Checking that list — of movies opening in 2013

I’m gathering up the emails from studio publicists, one and all. Going over the 2013 release slate, compiling the list.

There’s a pretty thorough one at, an epic undertaking. Heaven knows how many woman/man hours it takes to compile it. But the studios change their minds about release dates willy nilly, so sometimes they’re late getting the changes.  So when Fox tells me that Walter Mitty isn’t opening Dec. 25, well, multiply that hassle times a dozen studios and you get the idea.

Looks like an interesting year, on first blush. Will “Anchorman” return? Along with the Little Mermaid and two more Star Wars movies converted to 3D?

Does Henry Selick’s new stop-motion animated picture have a title, and/or a release date? Will “Walter Mitty” land on Christmas Day?

So many questions…Below the page break, find my working list — titles and dates shifting like ice floes on the Talkeetna.


Jan. 4

– It’s About You (NY; LA release: Jan. 6)

– Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (NY)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (Lionsgate) Think there’ll be blood and body parts tumbling off the screen and into your lap for this one?

January 11

Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.) Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte star in this story about the elite LAPD squad that crossed several lines in an effort to keep organized crime out of the city in the 1940s and 50s.

A Haunted House (Open Road) Marlon Wayans gets back into the horror parody business with this takedown of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies.

January 18

Broken City (Fox)

Mama (Universal)

On the Road (Roadside Attractions)

The Last Stand (Lionsgate)

January 25

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Paramount)

John Dies at the End (Magnet Releasing) the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly an otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two save humanity?

Movie 43 (Relativity)


Parker (FilmDistrict) Jason Statham plays a thief whose code is, “Never steal from those who need the money.” Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte are also in Taylor Hackford’s film of a Donald Westlake novel.





Feb. 1

Bullet to the Head (Warner Bros.) Sly Stallone and Jason Mamoa star as a cop and a hitman who team up to fight a common enemy. Action auteur Walter Hill ( 48 Hrs.) returns to the big screen with this film.

Stand Up Guys (Roadside Attractions)

Warm Bodies (Summit) Teresa Palmer, Nicolas Hoult and John Malkovich star in this doomed zom

Feb. 8

Identity Thief (Universal)

The Playroom (Freestyle)

Safe Haven (Relativity)

Side Effects (Open Road)

The Sorcerer and the Whitesnake (Magnet Releasing) Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul.

Top Gun 3D IMAX (Universal)


Limited A Glimpse inside the Mind of Charles Swann III (A24 films)

Feb. 13

Beautiful Creatures (Warner Brothers)

Feb. 14.

A Good Day to Die Hard (Fox)

Escape from Planet Earth (Weinstein)

Feb. 22

Dark Skies (Dimension)


Snitch (Summit)


March 1

21 and Over (Relativity)

A Place at the Table (Magnolia)

Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner Brothers)

The Last Exorcism Part II (CBS Films)

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Magnet)

Stoker (Fox Searchlight)

The Sweeney (eOne)

March 8

ABC’s of Death (Magnet)

Admission (Focus)

Dead Man Down (FilmDistrict)

Hava Nagili (International Film Circuit)

Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney)

March 15

Carrie (Screen Gems)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Warner Brothers)


March 22

The Croods (Dreamworks Animation)

March 29

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount/MGM) Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson and others join the fray in this sequel to the unlikely hit — based on a cartoon built around a toy — of a couple of summers back.

The Host (Open Road)

The Patience Stone (Sony Classics)

The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus)

Starbuck (eOne)

Tyler Perry’s Temptation (Lionsgate)

Trance (Fox Searchlight)

April 5

The Brass Teapot (Magnolia)

The Heat (Fox)

Jurassic Park 3D (Universal)

Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict)

No Place on Earth (Magnolia)


April 12

42 (Warner Brothers)

Disconnect (LD Entertainment)

Evil Dead (Tristar)

Into the White (Magnolia)

Oblivion (Universal, IMAX theaters)

Scary Movie 5 (Weinstein)

To the Wonder (Magnolia)

April 19

Oblivion (Universal, wide)

April 24

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (IFC)

April 26

Pain & Gain (Paramount)

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (eOne)

The Big Wedding (Lionsgate)

The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay)

May 3

Iron Man 3 (Disney/Marvel)


May 10

About Time (Universal)

The Great Gatsby (Warner Brothers)

We the Peeples (Lionsgate)

May 17

Black Rock (LD Entertainment)

Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount)

May 24        

Epic (Fox/Blue Sky Animation)

Fast & Furious 6 (Universal)

The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros.)

 May 31

The Purge (Universal)

June 7

After Earth (Sony/Columbia)

The Internship (Fox)

(Much Ado About Nothing (Lionsgate/Roadside) limited

Now You See Me (Summit)

June 14        

Man of Steel (Warner Brothers)

This is the End (Sony/Columbia)


June 21

Monsters University (Disney/Pixar)

World War Z (Paramount)

June 28

Kick-Ass 2 (Universal)

White House Down (Sony/Columbia)


July 3

Despicable Me 2 (Universal)

The Lone Ranger (Disney)

July 12       

Grown Ups 2 (Sony/Columbia)

Pacific Rim (Warner Brothers)

July 19        

The Conjuring (Warner Brothers)

Girl Most Likely (Roadside Attractions) limited

R.I.P.D. (Universal)

Turbo (Dreamworks Animation)

July 26

The Wolverine (Fox)

July 31

The Smurfs 2 (Sony/Columbia)

August 2        

300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Brothers)

RED 2 (Summit)

August 9       

Elysium (Sony/Columbia)

Planes (Disney) CHECK

We’re the Millers (Warner Brothers)


August 16

2 Guns (Universal)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Fox)

The To Do List (CBS Films)


August 23

Mortal Instruments (Screen Gems)

You’re Next (Lionsgate)

August 30        

Getaway (Warner Brothers)

Insidious 2 (FilmDistrict)

One Direction 3D Concert Movie (Sony/Screen Gems)

Satanic (Weinstein)

September 6

Riddick 3D

September 13

Battle of the Year 3D (Screen Gems)

I, Frankenstein (Lionsgate)

The Little Mermaid (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

September 20    

Prisoners (Warner Brothers)

Rush (Universal)

Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones 3D (Fox)

September 27

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony/Columbia)

Runner Runner (Fox)

The Tomb (Summit)
October 4

Delivery Man (DreamWorks Pictures)

Paranoia (Relativity)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Dimension)

Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith 3D (Fox)

(Henry Selick’s latest, from Disney?)


October 11

Captain Phillips (Sony/Columbia)

The Devil’s Rapture (LD Entertainment) limited

Haunts (Fox)

Oldboy (FilmDistrict) Spike Lee’s remake of the edgy, violent Korean vengeance thriller about a man kidnapped, held prisoner for years and out for revenge on the unseen tormentor who bears some unknown grudge against him.

October 18        

Malavita (Relativity)

No Good Deed (Screen Gems)

Seventh Son (Warner Brothers)

October 25

Paranormal Activity 4 (Paramount)

The World’s End (Focus)

November 1

Ender’s Game (Summit)

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

November 8

Thor: The Dark World (Disney/Marvel Studios)

November 15

The Best Man II (Universal)

November 22

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)

November 27

Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios)


December 13    

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Brothers)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Lionsgate)


Last Vegas (CBS Films) TENTATIVE

December 20

CHECKING Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Paramount)

CHECKING Monuments Men (Sony/Columbia)

Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

CHECKING Walking With Dinosaurs (Fox)

December 25

Jack Ryan (Paramount)

(CHECKING — 47 Ronin 3D (Universal) Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada and a mostly Japanese cast star in this remake of a 1994 film (based on a play) about samurai who seek vengeance for their dead master.

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