Dredd – Judge Dredd (1995) was a poor adaptation of the comic-book character, featuring Sylvester Stallone. This reboot wants to be better, but the trailer looks like another chapter of the Underworld franchise or some similar second-rate series. Not promising. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby in the leads. U.S. premiere: September 21.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy’s novel has been adapted many times, most notably in 1935 and 1948. This time, director Joe Wright (who made the wonderful Atonement), will apparently make a visually more ambitious version. That’s certainly what this trailer delivers, painting its stars (Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson) in chilling colors. U.S. premiere: November 9.
Monsters University – This sequel to one of Pixar’s early hits, Monsters, Inc. (2001), is actually a prequel as it takes us back to the days of Mike and Sulley in their college days when they were learning how to become the best in the monsters business. Brave may rule the box office for now but this is Pixar’s next project, directed by Dan Scanlon who’s the most recent talent in the company being elevated to director status. Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles as Mike and Sulley. U.S. premiere: June 21, 2013.
Django Unchained – It is impossible to resist this trailer. Quentin Tarantino’s next movie is a Western that was allegedly inspired by a slew of movies made in the 1960s and ’70s, the first one starring Franco Nero (who might just have a cameo in this one). The story follows a recently freed slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), and the dentist and bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who gives him a mission. Take a look at this trailer and ask yourself if watching Foxx, Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio having fun in Tarantino’s company is not everything you’d want for Christmas. U.S. premiere: December 25.