will be a real fun popcorn movie to drag a couple of friends to after a cocktail or two. Or three.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin