Upcoming movies offer action, horror, comedy options

Jansen Hess, Caroline Meinzenbach, Sports Editor, Opinion Editor

Mama (Jan. 18)  — Five years ago, sisters Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse)  and Victoria ( Megan Charpentier) lived a normal life in a nice neighborhood — until they disappeared. Ever since, their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) have been searching high and low for the girls. They miraculously found them alive in an abandoned cabin in the forest. I know what you’re thinking: What happened to them? Other questions haunt Annabel has she tries to uncover the truth behind the girls’ past while also trying to civilize them. Annabel soon comes to realize that there is a strange, evil presence in her house that is communicating with the girls. I’m assuming the spirit is the girls’ real mother and she doesn’t enjoy being replaced by Annabel. She torments the whole house in what seems to be a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This seems to be the quality horror movie we’ve all been waiting for.

Stoker (Feb. 28) — When India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) died in a car accident, she and her mother Evie (Nicole Kidman) became extremely unstable. When suddenly India’s uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) shows up at their house. Before her father’s death, India never knew he existed. Despite that fact, she feels as though Charlie is helping the healing process by filling the emptiness left by her father. Doesn’t seem like much of a horror movie yet, does it? Well, Charlie seems to have other motives keeping him there. Despite these ulterior motives, India still finds him to be the father-figure that she’s missing in her life. I know what you’re thinking: it’s weird. Due to the complexity of the storyline and all of the subplots it involves, it is very difficult to put into words, so watch the movie for a better feel.

Side Effects (Feb. 8) — That’s right ladies, Channing Tatum stars in another movie. But this time, it’s a psychological thriller. Martin Taylor (Tatum) and his wife Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) go through a life changing experience due to Emily’s anxiety. At first, the pill seems to be working for Emily just fine. She and Martin go back to a normal lifestyle. Unfortunately, Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) didn’t predict the side effects that the medication, Ablixa, entailed. This throws their lives through a loop — someone is even murdered. There’s no telling what side effects you’ll have after seeing this movie.

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”
Friday, Jan. 25
Rated PG-13
This movie is a modern twist on the old fairy tale where the two siblings [Jeremy Renenr and  Gemma Arterton] find themselves trapped by the evil witch who tries to bake them in the oven. Now they are all grown up and getting their revenge by becoming bounty hunters chasing down the rest of the witches. While on this adventure, the two end up finding a new evil that might lead to the secrets of their past encounter with the witches.

“A Haunted House”
Friday, Jan. 11
Rated R
Newlyweds Malcolm and Kisha [Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins] move into a new house only to discover Kisha is possessed with spirits. Malcolm tries to help her by hiring priests and ghostbusters not for the sake of his wife, but his own sex life. If you’re looking for something scary, this isn’t it. It’s a parody of the “Paranormal Activity” movies so expect humor instead of horror. Actor and writer Marlon Wayans is also known for “White Chicks” and “Scary Movies 1 & 2.”

Friday, Jan. 25
Rated R
“Parker” is about a professional thief [Jason Statham] who doesn’t steal from the poor and doesn’t hurt innocent people. His crew double crosses him and leaves him for dead. To get revenge, he is chasing them down and meets Leslie [Jennifer Lopez], an intelligent but broke partner with the inside scoop on the crew’s latest heist. Together they work to try and take their enemies down and get away clean.