Opening this week:
The Book of Eli: Denzel Washington roams the Road Warrior-like wasteland carrying a book that may be the key to man's salvation. Gary Oldman co-stars and the Hughes Brothers direct this futuristic actioner.
The Spy Next Door: Jackie Chan round house kicks his relevance again as a CIA spy who decides to settle down with his girlfriend, only to find even more daunting foes when he has to babysit three rambunctious kids. Hilarity ensues. Billy Ray Cyrus co-stars.
2012: Predicted by the Mayan calendar, the world comes to an end through apocalyptic events, and the few remaining humans must fight for survival.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel: Jason Lee, Justin Long and David Cross sell their souls. Alvin and his brothers head to school and in the process meet up with arch-singing rival the Chipettes. Fun and squeaking ensue from there.
Avatar: James Cameron's mega-budget, sci-fi, action blockbuster blasts into 3D life after more than a decade in the making. Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver star as space marines on a mission to Pandora, an alien planet that holds dark secrets.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans-Nicholas Cage ramps up the crazy as a cop on the edge in director Werner Herzog's gritty crime drama. Eva Mendes co-stars.
The Blind Side: Inspiring true story of American footballer Michael Oher, who is adopted from a broken home by an upper-middle class family who teach him a love for the game. Sandra Bullock stars.
Daybreakers: Ethan Hawke stars in this apocalyptic vampire tale that tells of a future where the few remaining humans are farmed for blood. Willem Dafoe co-stars. Kinda sick of vampires but the trailers have been not bad.
Did You Hear About The Morgans?: Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are an estranged New York couple who are forced to enter a witness relocation program and move to Wyoming after witnessing a murder. Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics) directs.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Director Terry Gilliam brings his singular vision to the screen in this Faustian tale of a traveling circus and its mystical magic mirror. Heath Ledger's last film role.
Invictus: Clint Eastwood directs the true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to unite the country.
Eastwood regular Morgan Freeman stars as Mandela, with Matt Damon supporting.
It's Complicated: Meryl Streep learns love can come full circle in writer/director Nancy Meyers comedy about love being... complicated. Presumably. Alec Baldwin will probably be fun to watch, though if you've seen the trailer you've seen the movie.
Leap Year: We've seen this story a thousand times. Put a no-nonsense, sort of spoiled woman in unfriendly environs. Have her meet a laid-back, lacking ambition kind of guy. Put the two in a car together so they are forced to interact with each other and an assortment of crusty eccentrics they encounter on the road. Sound familiar?
Nine: A legendary film director's life is thrown into turmoil in director Rob Marshall's adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical. Daniel Day-Lewis stars.
Old Dogs: Director Walt Becker cashes in on the baffling popularity of 2007's Wild Hogs with a not dissimilarly named sequel that won't confuse fans. Travolta returns, and Tim Allen is replaced by Robin Williams. It's also Bernie Mac's final role, sadly.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire: One of the best films of the year is not based on a true story, though it might as well be. Stunning performances from Mo'nique and Gabourey Sidibe combined with Lee Daniels' honest direction make this a must see.
The Princess and the Frog: Wishing upon a star, earns Tiana, a waitress dreaming of having a restaurant, a visit from a frog that claims to be Prince Naveen. After her initial freak out at the concept of talking wildlife, the frog convinces Tiana to kiss him, so that he might return to human form. Things don't quite go as planned and anthropomorphic hi-jinks set to musical merriment ensue.
Sherlock Holmes: Director Guy Ritchie breathes life back into the oft-told tales of Detective Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law play the iconic duo. It can't not be fun.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The next installment in the uber-popular teen vampire franchise finds Edward and Bella separated as he tries to protect her from the dangers of the supernatural. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson return.
Up in the Air: George Clooney stars as a corporate downsizer who's coming close to reaching an enormous amount of flyer miles and meets the woman of his cloudy dreams.
Youth in Revolt: Micheal Cera stars in this raunchy coming-of-age comedy based on the book by C.D. Payne. Steve Buscemi, Justin Long and Zack Galifianakis co-star.
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