The Oscar race is heating up and these films may be late to the gate but they are definitely not lagging behind. It may be awards season, but it is also holiday season, and the family-friendly film is well represented.
Darren Aronofsky’s visually stunning film about rival dancers in the New York City Ballet has Natalie Portman as the season prima, struggling to find her dark side in order to successfully dance the lead in Swan Lake. Mila Kunis plays her manipulative rival.
The Warrior’s Way
Billed as a modern martial arts western, the film stars Jang Dong-gun as an Asian assassin forced to hide in the American badlands. The film also stars Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush. I have to say the genre mash-up is interesting. It could be the next big trend in Hollywood. Imagine the possibilities.
If you aren’t familiar with this film, welcome back from your vacation on the moon. Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist who catches the eye of a beautiful stranger (Angelina Jolie) and soon finds himself caught in a web of intrigue. I love a good web of intrigue—a web of intrigue and romance is even better.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I have to say I have never been a fan of Mark Wahlberg. I thought his Oscar-nominated performance in The Departed was the most over-rated bit of acting since Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. This, however, may be the role he was born to play. It is the docu-drama story of real life light-weight fighter ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward. Christian Bale is also garnering Oscar buzz for his more complex performance as Mickey’s troubled brother.
How Do You Know
Two words: James Brooks. He has written, produced and/or directed films including As Good As It Gets, Big and Broadcast News. Here Brooks lends his directing talent to an ensemble comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. And no, I’m almost certain Jack is not one of the men vying for Reese’s affection.
And for those 40-year-old men who leave their parents’ basement once a year for Comicon…This is, among sci-fi enthusiasts, the most hotly awaited sequel since The Wrath of Khan. The toast of Hollywood, Jeff Bridges reprises his role as a hacker fighting gladiatorial virtual battles. Alrighty then…
This film is shaping up to be the holiday release of the season. Jack Black stars as Gulliver, and his travels are filled with colorful encounters. The rest of the fabulous cast includes Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Emily Blunt and Billy Connolly.
Yes, they did. I don’t wish to discuss it.