Winter movie guide: Sci-fi, horror and action

Dan Yeager is Leatherface in “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

Despite being the season for high-concept movies, the horror and action genres have plenty to offer this winter.

Sci-fi/Horror

‘The Collection’

Nov. 30 — As a sequel to “The Collector,” this film’s psychopathic killer’s only survivor is hired to rescue a young woman who is set to become the latest member of the collection.

‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’
Jan. 4 — It’s yet another remake of the classic horror flick, but this time the story follows a young woman who journeys to Texas to gather her inheritance, which happens to be in the home of Leatherface.

‘Storage 24′
Jan. 11 — A former couple goes to a storage warehouse to divide their belongings with friends but become trapped when the power dies. In a typical twist, they soon realize they’re not alone — they’re being stalked by a mysterious predator.
 
‘Mama’
Jan. 18 — Annabel and Lucas, a young couple, must raise his two young nieces after being left to fend for themselves by their late parents. They soon discover the girls’ dark past, which includes a relentless spirit called “Mama.”
 
‘The Last Exorcism 2: The Beginning of the End’

March 1 — If you can get past the film’s misleading predecessor, the sequel picks up somewhere down the track as Nell Sweetzer attempts to move on from the past, but is confronted by the sinister force that previously possessed her.

Action

‘Gangster Squad’
Jan. 11– If Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren’t enough to get you interested, this film looks set to be one of the best winter releases. The action flick follows the LAPD’s struggle with the East Coast Mafia during the ’40s and ’50s.

‘Parker’
Jan. 25 — Jason Statham steps back into his signature role as an action hero, but this time he plays a thief who forms an alliance with an unlikely friend (Jennifer Lopez) to get revenge on his gang.

‘Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters’

Jan. 25 — The name pretty much sums it up — a modern take on the classic fairy tale in which we see Hansel and Gretel on a pursuit for vengeance against the witches who tortured them as children.

‘Jack Reacher’
Dec. 21
In this adaptation of the Lee Child crime series, Tom Cruise plays a ex-military homicide investigator who steps in to solve a case in which a trained sniper is accused of killing five random innocents.


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