Saturday, 26 September 2020
2009 Winter Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 05 January 2009 10:52

Are you tired of fighting your way through the crowds of shoppers, or wondering just how much more of that white stuff is going to fall? Why not get in a little relaxation during the nastiest time of year and check out one of the upcoming movies!

January 2009

Revolutionary Road – January 9 - With the reuniting of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, it’s sure that sparks and talent will fly throughout this heavy drama about a couple who want nothing more than to rebel against the American Dream. I’m sure this will be the first Oscar bait of the new year.

Defiance – January 9 - Daniel Craig sheds his dapper Bond exterior for battle gear as he attempts to save the lives of hundreds. Craig plays one of three brothers willing to risk their lives and fight for the freedom of Jewish people in Eastern Europe.

Bride Wars – January 9 - Comedic talent abounds in the pairing of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. Hudson has had her share of dud scripts since her stellar debut in Almost Famous, but remains a mainstay in romantic comedies. Hathaway is just now starting to prove her staying power as a gifted dramatic actress as well as a great comedienne. This one will likely make big Box Office bucks!

Inkheart – January 9 - The latest best-selling children’s book to be translated to film, Inkheart tells the story of a father and daughter who magically bring storybook characters to life. But some things should stay between the covers and they wind up using every trick in the – ahem – book to set things right. This fantasy adventure should be a great family film.

Hotel for Dogs – January 16 - Well, not much else to say really. The title pretty much says it all. No doubt kids will be clamouring to watch the various breeds of playful pooches yapping it up in an abandoned hotel.

Taken – January 23 - Another exceptionally unoriginal title is bestowed upon this film, but the talent behind the unmemorable name is remarkable. The movie stars Liam Neeson as a father whose daughter has been kidnapped by slave traders. Famke Janssen also stars and Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) directs.

Last Chance Harvey – January 23 - Dustin Hoffman makes a return to the screen as a man whose run of bad luck coincidentally leads him to find love again with Emma Thompson after a delayed flight. This winter romance should hopefully be better than the awkward Nights in Rodanthe.

The Uninvited - January 30 - A Tale of Two Sisters was a masterpiece of Korean horror-film making and it’s hard to imagine an American remake coming close to the sheer creepiness and oddness of the original. I’m looking forward to seeing how this ghost story is treated though.

New In Town – January 30 - Rennée Zellweger stars as a big city executive who gets relocated to a small town in Minnesota. With Harry Connick Jr. as her romantic lead, Renée can do no wrong when it comes to people pleasing. Looks like an enjoyable piece of fluff.

February 2009

Coraline – February 6 - This is one of my most anticipated films of the new year, especially since it will also be offered in digital 3D! It’s a darkly original-looking animated film about a little girl who discovers a secret door to a parallel world. Based on the best-selling children’s book and starring the voice of Dakota Fanning.

He’s Just Not That Into You – February 6 - I don’t think this film will need much publicity to get tongues wagging! The cast alone is a Hollywood who’s-who with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson and many, many more! Plus it’s based on a best-selling book about modern relationships.

Confessions of a Shopaholic – February 6 - Another best-seller hits the big screen, this one about a woman who is born to shop. Perhaps the perfect way to end your day in the "Shopping Hub" of New Brunswick. Isla Fisher (best known as Mrs. Borat and the ‘crazy one’ in Wedding Crashers) is a charmer, so it will be nice to see her in a starring role.

The Road – February 20 - The Road is post-apocalyptic thriller with some big talent in the form of Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron. No luck finding a trailer on the net, but I’m betting site unseen that it will be good.

Sci-Fi Movie – February 20 - Yet another mindless spoof from the people who brought you - and keep bringing you - over, and over, and over. . .Scary Movie. I’m sure this one will have many groan-worthy moments to make you wonder why you paid so much in admission just to watch someone throw up or use the toilet.

Assassination of a High School President – February 27 - This movie turned heads at the Sundance Festival which makes me curious although I’m completely immune to Mischa Barton’s charms. I think she’s a terrible actress, but perhaps she’ll prove me wrong in this dark comedy with Bruce Willis.

It’s always exciting to see what the new year has in store for those dark and dreary winter months. Have a great time!