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Winter Movie Season: December 2010

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Winter is almost upon us and the holiday season approaches. So what films will light up the holiday season? The month kicks off with Natalie Portman starring in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”, where dance can take a dark turn.

Mid-month is when some of the bigger movie releases are going to emerge. The third installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” takes flight. Academy Award winner, Helen Mirren, stars in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” while Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in the thriller “The Tourist”.

Getting a head start over the Christmas Day movie releases we have Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” (in 3D) which is sure to be a big hit, the movie adaptation of the popular cartoon Yogi Bear, and the rom com “How Do You Know” starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and funny men, Owen Wilson (“Wedding Crashers”) and Paul Rudd (“I Love You, Man”). As for the Christmas releases we have the latest film with the Fockers, “Little Fockers”, the new adaptation of “Gulliver’s Travels” starring Jack Black (“School of Rock”), and the Coen Brothers’s “True Grit”. Also Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow stars in “Country Strong”, which opens as a limited release but will expand in January 2011. The film has also been generating some Oscar buzz.

My spotlight picks of the month are “The Company Men” and “The Fighter”. Mark Wahlberg (“The Italian Job”) and Christian Bale (“Batman Begins”) star in “The Fighter” which is gaining some Oscar buzz as well as “The Company Men”. Although both films have similar themes as other Oscar nominated films being “Rocky” and “Up in the Air”, they both seem to have a special quality that may be worth checking out.

Well that’s my December overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Winter Movie Season picks.

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“Kung Fu Panda 2” – Teaser Trailer

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Check out the teaser trailer for “Kung Fu Panda 2” which is due to be released in the Summer of 2011. Jack Black reprises his role as Po the Panda and the rest of the Kung Fu Panda cast are returning as well as some new cast mates.

Full voice cast can be found on IMDB.com.

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Summer Movie Season: June 2009

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The month of May had some big box office hits like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Star Trek”, and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” but as May comes to a close, can the month of June live up to the summer movie hype?  This June definitely has some potential box office hits too including Will Ferrell’s “Land of the Lost”, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with Shia LaBeouf.

Looking at the month of June as a whole, I think the box office hits will be “Land of the Lost” and “Transformers”. Another possible hit could be “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.  I think some sleeper hits may include “The Hangover” starring Bradley Cooper (“Alias”, “Weddinig Crashers”), and “Year One” starring Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda”) and Michael Cera (“Juno”).

Some of the romantic comedies coming out in June include “My Life in Ruins” with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star, Nia Vardalos, and “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Family flicks include Eddie Murphy’s “Imagine That” and what looks to be a real tear jerker, “My Sister’s Keeper” starring Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Cameron Diaz (“There’s Something About Mary”).

My movie footnote pick would be Sam Mendes’s film “Away We Go” starring John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Maya Rudolph (“SNL”). I really admire Sam Mendes’s work, in particular “American Beauty” for which he won an Oscar for, so I just might have to check this movie out. Sam Mendes is currently attached to the “Lost in Austen” adaptation for the big screen. “Lost in Austen” is a TV mini-series about a modern day girl who somehow winds up in the world of “Pride and Prejudice”. To find out more about the “Lost in Austen” remake, read this Variety.com article.

So those are my highlights on some of the movie releases coming out in June, keep reading on in order to check out the full list of June releases.  Be sure to check back when I sum up the July movie releases.
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