Jack the Giant Slayer - I’m not entirely sure about this one. The only gleaming hope that shines is that it’s directed by Bryan Singer. Everything else looks like an unpolished piece of fantasy filmmaking. The trailer is sloppy, the jokes don’t hit, and the effects look pretty mediocre. What do you expect from a film that’s been pushed back for 9 months?
21 and Over - If you watched The Hangover (2009) while our protagonists were on Rohypnol instead of the morning after, that is what 21 and Over looks like, but worse. I’m not excited for this, especially with a Project X feel to it as well. I’m getting pretty sick of these party-to-hard movies.
The Last Exorcism Part II - I really like the first film, and with the new direction this film is going it gives some interesting plot development. Instead of being handheld camera work, it’s actually a by the numbers horror film; it just matters if it’s good or not. A lot of the marketing screams generic exorcism movie.
Oz: The Great and Powerful - Again, like Jack and the Giant Slayer, this looks like Alice in Wonderland (2010) but because Sam Raimi is directing I have high hopes. I love Raimi and with the exception of Spider-Man 3 (2007) I think he is a fantastic director. I love the cast as well and it looks promising.
Dead Man Down - So far, this looks like a contender to be the best film of 2013 thus far. From the director of the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) we have Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell, and Terrance Howard in a mob-like movie. I’m excited for this and hope it lives up to my expectations.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Eh. It has potential and gives some promising moments to look forward to, but I just hope Steve Carell doesn't go down the Will Ferrell route of picking a profession and being a man child with it.
Olympus Has Fallen - Die Hard (1988) in The White House. It looks stupid, but could be a lot of fun.
The Croods - I’m not looking forward to this at all. It looks gorgeous, but not promising. After last years failed attempt at good animated movies, The Croods doesn't look like it can make up for it. But it’s Dreamworks and we got How to Train Your Dragon (2010) from them.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - We all know this is going to be bad. It’s a given already. They pushed it back 6 months because it was so bad and they thought critics would go easier on it with the rest of the crap at the beginning of the year. This is pretty much a given to be terrible.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation - Tyler Perry can get lost for all I care. I’m sick of him as much as the next guy who has a sense of film criticism. But he will get money from the demographic he lays in front of him.
The Host - This can be two things, but will get one thing for certain. It can either be the next Twilight and suck, or be this year’s The Hunger Games and actually be fairly good. The one thing it will get is money. If you think that there won’t be lines out the door for Stephanie Meyer’s new film series, you would have to be crazy. I’m not excited because I know exactly what it is going to be, but a good cast is behind it, so I give it the benefit of the doubt.