The 2013 Spring Movie Season Preview


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”

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.


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.



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…



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


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.



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.


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!


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.


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!!”


March 22nd


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.


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.


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.


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…


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?


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.


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!


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.


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!


April 12th


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.


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”.


April 19th


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.



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.


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.


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.


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!!


Daniel Fogarty


67 thoughts on “The 2013 Spring Movie Season Preview

  1. CAN’T WAIT for The Place Beyond the Pines. It looks so good, and it’s pretty fantastic having Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in the same movie.
    Might check out Stoker, still not sure…
    I love how The Last Exorcism has a Part II. Clearly the first Last Exorcism was not the last ha ha! I was laughing when I saw the trailer for that in the theater.
    I’ll probably check out Oblivion as well. Hopefully it’s good.

    • Yeah, Place Beyond the Pines has all the makings for a really good flick. Let’s hope they come through.

      Oblivion looks pretty slick, too.

      I’m gonna have to drag myself to the Last Exorcism. The three other releases stack neatly this week. That one doesn’t, which means I’ll have to take a special trip back just for that. Ughck. LOL

  2. I gotta say bro there are a lot of steaming piles of crappola this spring. 21 and Over looks like more of the same raunchy idiocy that the unoriginal “comedic” minds in Hollywood pump out regularly. The Call is a WWE production . GULP! GI Joe 2… Really??? There are a handful of potentially good films in the first half of spring.

    Then things change April 5th with Evil Dead. I can’t wait! I’m telling you if it turns out to be a dud I’m gonna weep for a week. It won’t! It’s gonna rock!

    • The Call is a WWE production? LOL. I didnt even know that… they do movies now? 😀 Thats awesome!

      GI Joe 2 was bound to happen. It’s a big name property and the first made a decent amount of money. Unfortunately, they didnt decide to make a better movie LOL.

      Yeah, Evil Dead could be good. I mean it looks it so far, right? Let’s hope… I would hate to see that one get a shitty remake, like so many have before 😦

  3. Real heads-up post here Fogs. I’ve used the winter to catch up on Oscar nominated film’s so I’m ready for more now.

    The Place Beyond the Pines is the standout here. Can’t wait for that one.

    Stoker is another big highlight.

    Oz, and Jack the Giant slayer look decent.
    I’d also give Oblivion a shout and Dead Man Down sounds good. It’s the same director of the original Dragon Tattoo and I’d be interested to see where he takes that one.

    • Yeah, I’m psyched for Pines, too. I just hope I get to SEE Stoker. I dont get to limited release movies easily. a) its a drive to whatever theatre would show them b) I have my hands full with the wide releases. So, I just hope it doesnt get shelved for me and I wind up eventually seeing it a year from now for an “Under the Radar”. 😦

      I guess the fact that the director did Dragon Tattoo gives Dead Man Down a shot… I dont think it looks all that good though, at this point. We’ll see soon though!

  4. You should try using more tags in your posts.

    Right off hand I say “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Evil Dead” for the win Fogs.
    It’s going to take me all day to go through this post, awesome!

    • LOL. “You should try using more tags in your posts” Dick. 😀 Ohhhhh… Someone had to say it, right? Hey well, lets see if Andy is right.

      I hope Pines and Dead both rock. They both hold a lot of promise I would say. There’s some others too. Oz, Obvilion… Let’s hope theres some good stuff between now and Iron Man!

  5. Damn look at those tags 😉

    Other than the Place Beyond the Pines I would not say I have high hopes for any of these films.

    I am however interested in checking out Stoker, Oblivion, Oz, and Spring Breakers in that order.

    At least these films look better than the crap they have been feeding us for the last two months.

  6. I thought I would be the guy that mentions tags…….hope you get more luck out of your tag whoring than I did LOL!! It brought in jack shit extra for me, even when I google the ones I used Im nowhere near the top! No idea how Andy gets so high……

    ANYWAY, great post Fogs. Some good looking stuff coming up 🙂

  7. My 5 year old bursts into maniacal laughter whenever an ad for “The Croods” comes up. I hope that’s a cause-and-effect thing, and my 5 year old isn’t just prone to outbursts of maniacal laughter. Anyway, probably will take the boys to go see that one.

    For the grown-up fair, only “42” has really has me interested. I’m more likely to take the spring and try to catch up on the 2012 movies I missed. And watch A Game of Thrones, natch.

  8. Looking forward to Oz and Oblivion (what’s w/ the double Os, ahah). Having seen “Jack the Giant Slayer” I kinda agree w/ what you said, probably more appealing to adults.

  9. Really? Spring Breakers and NOT Oz? Really? I hope Oz is as cool a film as Alice was! Its my top pick for March while Spring Breakers is hands down winning the poll for worst! Sometimes I wonder about you Fogs LMAO!

    • Spring Breakers looks deliciously bad. So bad its good heaven, here we come. 😀

      Alice… wasn’t great. So, I have hopes for Oz, but I’m keeping them in check so I dont get disappointed. We’ll see.

  10. Well then. There are some great films in this list that will most certainly help me get rid of the bad tastes that have been January and February. Very sexy write-up, Fogs. Very sexy. Sexy. Sex. Se. S.

  11. Whoa! You know, I have something to say about the majority of these. Will Scary Movie ever stop? Go for it and give it an F. I’m mega chickenshit but Evil Dead trailer without sound looks pretty awesome. Pain and Gain could be interesting or anything with The Rock usually makes me laugh.

    The ones I’m really looking forward to is Oz, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Croods, Stoker, Dead Man Down. I would check out The Call since I’ve always liked Abigail Breslin. I really want to see how Saoirse Ronan does in The Host but I’m not too big on the basis especially if its the same author as Twilight.

    “Tyler Perry channels his inner Nicholas Sparks” ROFL! Isn’t he the guy who called a closet or something? Temptation is a skip for me. Anything with Kim Kardashian would not have me anywhere near it.

    • Scary Movie wont stop until WE stop it! Unfortunately, most of us already DONT give it out money in the theatres, LOL, so I dont know what else we can do.

      The Evil Dead trailer has some potential. That movie could actually wind up being scary!

      I hope Pain & Gain makes us ALL laugh. LOL 😀 I smell Cheese.

      Nicholas Sparks is the guy behind “The Notebook”, “Safe Haven”, “Dear John”, “The Lucky One”, etc etc. Romantic, formulaic blech. LOL

      Meanwhile, I have high hopes too for all the ones you mentioned!

      • I know who Nicholas Sparks is 😛 I used to read and watch these movies until they were just doses of depression that I didn’t need. Tyler Perry on the other hand was the who was in that movie last year that I can’t remember the name of..but you called him a closet or something..But either way, I’ll be looking forward to what you say about Temptation when it comes out 😛 But I definitely won’t see it 😉

      • Ohhhhhhhh yeah. LOL

        I did 😀 I said in his performance in Alex Cross he was auditioning for a career as a closet door! LOL 😀 Heh heh heh. Good times, Kim, Good times.

        Now he’s directing! Lets see how that works!

  12. I’m definitely gong to see Stoker and Oblivion – the first one looks just the right amount of messed up for my taste and the latter has Andrea Riseborough, who really deserves to be more famous, and the Kingslayer 😛

  13. Wow I didn’t realize how stacked this spring was. I am going to go out on a limp and say that I look forward to close to half of these. If I had to pick a top three I would go with Stoker, Dead Man Down (there is something about Noomi Rapace and Oplev working together again that I really want to see), and Oblivion. 21 and Over looks like a laugh a minute which should be fun. I said on a previous post of yours I like anything Bruce Willis but I really did not like the first GI so we shall see. If 42 is half as good as what Billy Crystal did with 61* I will be a happy baseball fan. And Place Beyond the Pines has everything it should need to be amazing but I said that before for Gangster Squad and that blew.

    • I cant go out on that limb WITH you for Dead Man Down. LOL But the rest, I agree with!

      Yeah 61* was great, I hope 42 is just as good. I just hope the rap and modern music and whatnot was just for the trailers. LOL 😀

  14. Pumped for Stoker. And I think Spring Breakers has a shot at being a cult sensation.

    I think Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor looks like the worst film ever made. Place Beyond the Pines looks incredible. Excited for 42, REALLY excited for M83’s music in Oblivion… So yeah, should be a good spring!

    • LOL. That’s where I’m at with Spring Breakers, too. I just hope if its bad, that its at least laughably bad, you know?

      I hope “Pines”, “Oblivion” and “42” deliver. Then it really WOULD be an incredible Spring, no doubt!

  15. Stoker, Dead Man Down, OZ: The Great and Powerful, and Springbreakers are ones I want to check because I am fans of the directors. The Evil Dead remake and Last Exorcisim Part 2 because I am fans of the genre and I liked those other movies

  16. Burt Wonderstone – should be fun and just maybe fantastic fun
    Pain & Gain – dumb fun ; could be more than fun
    jOBS – great icon; lousy movie – Ashton stinks
    21 & over – could be good as it’s from Hangover makers (writers not drinks)
    OZ – has all the potential to be solid
    Croods – as FMR said looks great and comes from a strong pedigree i.e. …Dragon
    Jack the Giant Slayer – I’m holding out hope for because it might be good between cast and Singer’s potential (more Xmen less Superman Returns) 😉

    • Wonderstone – Agreed Pain & Gain Yeah, Let’s hope jOBS – LOL. Yeah, I went over his filmography, Ive never seen Butterfly Effect, that’s his only shot left! The rest suck! 21 – Let’s hope its half as good as that movie was. Studio sure has been advertising it enough! Oz – Key word at this point is still potential Croods – I hope this is just as solid as their other films! Jack – I’m pretty much already resigned to the fact its not going to be good. 😦

  17. Hmm… got to say this is still looking rather wintery to me. Breaking it down in three groups here:


    Oz the Great and Powerful: This looks good. Raimi’s a better director than Burton, and this seems to have respect for the franchise. I like the fact that they’re keeping Kansas scenes different.

    Oblivion: Huge potential here. Great concept, and Tom Cruise can be very good in sci-fi films.

    Mildly Interested:

    Jack the Giant Slayer, The Place Beyond the Pines, Evil Dead

    Stoker: Has some potential. Could be good and disturbing, or could just be disturbing.

    Olympus Has Fallen: Eh. It might be OK for a home video rental. I don’t really expect much.

    The Croods: This one has been growing on me. I still don’t have high hopes, but I expect it’ll be entertaining. The scenery looks gorgeous, although the characters are just a little hard to look at.

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation: I haven’t seen the first one, so although I don’t really expect this to be good, I can’t come out and say it’ll be awful either.


    21 & Over, Phantom, The Call, Admission

    The Last Exorcism Part II: Please.

    Dead Man Down: That’s a ridiculously arthouse trailer for an action film.

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Geez that looks awful. A bunch of comedians who are at their best when restrained all going full tilt playing exceptionally smug and irritating characters. No thank you.

    Spring Breakers: Notable only as a footnote as Selena Gomez tries to break out of the Disney mold. One hopes her career doesn’t go in Lohan’s direction.

    Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor: Couldn’t even finish the trailer.

    The Host: Under a different author’s hands, if it hadn’t been a teen romance, this could have gone up at least one category.

    42: Just not a topic I’m interested in. Never did like baseball.

    Scary Movie 5: Yeah I think we’re looking at an auto-F there.

    jOBS: I doubt Steve Jobs’ life story is very interesting — especially not if sanitized the way this looks likely to be. At best, this smells like lionization (I’ve never understood the “Steve Jobs is the good guy” attitude of Apple fans). At worst, well… I assume you watched the clip. The dialogue is terrible, and so is the delivery.

    Pain & Gain: Morbid Curiosity Files someday. That’s all. 😀

    The Big Wedding: I had this pegged as a dumb rom-com with too many stars from the poster. After seeing the trailer, I see it’s just a dumb comedy with too many stars. Idiot plot at work here. They decide to pretend to still be married to avoid offending someone who gave up the kid for adoption and hasn’t been a part of his life except for phone calls for 15 years, who he didn’t even invite to the wedding but is showing up anyway? Tell her to piss off. There. Movie over.

    • I dont know that I’d say Raimi’s a better director than Burton yet. Burton’s not on top of his game, but I still his filmography before Raimi’s. Quickly, too.

      Yeah, the “Croods” are a little tough on the eyes. I realize that theyre supposed to be cavemen, but… eesh. LOL

      The first GI JOe featured a lot of stuff blowing up in huge explosions.

      Dead Man Down: That’s a ridiculously arthouse trailer for an action film.” LOL!! Isnt it though? Ha! 😀

      You dont like Baseball? Wow… You can still enjoy a baseball movie though no? How about all the legendary racial issues involved with the Jackie Robinson story?

      I’m totally with you on The Big Wedding. I may be actively hostile towards that one going in. LOL

      • Raimi has the ability to change his style. Burton doesn’t.

        I can, theoretically, enjoy a baseball movie. None come to mind, though. Granted, I haven’t seen too many. But it’s hard to entertain me with a film about a sport I don’t find entertaining. The racial issues are significant, yes… but they frequently don’t make for an entertaining story. I’m not big on biopics anyway, as a rule.

  18. Not a whole lot of ‘Must-sees’ there for me, but there are a few:

    Oblivion, Oz, Evil Dead, 42 are probably the majority of the list. lol. Maybe Jobs as well.

    COMIC BOOK GEEK REFERENCE: Michael Bay is movie’s Chuck Austen.

    As for the rest, I’ll wait and see what that Fogs guy has to say about them. 😉

    • LOL. I hope that guy knows what he’s doing then… 😀

      I’m with you on all of them except jOBS… sorry to say though taht I’ve been out of comics long enough for that reference to go over my head 😦

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