Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spring Preview

It's that time of year again. We're coming out of the Awards Season's runoff, and it's nearly time for some good movies to come to a theater near you. Here are a few I don't plan on missing. I'm sure there are more, but there's just so much typing one person wants to do in a sitting.

The Other Boleyn Girl (February 29)
The cast alone is phenomenal--Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. The story seems riveting as well. Two sisters fighting for the affections of the handsomest King Henry VIII I've ever seen? Yeah, I'm game.

Married Life (March 7)
Another incredible cast draws me to this movie--Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan (I'm talking about his work in The Matador, not Bond films.), Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams. Then I saw the trailer, and I was hooked.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
(March 7)
Frances McDormand plays Miss Pettigrew, a homely woman who finds herself working for a far-from-homely actress (Amy Adams). There are no naked dancers, but everytime I see an ad for this movie, I can't help but think of Mrs. Henderson Presents. I absolutely loved that movie! This should be a movie-going rule: if a movie reminds you of another movie you loved, see it.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (March 14)
A cast full of extraordinarily funny people voicing characters from one of my favorite childhood books. That's all that needs to be said.

Leatherheads (April 4)
I love a good period piece. I love a good screwball comedy even more, and I always enjoy sports movies. I do think that George Clooney is overrated, but I'm going to see this anyway.

Smart People (April 11)
Juno's brilliant Ellen Page co-stars as the teenage daughter of Dennis Quaid, a college professor who begins dating a former student (Sarah Jessica Parker). Thomas Haden Church plays Quaid's not-as-smart brother. Family craziness ensues. It's a little Squid and the Whale without all the evil resentment.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (April 25)
What can I say? Seeing Neil Patrick Harris on a unicorn got to me. I'm sure if I miss this in theatres, I won't be upset. It's probably a better video movie anyway.

Baby Mama (April 25)
Most people would just write this one off as another stupid comedy, but I think Tina Fey is extremely talented. (Did you see Mean Girls? No? Rent it now.) She's not listed as a writer, but I'm sure she threw her two cents in every once in awhile. I'm sure there will be many comparisons to last year's Knocked Up. I don't think it will equal it in comedy or wit, but I don't doubt I will laugh my ass off just the same.

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