Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Winter Movie Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Friday, 17 November 2006 21:24

Baby it’s Cold Outside

 

Deck the screens with films and previews! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!
Tis the season to write reviews! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!
Grab the popcorn, bars and candy! Fa-la-la-la-la-la, la-la-la!
Hope this preview comes in handy! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

Comedy:

 
The Holiday –
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes for Christmas to escape their problems. It’s a chick flick - definitely a chick flick… and on that note, I can’t wait to see it!
 
For Your Consideration –

Fans of Christopher Guest’s “mockumentary” films (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) will no doubt be looking forward to this one! It features Guest’s usual ensemble cast of Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge and many more talented comedians.
 
Music and Lyrics By –
Fresh from American Dreamz Hugh Grant plays another music industry mogul. This time he’s a washed up 80’s pop star that gets one last chance at a comeback. Trouble is he has to come up with a hit song in just a few days. Don’t worry Hugh, the cheese-ball ballads on American Idol are probably written during lunch break.
 

Family:

 
Deck the Halls –
Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito star as neighbors in a competition over Christmas decorating. “It’s beginning to look a lot like… a hundred other holiday movies”.
 
Charlotte’s Web –
One of the most beloved children’s stories of all time comes to the big screen in this adaptation. With big names like Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts and Oprah you can be sure this had a “pig” of a budget. I think we’re long overdue for some good quality children’s entertainment, and hopefully this will fit the bill.
 
Eragon –
Another book to film adaptation based on a book Christopher Paolini wrote when he was only 15 years old! It’s a great book and worth a read for fantasy lovers. Eragon is a boy who finds a dragon egg, which seals his fate in the fight between good and evil. I can’t wait to see the dragons on the big screen!
 
Night at the Museum –
Ben Stiller plays a guard at a museum where things get a little out of control. During the graveyard shift all of the exhibits come alive including a T-Rex skeleton, Gladiators, and Genghis Khan! Looks fun, but throw in a board game and you’ve got Jumanji.
 

Action:

 
Apocalypto –

The enigmatic preview gives away very little story, except to show that this is a historical epic about the Mayan Civilization. Will this film lose more of Mel’s millions? Or will it help cast a friendlier eye on a man whose career has taken a turn for the worst?
 
Pathfinder –
An historically misleading tale about a Viking boy who leads Native Americans in a battle against the Norsemen. This might fly under the radar like Beowulf did last year.
 

Drama:

 
Fast Food Nation –
Highly anticipated “fictional” critique of a famous fast food chain. Could be a nice Combo when paired with a side of Supersize Me and a Diet Coke.
 
Bobby –

This ensemble film explores the lives of hotel staff and guests as they prepare for a speech by President John Kennedy on the night of his assassination. Featuring a Hollywood whose-who including Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone and Elijah Wood. This looks like Oscar material.
 
The Nativity Story –
Exactly what it sounds like, and just in time for Christmas. The Nativity Story focuses on Mary and Joseph’s life as they travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Mary is played by Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider).
 
Blood Diamond –
After winning audiences over in The Departed, can Leonardo DiCaprio keep us under his spell? Judging by the preview, his terrible South African accent might be distracting in an otherwise serious film.
 
The Pursuit of Happyness –
Will Smith is a mustachioed father who refuses to let life’s hardships get him down. One of those feel-good, don’t forget the Kleenex movies.
 
Rocky Balboa –
Rocky decides that he has too many brain cells left and jumps back in the ring for another round. Call the geriatric ward and tell them to free up a bed.
 
Dreamgirls –

Modeled after 1960’s trio The Supremes, Dreamgirls tells the story of three singers called The Dreamettes. Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) begins to steel the spotlight and emotions run high. Also stars Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.
 
The Painted Veil –
A great cast round out this 1920’s love story. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts play a married couple in Shanghai whose bonds are tested when she falls in love with another man. I’m a sucker for a good love story, and Edward Norton.
 
Miss Potter –
Beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter (Rennée Zellweger) finally has her own tale told. The creator of Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten was an accomplished writer and illustrator who had an interesting life, complete with tragic romance.
 

Horror / Thriller:

 
Déja Vu –
Oddly enough, Déja Vu is giving me déja vu! A man must relive a period of time to prevent the woman he loves from being murdered. This looks very similar to the new TV series Day Break about the same scenario!
 
The Good German –
The poster for this movie is very cool, with definite Casablanca inspiration. Besides George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire, this movie has the added attraction of crisp black and white filming.
 
Children of Men –
What would happen if humans lost the ability to reproduce? With the increased amount of Cesarean Sections, hormonal imbalances and experiments in cloning, this might not be such a crazy question! This science-fiction film explores a future in which one woman holds the future of mankind in her womb.

Turistas –
A group of teens find themselves stranded in a foreign country after their passports are stolen. Little do they know they are about to become an experiment in torture. Hmmm… sounds a bit familiar. As if Hostel wasn’t enough.

Pans Labrynth –
I doubt this will get a wide release, but after watching the trailer on Apple.com I had to include it here! This incredible looking gothic fairy-tale by Guillermo Del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone) makes me wish I made movies.


 
These are just a sampling of the films ready to hit theatres this winter! I hope you find the time to bundle up and brave the flurries for some great entertainment.