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Best new releases in early 2013

Gangster Squad 

As buzz for the Oscars grows here’s our pick of the fims that deserve bums on seats, as well as some very honest reviews from your favourite movie critics.

Set in the late 1940’s, Gangster Squadis a mob-based drama that follows a crew of LAPD officers on their mission to take down the renowned mob king Mickey Cohen. With an all-star cast including Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin, this blockbuster promises all the ingredients of an American thug movie; violence, drugs and sex. Empire Magazine says “Sean Penn’s not been this fun since Jeff Spicoli and there’s plenty of rip-roaring action.” In cinemas now, rated R.

Quentin Tarantino pairs up with Russell Crowe and Lucy Lui in the new martial arts blockbuster The Man With the Iron Fists, which tells the story ofa band of warriors on their inevitable quest to find gold in feudal China. Critics have shamelessly slammed the movie, with The Guardian writing “Here is a colossally joyless star-egofest: a martial arts mashup in which one of the characters, with absolute seriousness, refers to his penis as ‘the baby’s arm’.” However fans of heavy violence and martial arts will ultimately enjoy the thriller. In cinemas now, rated R.

Jack Reacheris the first movie instalment in the new crime-thriller franchise starring Tom Cruise.  When a trained military sniper takes down five random victims, an intense chase for the truth unfolds in this drama based on the iconic series by Lee Child. Rotten Tomatoes calls it “an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.” In cinemas now, rated M.

If you’re looking for a solid scare, Mamais the new horror creation from the praised director of Pans Labyrinth. The film follows the story of two young girls who have survived alone in the woods for five years but bring an evil presence back when they are rescued. Screenrant.com says “Add in the fact that Guillermo del Toro is backing this film as executive producer, and there is no reason to think that Mama won’t be able to deliver a solid horror movie creepfest.” The film promises to be hauntingly powerful. In cinemas January 17th, rated R.

The Impossiblestars Naomi Watts and Ewin Macgregor in a heart-stopping thriller based on the 2004 Asian tsunami. The film has already received gracious amounts of Oscar buzz, and centers on the true story of a family caught up in a horrific natural disaster on their Christmas vacation. The New York Times says “The Impossible plunges the audience into the catastrophe and then immerses us in the panic, grief and disorientation of the aftermath.” Not one to miss. Out in cinemas January 17th, rated PG.

Sylvester Stallone is back in all his glory in the upcoming action thriller Bullet to the Head. Based on a graphic novel, the movie tells the story of two cops who join forces to take down the killers of their former partners. The Hollywood Reporter writes “like the amped up comeback tour of two rockers who had their heyday sometime in the mid-’80s, Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hilljoin forces for a hard-hitting exercise in beefy, brainless fun.” In cinemas on January 31st, rated M.

Our favourite hero John McLane is back again in his fourth die-hard installment entitled A Good Day to Die Hard.  Set in Russia, the typical drama ensues when McLane (Bruce Willis) must save his son from a terrorist scheme. Fans who thought the last chapter was too harmless will be pleased to hear the new movie has received an R rating due to heavy violence. Screenrant.com states that ‘there is reason to hope the franchise can return to its roots somewhat’. Yippe Ki-Yay Mother Russia. In cinemas February 7th, rated R.

The upcoming fairytale fantasy/adventure film Jack the Giant Slayeris a great pick to enjoy with your kids. When farmhand Jack accidently opens a gateway into a magical world full of deadly giants, he must battle to stop the creatures from reclaiming earth. An CGI 3D epic, screenrant.com calls it “an exciting and grand-scale modernized fable.” In cinemas on February 28th, rated PG.