January is just a weird month when it comes to movies. Normally, there are still most, if not all, of the Oscar nominated films still in theaters at this time. So, that means you can take the time to head out to the movie theaters and spend your money on quality films. However, if seeing deep, meaningful movies (the kind of movies the Academy loves), but want mindless, minor movies that don’t challenge your brain, there are plenty of those, too. This week, is no exception.
These are the movies coming out in theaters this weekend, January 25, 2013:
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen. If you know Grimm’s fairy tales, then you know the story of the brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel, who got lost in the woods and end up at a candy-house where a witch lives. Its a lovely, tender-hearted tale about cannibalism as the witch tries to eat the kids, and murder, as the kids end up killing the witch. Now, the story comes to the big screen in a much different way. Hansel and Gretel, in this case, are all grown up and they travel the world hunting down the evil witches with extreme prejudice. Not for the kids, that’s for sure. Rated R.
Movie 43 - Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Moretz, Emma Stone and more. A movie with several writers, a handful of directors, and a huge all-star cast that, apparently, aims to be the raunchiest and most outrageous film ever to hit the big screen. The movie has been produced by one of the Farrelly brothers, so you know the standard and level of comedy we are reaching for here. The movie has 12 different storylines and each one is by a different director. Another thing, that may or may not be a good thing, is that the film was originally shot in 2010, but is now only getting a theatrical release. It is one of the biggest ensemble casts of A-list movie stars ever assembled for a film, however. Rated R.
Parker - Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Wendell Pierce. The Parker in the title of the film is a professional thief played by Statham. He may be a thief, but he has more in common with Robin Hood than you average burglar, as he believes you don’t steal from the people who cannot afford to be robbed. On his most recent heist he finds himself the victim of a double cross by his own crew and now he is out for revenge. He ends up partnering with Lopez’s character to try and track down the guys who left him for dead and make sure they regret it. Rated R.