Synopsis: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
Release Date: August 16, 2013
Thoughts: OK…I’m going to come clean about something…are you ready? I didn’t really like the first Kick-Ass when it was released in 2010. There, I said it and I hope we can still be friends.
While I appreciated the anti-superhero movie for what it was trying to accomplish I felt it wound up just being an excuse for tiny tyke Chloë Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows, Carrie) to spew profanity while our titular hero got the bloody crap kicked out of him. It was overlong and overstuffed, resulting in a film I just couldn’t warm to. With the nice take at the box office, a sequel was a foregone conclusion so this summer Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back and this time they’re up against old comrade Red Mist. With a new director and screenwriter on board we’ll have to see if the sequel can make a better impression on me than the original.
Synopsis: A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.
Release Date: October 18, 2013
Thoughts: My first impression of the remake of Carrie wasn’t too positive until I was set straight that director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is going back to the source material for her version of Stephen King’s novel. While the original film took a few liberties with the book, word on the street is that Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are paying attention to the tone and details that made King’s tome so popular over the years. While the first trailer offered more of a tease at things to come, the second preview shows us stars Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows) in action as a mother-daughter duo with some serious issues. Moore is the unhinged religious zealot with a telekinetic daughter (Moretz) who has a very unique prom night. All of us remember the prom sequence but what I’ve always liked about the book and 1976 original was the strong framework that sets-up the final act – without that the story wouldn’t work so I’m hopeful Peirce uses her gift at creating alienation to good effect. Originally planned for a March release, Carrie was wisely moved back to October to better place itself in the midst of Halloween horror fever…let’s hope it doesn’t get lost!