Marley & Me
Release Date: Dec. 25
Director: David Frankel
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin, Kathleen Turner
Owen Wilson is a likable enough. Ditto Jennifer Aniston. And who doesn't love cute, adorable, mischievous little puppies? That's right: everyone. But based on what's shown in the trailer, Marley & Me doesn't seem to have a story to sustain an entire movie. The film's based on John Grogan's bestselling book of the same name, so perhaps there's hidden depth somewhere. As it stands, this movie just looks like a dog. (Zing!)
Release Date: March 13
Director: Christine Jeffs
Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin
"You are strong. You are powerful. You can do anything," Adams tells herself in this new indie comedy. She might as well be describing herself—Adams has quickly emerged as one of the industry's best. While the blatant advertising-by-association with Little Miss Sunshine was a bit tactless, Sunshine Cleaning seems to strike a delicate balance between quirky comedy and real heartbreak. The tragic comedy, about sisters who start a crime scene clean-up service, co-stars the up-and-comer Emily Blunt. Adams and Blunt in the same movie? Yes, please.
Release Date: Dec. 25
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand
Bedtime Stories opens the same day as Marley & Me, competing for the ever-coveted Yuletide box office crown. Sandler has found himself yet another high-concept comedy (surprise, surprise), this one about how the stories his niece and nephew tell magically spring to life. The film finds Sandler traveling to ancient Rome, outer space, and the old west through some rather unimpressive special effects. You want our advice? Come Christmas time, if you're looking for some wholesome family entertainment, skip Marley and Bedtime both and head for The Tale of Despereaux instead (based on trailers alone, of course.)
Release Date: Jan. 9
Director: Gary Winick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Candice Bergen
It was widely circulated Eddie Murphy lost the Academy Award to Alan Arkin partly because Norbit was released during campaign season. Could Bride Wars
be Hathaway's Norbit? The star's been earning raves for Rachel Getting
Married, but for some unknown reason has decided to follow it up with this (seemingly) lifeless and laughless comedy that recycles clichés and jokes we've seen a hundred times before. Hudson squandered all of her post-Almost Famous potential with her terrible taste in scripts. Let's hope the talented Hathaway doesn't follow the same path.
Release Date: Feb. 6
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle
Did someone make a big-screen version of Heroes without telling us? Evans makes object levitate. Belle controls people's minds. Fanning sees the future. Hounsou can make his eyes turn black. You know, NBC just might have a potential lawsuit on its hands. Beyond that, Push looks to oscillate between pure stupidity and unintentional humor. And this glut of people-with-superhuman-powers movies is more than a little passé.