Tonawanda News


December 10, 2009

MOVIES: Winter movie preview


January does, however, brings two relative heavyweights into the fold — Denzel Washington and Peter Jackson. Denzel stars as the title character in “The Book of Eli,” in which Eli roams a post-apocalyptic world guarding an important book.

Jackson helms “The Lovely Bones,” based on the 2002 Alice Sebold novel. The story involves a murdered young girl watching her family from the afterlife. Jackson has helmed numerous films heavy on special effects, including “King Kong” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, so it’ll be interesting to see how he films the ethereal.

With the exception of Mel Gibson’s “Edge of Darkness,” about a man who investigates the murder of his daughter, January finishes up with a few feel-good films.

Those include “Tooth Fairy,” the children’s movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “When in Rome,” a romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell and “Extraordinary Measures,” starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. “Measures” is the first movie produced by CBS Films.

February moviegoers may find themselves confused by “From Paris With Love,” which, despite its release month and title, is not a romantic comedy.

It’s an action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The next week delivers on expectations, however, with “Valentine’s Day.” It’s got a star-studded cast, the trailer doesn’t reveal any discernible plot — it seems like a fairly transparent attempt at drumming up box office numbers, but time will tell.

Fans of Harry Potter might be intrigued by another epic film based on a children’s book. “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” mixes modern-day America with Greek mythology.

Adults will likely be better off with “The Wolfman,” another classic fable retold with the likes of Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving.

“Shutter Island” looks like a fairly typical paranormal thriller — a disappearance and a mental hospital are involved — but the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio connection elevates expectations.

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