Weekend Openings: 1/25/2013

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The winter freeze of new releases continues with this week’s cool additions of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker, and Movie 43.  Having been proven wrong last week about Mama overtaking Zero Dark Thirty, perhaps the reinvented fairy tale or Jason Statham’s latest one-word-titled thriller stand a good chance at reaping in some viewership.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Horror
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel have grown up to become bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world, but their encounter with a new kind of evil may hold secrets to their past.

Parker
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis

After he’s double-crossed and left for dead by his crew, a thief assumes a new disguise and plans to claim the score from the mutinous crew’s latest heist with help from a woman on the inside.

Movie 43
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Director: Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, Steven Brill, 9 more credits
Starring: Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Dennis Quaid

A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.

John Dies at the End
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Horror
Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring:  Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti

Two college dropouts try to save the world from the inhuman side effects of a new street drug that sends people across time and dimensions.

Knife Fight
Language: English
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama
Director: Bill Guttentag
Starring: Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen

A political strategist contemplates quitting as the ugly nature of his work begins to take a toll on him.

Happy People: A Year in the Tiaga
Language: English/Russian
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog
Starring: Werner Herzog

A documentary on the village of 300 indigenous people in Bakhtia, the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily routines have barely changed over the last century and the people live according to their own values and cultural traditions.

Yossi
Language: Hebrew
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: Eytan Fox
Starring: Ohad Knoller, Shlomo Sadan, Oz Zehavi

Ten years after the death of his lover, Jagger, Yossi’s grief lingers but  romantic feelings are reignited by a young soldier he encounters.

What will you be seeing this weekend?