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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening December 17, 2010
BIG BUDGET FILMS
How Do You Know? (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Three-time Academy Award-winner James L. Brooks directs this romantic comedy in which a free-spirited 27 year-old (Reese Witherspoon) lands in a love triangle where she has troubled deciding between a major league baseball player (Owen Wilson) and a corporate executive (Paul Rudd) who’s just lost his job. And featuring another triple Oscar-winner in Jack Nicholson.
Tron: Legacy (PG for action violence and mild epithets) Sci-fi sequel finds the tech-savvy son (Garrett Hedlund) of a missing video game developer (Jeff Bridges) pulled into a parallel, cyber universe where he searches for his father with the help of a fearless warrior (Olivia Wilde). Support cast includes Yaya DaCosta, Bruce Boxleitner and Michael Sheen.
Yogi Bear (PG for mild rude humor) Combination live action/CGI adventure finds “smarter than the average bear” Yogi (Dan Ackroyd ) and sidekick Boo-Boo (Justin Timberlake) joining forces with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to save Jellystone Park from greedy developers. With Anna Faris, Christine Taylor and T.J. Miller.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
And Soon the Darkness (R for violence and torture) Remake of the 1970 thriller about a couple of young Americans (Amber Heard and Odette Yustman) whose exotic vacation in a remote region of Argentina turns nightmarish when one of them becomes the latest victim in a string of kidnappings targeting female tourists. With Karl Urban, Adriana Barraza and Gia Mantegna.
Casino Jack (R for violence, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey plays the title character in this political comedy revisiting the scandal which ruined the career of Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful DC lobbyist convicted of fraud, conspiracy, tax evasion and influence peddling. Cast includes Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz and Kelly Preston.
Frankie & Alice (Unrated) Oscar-winner Halle Berry stars in this psychological drama about a disturbed black woman’s struggle to get control over her multiple personalities, including a racist, self-hating alter ego. Supporting cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Stellan Skarsgard and Chandra Wilson.
Rabbit Hole (PG-13 for profanity, drug use and mature themes) Relationship crisis drama about a grieving couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) whose world comes apart at the seams in the wake of the car accident which claimed the life of their son (Phoenix List). With Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito and two-time Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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