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January 4 

Certificate R   -   Horror | Thriller

A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
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The Buzz: The Sawyer family legacy has been carved up into separate remakes, prequels, and reboots, but it hasn't stopped Lionsgate from picking up the rights and creating a new movie that explores what the town of Newt, Texas did in the wake of Leatherface's notorious killing spree. Horror fans might feast on the first wide release in some time, so we're thinking the movie might open well even in a week where a couple holiday films expand wide.

Certificate R   -   Action | Thriller

31 Metascore
A former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a corporate whistle blower to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South American village.
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The Buzz: Picture this: Eva Longoria playing a political activist. Has there been a better actress/character pairing since Tara Reid portrayed an anthropologist in Alone in the Dark? In an alternate universe, A Dark Truth is a Ben Affleck movie with Oscar buzz; in this world, the casting alone boggles the mind.

January 11 

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

40 Metascore
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.
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The Buzz: For his new movie, Ruben Fleischer makes a wise directorial move away from action comedies and goes back to the mid-century for a hard-boiled crime drama with a fine ensemble cast. You might remember the squad was re-booked from an awards-friendly 2012 release to this month after the awful events of Aurora, Colorado; Fleischer cut certain footage and re-shot some scenes in order to soften the film's violence. Despite the high-profile cast, you might say the person getting the most attention at the moment is screenwriter Will Beall since he is developing the Justice League (2017) script for Warner Bros.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Fantasy

20 Metascore
Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.
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The Buzz: Marlon Wayans presents his Paranormal Activity spoof months before Scary Movie 5 (2013) -- the franchise Wayans helped launch -- tests its cultural relevancy. Scary will have more marketing power, but we bet Haunted will bring the funny.

Certificate PG-13   -   Comedy | Drama

64 Metascore
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
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The Buzz: As the third season of "Downton Abbey" is released in the U.S., no doubt older audiences will indulge in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, which places Maggie Smith front and center as the grande dame who shakes up the populace of a home for quippy octogenarians. Reviews have been polite, as you might expect, but little more.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama

41 Metascore
A high schooler recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.
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The Buzz: Unlike most of his "Glee" schoolmates, Chris Colfer might put the New Directions era behind him and wade into the world of filmmaking; his screenplay has earned favorable comparisons to everyone's favorite high school comedies, and there's the built-in cool factor knowing that his character narrates the story from the grave. That's totally Winona-approved.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama

54 Metascore
Dave returns to his hometown on the Massachusetts coast for his father's funeral, where his reunion with two old friends provides a healthy dose of reality.
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The Buzz: Chris Messina and Sarah Paulson are the best-known names in this indie drama, but there's an interesting story to be found in Messina's creative relationship with Tom O'Brien, the writer/director/co-star of Fairhaven. Both actors came up in New York City's theater scene, and as Messina found himself being typecast in Hollywood after his "Six Feet Under" breakthrough, he and O'Brien began working on a script that eventually became this project.

Certificate R   -   Action | Comedy | Crime

33 Metascore
When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her godson from an abusive stepfather, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters.
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The Buzz: This grindhouse-cinema tribute looks fun enough; too bad you can't drink and smoke in any theater. Seems ultimately unmissable for Billy Bob Thornton's performance since he barely says anything in the trailer and completely owns those 2.5 minutes.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary

53 Metascore
Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.
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The Buzz: Some of the chiefs behind this documentary on the rise of paparazzi culture have graciously contributed the photos for our event coverage over the years, and we wish them the best with the roll out of their new work.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Comedy | Drama

46 Metascore
Harry is an industrialist who loves his daughter Bijlee, and the bond they share with Harry's man friday, Matru. Bijlee's plan to wed the son of a politician, however, brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.
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The Buzz: Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma are Bollywood crossover stars, while their elder, Pankaj Kapur, is a respected contemporary of Om Puri. Their combined appeal should turn director Vishal Bhardwa's latest into his biggest Stateside hit to date. Also, I wish that my typical day looked just like this poster.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Action | Comedy | Drama

A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out.
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The Buzz: This South Korean disaster flick found its audience over the holidays, becoming a huge hit on its native soil. Here in the States, it could be another indie breakout for distributor CJ Entertainment, the studio behind recent successful promotions of Neuk-dae-so-nyeon (2012) and Gwanghae: Wangyidoen namja (2012).

Certificate R   -   Horror | Sci-Fi

52 Metascore
In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
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The Buzz: Noel Clarke grinds out a handful of microbudget films a year in the UK, though in the US he's more the kind of performer who causes people to use this site to answer the question: What movie was he in? Magnolia Pictures follows their now-standard procedure of releasing the movie on VOD a month or so before its theatrical run, which is proving to be a savvy business model for the indie studio. In terms of the film itself, the premise is so ingenious we're surprised no one has thought of it before.

Certificate R   -   Drama | History | Thriller

95 Metascore
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.
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The Buzz: Kathryn Bigelow's never known the level of controversy her follow-up to The Hurt Locker (2008) has generated. Even before cameras rolled on the recreation of the events leading up to the assassination of Osama bin Laden, a government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against the CIA and the Department of Defense since details of the reported meeting between the agencies, Bigelow, and writer Mark Boal have not been released via the Freedom of Information Act. Seems like the filmmakers have been privy to classified information. And that situation is old news when compared to the early critical reactions, which range from laudatory to damning. It's the sort of real-world drama the industry and those who write about it could mutually benefit from, a reminder of when American films used to resonate beyond our desire for entertainment.

January 18 

Certificate PG-13   -   Horror | Thriller

57 Metascore
A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family.
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The Buzz: Looks like Guillermo del Toro is in proud-papa mode as he mentors filmmaker Andres Muschietti, who here adapts his short into what could be one of the most effective spins on the admittedly tired haunted-kid horror story. And we totally love Jessica Chastain's Dragon Tattoo makeover.

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Thriller

54 Metascore
The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
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The Buzz: This thriller, which has earned comparisons to High Noon (1952) (seriously), was almost made with Liam Neeson back when Taken (2008) made him to the go-to man for action-movie pitches. If the screenplay is as good as its Black List-status, and if I Saw the Devil (2010) director Kim Jee-Woon finds a balance between characterization and style, Sheriff Ray Owens might become another iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger hero.

Certificate R   -   Crime | Drama | Thriller

49 Metascore
In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
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The Buzz: From Menace II Society (1993) through The Book of Eli (2010), Allen and Albert Hughes always worked in tandem as directors and producers, but Allen has gone solo for this presumably hard-boiled genre film written by Brian Tucker, who has no produced screenplays to his credit but has two projects in development -- a remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Basic Instinct (1992) soundalike called The Arrangement. Looking at Mark Wahlberg's upcoming movies, this one almost gets lost in the shuffle; for Russell Crowe, it's a pivotal role between a potential Oscar nomination for Les Misérables (2012) and his take on the character Jor-El in the Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013).

Certificate R   -   Crime | Drama

52 Metascore
An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.
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The Buzz: Common is more of a brand than an actor or rapper these days, but we have heard good things about his co-star, Michael Rainey Jr., in his debut role. Rainey Jr. will next appear as the younger version of Forest Whitaker's title character in The Butler (2013).

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama

63 Metascore
In a village on the French Opal Coast, a drifter engages in a perplexing relationship with a young woman who has suffered abuse.
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The Buzz: Director Bruno Dumont (Hadewijch (2009)/Twentynine Palms (2003)/Humanité (1999)) specializes in quasi-faith allegories, spontaneous acts of violence, long shots, stillness, and other interminable acts of outsider filmmaking. Longtime producer Rachid Bouchareb is at Dumont's side for his latest; given Bouchareb's increased cache and Satan's wildly mixed reviews, consider the bait laid for the art-house sect.

January 25 

Certificate R   -   Action | Fantasy | Horror

21 Metascore
Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
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The Buzz: For a minute there, we wondered if this one would ever get off the ground. To put it in perspective: development on writer-director Tommy Wirkola's follow up to the entertaining Dead Snow (2009) dates back to when David Fincher was circling Black Hole as his post-Benjamin Button option. Fast forward through all the actresses who've come and gone as Gretel (Diane Kruger, Eva Green, Noomi Rapace) and now we're just nervous that the movie's horror-comedy angle might prevent it from being a crossover hit.

Certificate R   -   Action | Crime | Romance | Thriller

42 Metascore
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
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The Buzz: In case you're losing interest in Jason Statham, this time around Jennifer Lopez is by his side and there's a Robin Hood theme running through the narrative. Sorta.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Romance

18 Metascore
A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
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The Buzz: This is like the director's version of New Year's Eve (2011), I guess. Sounds great in theory, and a potentially wasted opportunity to think beyond the big screen in terms of how to distribute such a project. In other words: a YouTube event? Huge traffic with lots of Likes and all the things that matter in the digital age. As a traditional release? Even I might wait to stream it.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Action | Crime | Thriller

Ranvir treads through the world of the Indian mafia in Turkey as he looks to avenge the death of his lover and partner in crime.
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The Buzz: Saif Ali Khan returns to the role of Ranvir with a higher-profile cast for this sequel to the 2008 hit. Bipasha Basu will somehow reprise her role of the deceased Sonia, too.

Certificate R   -   Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

53 Metascore
A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?
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The Buzz: Don Coscarelli's legion of fans probably know already that Angus Scrimm, the haunting grave-robber from Coscarelli's seminal Phantasm saga, appears in the director's first film in a decade. Armed with a bugged-out premise, Paul Giamatti, and the ever-increasing preference for video on demand, perhaps other innovative and hard-to-define from the Coscarelli Era will resurrect their careers as well.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Drama | Romance

66 Metascore
This sequel to Yossi and Jagger finds Dr. Yossi Gutmann reminiscing about his love ten years after his death; however, as he encounters a group of young soldiers, one of them, Tom, reignites his romantic feelings.
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The Buzz: A decade after the tragic conclusion of Yossi & Jagger (2002), director Eytan Fox catches us up with Yossi Hoffman, who is now a doctor, still closeted, and in mourning. The original film struck such a chord with audiences, the mixed reactions to the sequel come as little surprise. But let's hear it for the great-looking Ohad Knoller, a beefier version of Jeremy Renner who is allowed to eat carbohydrates.

Certificate Not Rated   -   Documentary

74 Metascore
A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.
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The Buzz: Werner Herzog's nature documentaries have their own category of awesomeness, as well as a niche audience who see them regardless of their subject matter. Happy People, which Herzog co-directed with Dmitry Vasyukov, has laid relatively low on the festival circuit over the past two years, and seems more quietly spectacular than his recent higher profile work.

Certificate R   -   Drama

34 Metascore
A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.
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The Buzz: "West Wing" devotees should note the reunion of Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff for this political comedy -- even if its marketing materials reveal the movie was set to be released in conjunction with the 2012 presidential election but was quietly slipped into the early 2013 calendar. Documentary vet Bill Guttentag directs and co-writes.

Certificate R   -   Comedy

Four friends hit the road to LA to compete in the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship, but will they be able to compete with the worst hangovers of their lives?
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The Buzz: I'll have to check with my gamer friends to see if this for-the-fans comedy makes any inroads, or if the conversations they have while deep in some alternative reality are funnier. Zelda Williams -- daughter of Robin -- has a supporting role as first-world lust object.


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