5. Mama Jan 18
Jessica Chastain does a horror movie!! Rejoice!! Directed by Spanish director Andres Muschietti and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film follows Annabel (Chastain) and husband Lucas (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who are raising his nieces after they were discovered in the woods, lost for five years, and are definitely being haunted by something they think is their mother. Fun fact! Muschietti was a PA on 1996's Evita. Double fun fact! The Mama trailer, featuring a gothed out Chastain, is kind of terrifying.
4. John Dies at the End Jan 25
This indescribable romp through insanity trip of a movie finally gets a limited release! The film from Bubba Ho Tep helmer Don Coscarelli, has been a midnight favorite at film festivals for all of 2012 and for good reason. Decidedly not for everyone, be sure to give the trailer a watch to figure out if it's your speed. But if two adorable exorcist-types taking a drug named soy sauce that makes them see other dimensions and helps them save the universe sounds up your alley, you're in for a confusingly wonderful time at the movies.
3. Movie 43 Jan 25
This new comedy featuring intertwining shorts directed by the likes of James Gunn, Brett Ratner and Elisabeth Banks stars just about everyone ever. The trailer smacks of the raunchy hilarity of early Farrelly Brothers, so it should come as no surprise that Peter Farrelly is a producer and part of the large directing team. The actors include Oscar winners, comedy staples, TV stars, and Gerard Butler, perhaps reviving his career playing a Leprechan.
2. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Jan 25
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as Hansel and Gretel, siblings who have become vengeful witch hunters in their adult hood. Delayed, delayed and delayed some more, this action comedy filmed in 3D is finally getting released in good ol' January. But if the timing freaks you out, take a look at the writer/director and producing team for some semblance of reassurance. The director of Dead Snow meets the producing team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay? This is so crazy it might just work! Or be mind blowingly awful.
1. Gangster Squad Jan 11
After being delayed four months to allegedly reshoot certain sequences in light of the Aurora shooting, Gangster Squad is one of the few films that may in fact be excellent, despite its questionable month of release. Ruben Fleischer's (Zombieland) third film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin and is a 1950s Los Angeles set Noir about the LAPD's battle to keep the East Coast mafia away from their city. The screenplay from Castle scribe Will Beall is based on Paul Lieberman's book and holycrapIcan'twait.