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1st Quarter Wide Release Preview 2011

One of the things I loved about working at a theatre as a teenager was how easy it was to keep up with the current film release schedule. Aside from popping into auditoriums at the start of each showing to check out bad-ass trailers, my favorite past-time was reading Cinescape magazine's seasonal film previews. Looking back it still surprises me how amped I'd get for a movie based solely on Cinescape's miserly offering of a single image, a two-sentence synopsis and a limited amount of production info. In honor of the seasonal preview here's my first stab at a film release schedule, one quarter at a time. Each movie is linked to its trailer, so if you're unsure about a flick simply click on its movie title to get a vid.
 
January through March is one of the slowest times of the year for theatre traffic, but luckily Legendary Pictures and Zack Snyder put March back on the box office map with the 2006 debut of 300. This year is no different with the late March release of Sucker Punch, in my opinion the first big fanboy release of the year (prove me wrong Green Hornet).
 
Nicolas Cage is also busy acting his way out of debt in early 2011, releasing the already debuted Season of the Witch and late February's Drive Angry, the latter of which should hopefully add more fodder to Cage's "losing his shit" youtube compilation. The first quarter of the year also shows just how far Channing Tatum has come from his Step Up roots, boasting a role in the Vince Vaughn-headlined The Dilemma and a lead in the intriguing, mid-February Roman flick The Eagle.
 
Other soon-to-be-released action features include Jason Statham's The Mechanic, Disney's I am Number Four and Liam Neeson's new international suspense thriller Unknown. Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson's Hall Pass highlights a healthy selection of romantic comedies, rounded out by Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher's No Strings Attached and the retro-cute Take Me Home Tonight starring Anna Farris and Topher Grace. A refreshing rotation of international film is also coming our way March 18th courtesy of Sony Picture Classics with the domestic release of Winter in Wartime, a Dutch picture on the 2010 shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.
 
 
January
 
Title
Release Date
Distributor
January 7, 2011
Sony / Screen Gems
January 7, 2011
Relativity Media
January 14, 2011
Universal
January 14, 2011
Sony Pictures
January 14, 2011
Lionsgate
January 21, 2011
Paramount Pictures
January 21, 2011
Newmarket Films
January 28, 2011
Lionsgate
January 28, 2011
CBS Films
January 28, 2011
Warner Brothers
 
 
February
 
Title
Release Date
Distributor
February 4, 2011
Sony / Screen Gems
February 4, 2011
Universal
February 11, 2011
Focus Features
February 11, 2011
Miramax
February 11, 2011
Sony / Columbia
February 11, 2011
Paramount Pictures
February 18, 2011
20th Century Fox
February 18, 2011
Walt Disney Pictures
February 18, 2011
Warner Brothers
February 25, 2011
Summit Entertainment
February 25, 2011
New Line
 
 
March
 
Title
Release Date
Distributor
March 4, 2011
Universal
March 4, 2011
Overture Films
March 4, 2011
Paramount Pictures
March 11, 2011
Sony / Columbia
Beautiful Girl
March 11, 2011
Sony / Screen Gems
March 11, 2011
Walt Disney Pictures
March 11, 2011
Warner Brothers
March 18, 2011
CBS Films
March 18, 2011
Relativity Media
March 18, 2011
Lionsgate
March 18, 2011
Universal
March 18, 2011
Sony Picture Classics
March 25, 2011
20th Century Fox
March 25, 2011
Animated Family Films
March 25, 2011
Warner Brothers
 
 
The best trailer of the quarter without a doubt goes to Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles, an alien invasion flick that's following in the same gritty, POV-driven vein as Cloverfield and District 9. Tight editing and a mesmerizing feature track by Johann Johannsson push this trailer above and beyond its quarterly competition; if you haven't seen it yet, enjoy.
 
 
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Crux
Crux    Jan 20 2011 7:15pm
Red Riding Hood has a new trailer out and it makes the movie look much better. Could do decent in the Box Office if it gets the 'tween crowd like Twilight.

Here's the new trailer -> http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/redridinghood/
Patrick Ferrara
Patrick Ferrara    Jan 20 2011 7:55pm
Thx Crux I'll update my hyperlink and check it out