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“Sanctum” looks like a movie worth the price of 3D. No stars and a somewhat enticing plot could make for a great experience. Oh, and having James Cameron’s name in the trailer helps.
“The Roommate” could make a decent chunk of change since it has teen stars Aly Michalka, Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, and Cam Gigandet to its name. How good or thrilling it will be really can’t be deduced from the trailer – and maybe it’s not something I want to see heading off to college next year.
Thanks to a qualifying run, Halle Berry’s “Frankie & Alice” is eligible for 2010′s awards and has so far racked up a Golden Globe nomination. That’s been about it for the previous winner, and an Oscar nod doesn’t look likely. But if she does get it, there could be quite a few people flocking to this curious drama about a woman with multiple personality syndrome.
Speaking of Oscar nominations, Natalie Portman is almost certain to receive one for “Black Swan,” but her movies don’t stop there. In addition to “No Strings Attached” coming out in January, she has “The Other Woman,” a 2009 Toronto Film Festival hit, being released theatrically. (It’s also available on demand beginning in January.)
Also not likely to be hitting a theater near you: “Cold Weather,” a detective film that played 2010 SXSW, “Dressed,” a fashion documentary, and “Waiting for Forever,” a romance featuring Rachel Bilson.
Forget the birds in Arkansas falling. If you are looking for a sign of the apocalypse, look no further than “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” in pointless 3D (as if you needed any indication that Paramount is soaking the Bieber cow for all the money its worth). If it does well, you may find yourself with me wishing the apocalypse would come a little sooner.
“The Eagle” sure doesn’t look much better as it’s just wannabe “Gladiator” period action fading into white noise. Poor Channing Tatum managed to lose top billing to Jamie Bell in the trailer; maybe they chose only to advertise someone with acting skills. ”Gnomeo and Juliet” could be OK; at least we haven’t seen a million talking lawn gnome movies.
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston sure didn’t have a good 2010; his “Grown Ups” and her “The Bounty Hunter” both were critically reviewed terribly. So I guess when two fading stars cross each other’s paths, nothing good can come of it? Their collaboration on “Just Go With It” seems pretty contrived. I’ll see it, of course, in the hopes of finding a laugh or two. Maybe Nicole Kidman can save this, just hopefully not at the expense of her Oscar campaign.
On the indie side of things, “Cedar Rapids” sure looks promising. A fish-out-of-water comedy involving Ed Helms’ small-town boy getting into trouble in the booming metropolis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the movie seems like a perfect foil for Sandler’s comedy. With John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, and Rob Corddry on board, I’m really looking forward to this.
Thankfully for “Just Go With It,” there will probably be a much worse comedy released in February, and it comes dressed in drag and a fat suit. ”Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” is a sequel that no one wanted, and it quite frankly looks like something meant to go straight to DVD.
Meanwhile, “I Am Number Four” is so cryptic and based on such a strange premise that I have a hard time getting excited to see it. I’ll have to wait for audience and critical reactions before I can seriously consider shelling out my money for it. If it hits big, though, Alex Pettyfer could have a nice breakout 2011.
“Unknown,” a new Liam Neeson thriller, looks like something I’ve seen before. But at the same time, it looks thrilling and entertaining.
On the indie side of the coin, there’s “I Am” for all those who like Christian movies. The movie is about the true nature of God, something that could be quite powerful for many people of faith – as long as they can find a theater that will show the movie.
Or, who knows, “Hall Pass” could be the worst comedy of February! An Owen Wilson/Jason Sudeikis pairing seems inspired, but when they debate whether to pick up women at Applebee’s or Olive Garden, I’m worried that it’s going to be horrifically pathetic.
The enigma that is Nicolas Cage is back with “Drive Angry” as a dude who breaks out of hell. It’s stranger, though, than Julianne Moore’s venture back into horror with “Shelter,” a creepy sci-fi thriller with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers doing some weird stuff with his mouth.
There’s no trailer yet for “Of Gods and Men,” but it’s been a big fixture among critics groups as a pick for Best Foreign Language Film. I’d love to see some of it, but the clips are all in French.
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