Blockbuster Movie Hits Scheduled for Release in January 2013

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A crime drama chronicling the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles during the 1940s and 50s. Based on the Los Angeles Times' seven part series titled "Tales From the Gangster Squad", the film stars Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Josh Brolin & Giovanni Ribisi.
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December 28th, 2012

Blockbuster Movie Hits Scheduled for Release in January 2013

-- January always seems to be a relatively quiet month on the movie scene after all the Christmas blockbusters, but January 2013 may prove to be quite different with many highly anticipated films scheduled for release. Some of the most anticipated and biggest productions are discussed in detail below.

"Texas Chainsaw 3D"

One of the first films of the month to be released will be "Texas Chainsaw 3D." Scheduled for release on Jan. 4, this film will be the seventh of the immensely popular Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. This latest installment will be different because it is the first to be shot totally in 3D. Since the release of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in 1974, this film series has gone from strength to strength and is widely recognized as a benchmark for slasher films. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" will be a direct sequel to the original instead of continuing on from the sixth film of the franchise. John Luessenhop was hired as director and Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus were commissioned to write the script. Filming for "Texas Chainsaw 3D" began in the summer of 2011. Unsurprisingly, due to its gory violence and strong language, the film was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.

"A Dark Truth"

Also scheduled for release on Jan. 4 is "A Dark Truth," the latest action film offering from Canadian director and writer Damian Lee. "A Dark Truth" was released on-demand at the end of November 2012 but will not be shown to movie audiences until the New Year. "A Dark Truth" plays host to a bunch of star-studded actors, such as Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Garcia. The plot revolves around a corporate whistle blower discovering a violent massacre in a South American village and turning to a political talk show host, who has a CIA background, to expose the cover-up. "A Dark Truth" promises to start the month of January off with a bang by reminding moviegoers of the activities of some multinational corporations.

"Gangster Squad"

"Gangster Squad" was originally meant to be released on Sept. 7, 2012, but the fallout from the Aurora shooting bumped the film back a few months. Now scheduled for release on Jan. 11, "Gangster Squad" promises to live up to the high expectations surrounding it. With a cast full of such talent as Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, "Gangster Squad" has the potential to enthrall movie audiences with its fast-paced action sequences and interesting plot. The film largely revolves around the struggle of the LAPD in the 1940s and 50s to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the city. With supporting roles from Josh Brolin and Michael Peña, "Gangster Squad" is sure to take movie audiences back in time.

"The Last Stand"

Although there are a number of high profile actors in "The Last Stand," there is one in particular who movie audiences can't wait to see on the big screen again: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although Schwarzenegger has had a couple of voiceover roles since he returned to Hollywood, this will be his first leading role since 2003, when he starred in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." The film will also be the first American-based production for South Korean director Kim Ji-woon, but inevitably much of the focus will be on whether Schwarzenegger still has what it takes to succeed again in Hollywood. Other well known actors in "The Last Stand" are Johnny Knoxville, Zach Gilford, and Forest Whitaker. The film's plot is based around the leader of a drug cartel fleeing court and making a dash for the Mexican border, only to come up against Sheriff Ray Owens (played by Schwarzenegger). Scheduled for release on Jan. 18, Schwarzenegger fans will be counting down the days to seeing the Terminator back in action.

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"

Everyone loves a good fairytale, and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" promises to live up to the hype surrounding it. Originally meant to be released in March 2012, distribution company Paramount Pictures pushed back the release date by ten months to Jan. 11. The film was pushed back a further couple of weeks in order to avoid competition with "Gangster Squad." Shot in 3D, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" will bring a whole new perspective on a classic children's story. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play the roles of Hansel and Gretel respectively, while Tommy Wirkola is director and co-writer. With fans having to wait extra long to see "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," their patience will be rewarded with a stunning new take on a traditional fairytale.