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Upcoming 3D Movies - Spring 2013

List of 3D Films in March and April 2013

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Spring has become an interesting time at the box office. It used to be relatively quiet—not February quiet, mind you, but not exactly blockbuster season either. All of that began to change back in 2007 when 300 shocked the world with a $70 million opening and a final take over $200M. Since then, it's become more and more common for one or two franchises with blockbuster potential to open in March or April, and it all culminated last year when The Hunger Games and The Lorax both blossomed into pretty enormous hits.

Now, I don't think Spring 2013 has anything in lined up that will soar to the lofty heights of last year's Hunger Games, but March alone has four 3D films that all have great potential.

Here's what's in store:

1. March

  • 3/01: Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner/New Line) - It's probably not a film that's poised to become a huge breakout hit, but that doesn't mean it won't be good. Despite having one of the blandest initial marketing posters I've ever seen, the trailer wasn't half bad and it looks like Bryan Singer is shooting for a darker-than-average retelling of the old Cornish fairy tale. This approach has been hit or miss in the past—last year's Red Riding Hood was an enormous disappointment, but I think Singer brings quite a bit more to the table as a director than Riding Hood's Hardwicke.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 3/08: Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney) - There are actors and actresses out there who's name alone can be an indication of quality. People like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray. They bring with them a certain amount of gravitas and raise a film's profile. Not necessarily because they're the best thespians in Hollywood, but because they're relatively picky with the projects they choose.

    James Franco isn't one of these.

    He's put in some really good turns—27 hours, Milk, and Freaks and Geeks all readily spring to mind. But on the other side of the equation there are some real stinkers. Your Highness is truly awful, he was pretty dreadful hosting the Oscars, and the icing on the cake is his infamous stint on General Hospital.

    My point, of course, is that it's really hard to say what side of the James Franco divide this film will land on. He and (director) Sam Rami have worked together before, but they're both just a little bit hit or miss. The trailer isn't terrible, but the whole thing sort of feels like a thinly veiled attempt by Disney to recapture the lightening-in-a-bottle they struck with Alice in Wonderland. Time will tell—at the end of the day, even if the film is a letdown, at least it looks like it'll be a very attractive one.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 3/22: The Croods (Fox/Dreamworks) - When The Croods was announced I had really high hopes, because pretty much everything that director Chris Sanders has touched has been golden—especially his most recent Dreamworks project, How to Train Your Dragon. But then the trailer came out, and—I don't know—it didn't exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence.

    The setting is interesting, with a sort of Avatar meets Nausicaa aesthetic, but the character design is just bland, bland, bland. Can you think of a single truly great animated feature that didn't have memorable character design? And why are there fireworks in the trailer if this is supposed to be a prehistoric setting? I really hope this film is better than the trailer let on (which is actually pretty common with feature aimation), but until the reviews start coming in my expectations will remain somewhat lower.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 3/29: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount) - Retaliation was originally scheduled for a 2012 summer release, but ended up back in the studio for re-shoots and rescheduled for the end of March. In some cases a delay can indicate a vote of no confidence from the studio—if your project gets offloaded into the January or September doldrums it probably isn't a great sign. Other times, a move might be purely strategic.

    With G.I. Joe we're probably looking at the latter case. Let's face it, this film had little chance of standing out in a summer that was absolutely dominated by The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and a Spiderman reboot. March, on the other hand, has become a proven breeding ground for breakout action flicks, and in its new slot G.I. Joe can be a big fish in a small pond.

    As for the film, I think we can expect more of the same. Things will explode, witty quips will be made, Bruce Willis will continue to be the consummate action hero, and fans of the genre will leave the theater satisfied.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes

2. April

  • 4/05: Jurassic Park 3D (Paramount) - At this point, I'm guessing you're either on board with the 3D re-releases or you're not. You can say whatever you want about the format, but at least the studio heads are making all the right choices as to which films ought to be revived.

    Even if nothing new were added, I'd be tempted to go see Jurassic Park if it popped up in a local theater, just for the chance to see it on the big screen one last time. But the prospect of seeing the T-Rex chase scene in 3D? Oh boy, sign me up!

    I've said it before, but I'll reiterate it here. Anything that gets classic films like Jurassic Park back into theaters is a good thing. I hope Ridley Scott follows through with Blade Runner, and I really wouldn't mind seeing something like 2001: A Space Odyssey getting the 3D treatment (among others).
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
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