Weekend Movie Preview: January 25, 2013

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There is something for everyone with this edition of the Weekend Movie Preview. Halle Berry leads an all-star cast in the comedy Movie 43, Jeremy Renner battles the supernatural in the fantasy actioner Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jason Statham tackles the literary action hero Parker.

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters: What will likely be the top film at this weekend's box office, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters features Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular fairy tale characters that have grown up and become... you guessed it -- witch hunters. As we state in our Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters review, the pairing of the lead actors is the best part of the movie. Paramount hopes the film could become a franchise and we honestly do too, simply because we'd like a little better story for the two stars next time around.

Parker: Statham tackles what he hopes is his third franchise after Crank and the Transporter series with Parker. The crook with a code of conduct has enthralled readers for 24 books with Donald Westlake's series. In the hands of Oscar-nominated director Taylor Hackford, the Statham action movie actually feels more like a character-driven piece than your usual action fare. For more, check out my Parker review.

Movie 43: In a rare move for a comedy with so much buzz, the studio behind Movie 43 did not screen it for critics. But, judging by our Peter Farrelly exclusive interview, this is a flick in the vein of Kentucky Fried Movie. Movie Fanatic will check out the film this afternoon and bring you our review soon after! For now, check out the all-star cast in this ridiculously funny trailer.

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