The 2013 Spring Movie Season Preview

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YES! We made it through the Winter Movie Season, where Hollywood unloads their junk on us, and now we’re headed into the Spring!

Spring is a time for mini-blockbusters, and movies that Hollywood hopes will have decent runs. Last year, “The Hunger Games” was released in March, for example, and we all saw how well that did!

Click through to see all the movies that this Spring Season has to offer!

March 1st

21_and_Over

“21 and Over”

Directed by: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Starring: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, François Chau, Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko, Dustin Ybarra

I’m well on the record as being a fan of “party” movies. Put a bunch of young kids getting hammered on film, and I’m in. Whether or not this movie has anything else to offer has yet to be seen though.

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Jack_The_Giant_Slayer“Jack the Giant Slayer”

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane

This looks outright stupid, to me, I’ll just say it. Plus the one blurb I saw said “Kids will love it”, which says to me “not made for adults”. We’ll see, but my bet is this is a big, silly spectacle.

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Phantom“Phantom”

Directed By: Todd Robinson

Starring: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Sean Patrick Flanery

Secrets spark a standoff in a submerged submarine!

Sorry, had to try to make it sound interesting somehow…


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Stoker“Stoker”

Directed by: Chan-wook Park

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver

Wasikowska and Kidman are both great, and a number of people are clamoring to see what Chan-wook Park will do with his first American film. I bet its disturbed and violent, whatever it is. LOL

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Last Exorcism II“The Last Exorcism Part II”

Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly

Starring: Ashley Bell

I like the fact that they went with “Part II”, seeing how just plain “2” wouldn’t have made sense. LOL. I haven’t seen the first one, but it’s on one of my cable channels on demand, so I could watch it free if I wanted to.

Nahhh…

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March 8th

Dead Man Down“Dead Man Down”

Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev

Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Wade Barrett

Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard co-starring? I like them both, but knowing their career arcs, this movie has the stench of flop on it. Plus that trailer doesn’t do much for me. I hope I’m wrong though.

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Oz the great and powerful“Oz the Great and Powerful”

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Joey King, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell

Ostensibly the Spring’s biggest offering. A loaded cast, a classic property, a talented director. All signs say yes on this one. I hope this isn’t another Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, though (released at similar times). We’ll see!

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March 15th The Call

“The Call”

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Michael Imperioli, David Otunga

This has a chance to be a decent thriller. But I’m not sold on it. The high concept of trying to stop a serial killer as a 911 Operator has potential, but I bet they blow it. Oh well. At least I can amuse myself thinking “Ch-ch-ch-Chia” every time I see Halle Berry’s hair.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

Directed by: Don Scardino

Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Gillian Jacobs

Please be good.

Seriously. I like this trailer. I like that cast. I think it’s a funny high concept. I just want to be impressed when this movie finally says “Ta Dah!!”

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March 22nd

Admisison“Admission”

Directed by: Paul Weitz

Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, Lily Tomlin

For real? This is a test of my favorable status for Paul Rudd. With the exception of a small part in “Perks of Being a Wallflower” his movies have been terrible lately. As much as I like the guy, I’m beginning to cringe when I see his name attached to films.

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Olympus has Fallen“Olympus Has Fallen”

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo

Well, at least we’ll get to see the White House all blowed up.

Gerard Butler staring in a testosterone overdosed shooter? Ehhh… let’s just say I’m not exactly psyched for this one.

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spring-breakers-new-movie-poster (2)“Spring Breakers”

Directed by: Harmony Korine

Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine

Oh, I’ll say it. I’m looking forward to this one. Helllllll yeah. I’m almost looking forward to seeing James Franco in that ridiculous gangsta krunk lookin’ get up more than I am watching this murderers row of young nubiles prance in their bikinis. Almost.

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The Croods“The Croods”

Directed by: Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman

Dreamworks Animation has brought us some excellent films. Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek. So I have a feeling that this will be good, in spite of the fact it’s about cavemen and features Ryan Reynolds AND Nick Cage. Looks gorgeous…

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March 29th

GI Joe Retaliation“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”

Directed by: Jon Chu

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Walton Goggins

The ceiling for this… the absolute best that this one can achieve… is dumb, shoot ‘em up fun. The trailer? With Bruce Willis spraying fire from the back of that El Camino? Lets just say that that has some Cheese-Tastic potential. Let’s hope. Cause otherwise… what else has it got?

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TPCOMC“Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor”

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Brandy Norwood, Ella Joyce

Tyler Perry channels his inner Nicholas Sparks.

That’s not a prospect that appeals to me.

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The Host“The Host”

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Frances Fisher

For those bemoaning the demise of the “Twilight” saga, Andrew Niccol brings you the latest Stephenie Meyer offering, “The Host”. Aliens invade that can take over the world by taking over people’s minds, but trust me, nothing will be more important than the teen romance at its core!

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Place beyond the pines“The Place Beyond the Pines”

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Mendelsohn, Dane DeHaan

This genuinely looks good. Potentially the movie I’m looking forward to the most on this list. Gosling and Cooper are both riding high right now, and there’s a lot of talent in that supporting cast, too. That trailer looks so bad ass. I have hopes that this will be a fantastic crime drama.

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April 5th

The Evil Dead“Evil Dead”

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas

Horror Hounds are salivating over this one. All signs seem to indicate that this will be a first-rate remake rather than a cheap cash grab. The potential is there for an update that stays faithful to the original. So far, all the marketing indicates a scary flick!

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April 12th

42“42”

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Toby Huss, T. R. Knight, Alan Tudyk, Hamish Linklater

Great story. Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Aligned with the start of baseball season.

Does it get any better? Expectations are high.

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scary-movie-5-poster“Scary Movie 5″

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Terry Crews, Kate Walsh, Molly Shannon, Heather Locklear, Erica Ash, Mike Tyson, Audrina Patridge, Kendra Wilkinson

God… Can I just give this an F now and not go? If you can’t even string together a 3 minute trailer that looks funny, what are you gonna do with a full length movie? I’m betting Scary Movie 5’s answer is “suck”.

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April 19th

Oblivion“Oblivion”

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo

“Oblivion” looks like it has all the ingredients. High production values. A great cast. An intriguing story. If it all comes together as promised, this looks to be a slick, intelligent sci-fi thriller. Let’s hope the summer blockbusters start a few weeks early this year. With this one.

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Jobs“jOBS”

Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lukas Haas

While I respect the contribution that Steve Jobs made to technology, I’m not sure I’m enthusiastic about a biopic. Especially one with Ashton Kutcher as the lead. Can someone remind me if he’s ever been in a good movie? I’m at a loss to name one.

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April 26th

Pain and Gain“Pain & Gain”

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry

Looking forward to this. LOL I know, I know, it’s Michael Bay, movies’ most maligned director. Johnson and Wahlberg look like they spent all their preparation for these roles in the gym. So lets hope all that muscle translates to dumb fun.

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The Big Wedding“The Big Wedding”

Directed by: Justin Zackham

Starring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams

I suppose there’s an outside chance that this film winds up fun. I wouldn’t count on it though. The “fake something for the sake of the family” schtick hasn’t worked since “The Birdcage”. I doubt it will here.

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Well, there you have it folks! The movies to come over the next two months.

What do you think? Which are you excited for? Which wouldn’t you be caught dead at? Is it a good enough crop to hold you over til the summer?

Let us hear it!!

SPHUU

Daniel Fogarty

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67 thoughts on “The 2013 Spring Movie Season Preview

    • I dont know… after the last two months here (and I know your release schedule is different there… you guys have actually finally been able to see all these GOOD movies the past couple months) the movies here look golden! LOL Whoo hoo! Bring ‘em on! :D

  1. It looks a bit tragic.. and I have a horrible feeling my husband is going to try and make me see Phantom. Stick WWII anywhere in the description and he’s in in.

    • Aw, yeah… your comment sent me to Rotten Tomatoes to see how it was faring (it wasn’t screened early for critics – not a good sign) and it’s only at 19%.

      Maybe tell him its set in modern day or something? LOL I dont know. Maybe it’ll be good after all, who knows. 1 in 5 critics would recommend it, so…

    • Hi yourself, Georgina, and thank you! :D

      A lot of people are psyched up for Stoker. I’m not sure why, but I’ve got a little skepticism heading in. I hope I’m wrong.

      Let’s hope the Evil Dead delivers, huh? I think – to me at least – it looks like they’ll be taking the campy elements out and going straight scary. So far though it looks like they could pull it off!

  2. With all this promotion talk, I realized I never went through this post and commented! :) Count me in for Stoker, Springbreakers, The Place Beyond the Pines, Evil Dead and 42. The rest? No thanks.

    Actually, that’s more than I expected to want to see for this time of the year. Will be nice to have at least SOMETHING to look forward to.

  3. I’m looking forward to Evil Dead.I’ve only seen Evid Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. I looked on IMDB and I don’t see Ash though. He’s gotta be one of my favorite antihero’s. Almost everything he says is very quotable. Should be interesting though. Looks like they are trying to be scary this time.

    • Oh, definitely… they’re going straight up horror with this one. Evil Dead 2 was a sequel, but it was also basically a remake of the first, they’re very similar… only 2 had more humor and a better budget.

      And yeah, I dont know if they’re going to give someone the title of Ash, and if he’ll be a wiseass like Bruce Campbell’s was… we’ll have to see. Anyways, though, the early reviews are great, I’m pretty psyched for that one!

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