Synopsis: As the Civil War nears its end, President Abraham Lincoln clashes with members of his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Thoughts: Steven Spielberg is one of those directors who seem to churn out movies with the greatest of ease. Almost under the radar, he plans and plots his productions so the actual act of filming them is nearly secondary. The long in the works Lincoln is finally readying for its November release and it looks to be another winning notch in Spielberg’s well-worn cinematic belt. Daniel Day-Lewis looked great in the promo shots and looks/sounds better in the trailer. Being born on Lincoln’s birthday always made me feel a little closer to Honest Abe — after seeing him hunt vampires in the murky Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter I’m ready to experience his story told by a whole crew of master craftspeople. The Oscar gauntlet has been thrown down by Spielberg and Lincoln…can’t wait for November.
Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Thoughts: It’s been my experience that anything producer Guillermo del Toro gets his hands on has some value to it. Though not sitting in the director’s chair, you can absolutely see what drew him to this stylized type of horror film. We all know that a good editor can make even the friendliest of family film look like a slasher flick but the trailer presented here produces some nice tingles on the spine. Jessica Chastain is proving to be quite a layered actress – her turn as a rough around the edges surrogate mom to two creepy girls looks to be a nice departure from that flame haired performer she’s been seen as so far. I’m hoping that its January release date (typically a dumping ground for duds) doesn’t mean it’s a dog because it looks like a wonderfully scary tale.
Synopsis: The night before their high school reunion, a group of friends realize they still haven’t quite grown up in some ways.
Release Date: September 14, 2012
Thoughts: Though it looks fairly similar to April’s American Reunion, the better timed 10 Years could be everything the fourth entry in the American Pie franchise wasn’t; namely funny, witty, having purpose. Director/screenwriter Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay for Tatum’s sudsy romance Dear John so I wouldn’t doubt he wrote this with Tatum in mind. A healthy supply of interesting supporting players (including Tatum’s real-life wife) show up and it makes me wonder if everyone isn’t friends in real life. As homecoming celebrations get underway across the country, this might be the right movie at the right time.