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The Tangential Thinker

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:51 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

It may not officially be spring yet, but the weather thinks it’s spring and so does the cineplex. Awards season is over, and now it’s time to kick back with a trough of popcorn and a bucket of soda and watch some stuff blow up. An ongoing theme in this spring’s movie releases seems to be changing the course of fate/stopping the dominoes from falling…hmmm.

MARCH

Beastly

    This is what looks to be a very clever updating of the Beauty and the Beast story. Here a cruel high school bully is cursed with a tattooed deformity until he can make someone love him for his inner beauty. Subbing for an isolated castle in the woods is a Brooklyn walk-up, and the beauty this time is Vanessa Hudgens. (Mar. 4)

The Adjustment Bureau

    Matt Damon stars as an aspiring politician who falls for a beautiful ballerina (Emily Blunt) who, according to the mysterious agents of fate, he never should have met. If he stays with her, both of their futures will be devastatingly altered. So it’s up to the pair to discover if love can conquer all. (Mar. 4)

Battle: Los Angeles

    Quick question: Why are the aliens always more advanced than we are? Just once I’d like us to happen upon a race of aliens that are simple folk. You know, like Amish aliens. Alas, that is not the case here. Vastly superior aliens invade, and are apparently in search of beachfront property. (Mar. 11)

Limitless

    Bradley Cooper stars as an uninspired novelist with writer’s block. When a friend gives him an experimental designer drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain capacity, everything changes. He turns into a phenom capable of accomplishing anything. His meteoric rise does not go unnoticed: A financial titan (Robert de Niro) wants to exploit his abilities, while others will do anything to get their hands on the drug. (Mar. 18)

The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey stars as an amoral L.A. attorney who defends petty drug dealers and thugs, and operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental. When he lands a high-profile case defending a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe) in a murder trial, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. Nothing could be further from the truth as what appeared to be a straightforward case turns into a complex web of lies. (Mar. 18)

Source Code

    If I had all day and the entire paper, I still might have trouble explaining this plot. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier, Colter Stevens, working on a super-secret project where subjects are able to enter the body of another person for the last eight minutes of their lives. In this case, Colter is entering the body of a man on a Chicago commuter train that is about to blow up. Colter must go back again and again, each time gathering clues about the bomb and the bomber. Oh, and with the few spare minutes, he has he manages to make some time with an attractive passenger. Yes, there are some glaring questions. (Apr. 1)

Arthur

    Don’t even get me started. The original is one of the funniest movies ever made. However, playing devil’s advocate for a moment, they did do some very smart things with the remake. Russell Brand will attempt to fill Dudley Moore’s shoes. Knowing no man could ever top Sir John Gielgud’s hysterical and moving performance as the butler Hobson, they cast Helen Mirren in the role. Next, they amped up the role of the arranged bride Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), a comedy source untapped in the original. Finally, the inspired casting of Nick Nolte as Susan’s deranged father Burt should be very entertaining. (Apr. 8)

Your Highness

    If Natalie Portman hasn’t fired her agent yet, it won’t be long now. First, the pedestrian sex romp, No Strings Attached, then the overblown, super-hero action flick Thor, and now this. And what is this, you ask? Let’s just say it can only be described as a medieval stoner comedy. Ugh. (Apr. 8)

Scream 4

    I think the words you are looking for are, “So, anyway…” (Apr. 15)

Water for Elephants

    The fabulous best-selling novel promises to be equally compelling on the big screen. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star as a circus performer and a veterinarian brought together by their compassion for a circus elephant. This one is just a good old-fashioned against-all-odds love story. (Apr. 22)

The Beaver

    So many thoughts come to mind. This Jody Foster-directed film is touted as her buddy Mel Gibson’s big comeback. Here, the two star as an estranged married couple. The husband suffers from depression and can’t seem to get his life together until a strange beaver hand puppet comes into the picture. (May 20)

Something Borrowed

    The thing about A Midsummer Night’s Dream-type romantic comedy—where no one is with the person they are supposed to be with—is that the casting needs to be perfect. This movie may have done it. Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) loves Dex (Colin Egglesfield) who is engaged to Darcy (Kate Hudson), who is also Rachel’s best friend. Throw in John Krasinski and an ill-timed one night stand and let the hijinks begin. (May 6)

Thor

    See the comments under Your Highness, above. (May 6)

Bridesmaids

    Saturday Night Live’s current golden girl, Kristen Wiig, is trying her hand at screenwriting. This is a comedy about an awkward, down-and-out woman who is serving as her best friend’s maid of honor. Together with a ragtag group of bridesmaids they go on a raucous adventure. It sounds mad cap. It sounds zany. It sounds atrocious. (May 13)

The Hangover II

    The bar is set high after the boys’ Vegas adventure. The gang is all back for Part II, and this time, they are headed to Bangkok for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. To avoid the Vegas craziness, Stu plans a pre-wedding brunch for his bachelor party. Hmmm, I wonder if the guys have something else in mind… (May 26)  LN

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