Winter Movie Preview 2010

Here we are, the middle of November, and there are plenty of interesting movies already playing in theaters, including Megamind, Unstoppable, Due Date, Skyline, Morning Glory, For Colored Girls, Red, Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D, Jackass 3D, 127 Hours, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Easy A, Fair Game, Hereafter, Secretariat, The Social Network, The Town, Waiting for Superman, and more.  Now it's time for me to look at the upcoming movies that are scheduled to be released during the next few months.  Although I can't list them all, these are the ones that caught my eye.

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader - I'm glad to see that the box-office failure of Prince Caspian hasn't killed the Narnia franchise.  Whether or not Dawn Treader can capture the success of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe remains to be seen, but I hope they manage to complete bringing the entire C.S. Lewis series to life. The young cast returns, the production values should still hopefully be top-notch, and director Michael Apted is talented enough to do the job.  Let's see if all the pieces come together this time.

The Green Hornet - I'm still not sold on Seth Rogen as the masked hero, but I like his supporting cast: Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz as the love interest, Edward Furlong making his return to big-budget films.  Direct Michel Gondry is probably best known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but can he do justice to this addition to the superhero genre?

Gulliver's Travels - Jack Black is hit or miss with me.  We'll see what he manages to do with the classic fantasy.  Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly are also in the cast.  Director Rob Letterman's resume is mostly cartoons (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens), but can he create a compelling live-action adventure?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - David Yates, who directed the last two Potter films, helms this final epic, which had to be split into two motion pictures.  Fans of course will flock to it.  The trailers look great so hopefully it will live up to everyone's expectations and set the groundwork nicely for the conclusion.

Little Fockers - The franchise that began with Meet the Parents and continued with Meet the Fockers takes a look at the comedic potential of adding a new baby to the mix.  Starring Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Harvey Keitel, Blythe Danner, Laura Dern, Jessica Alba, Teri Polo, and others, it will likely do very well in the box office.  But will it bring the laughs or will it just be another sequel cashing in on its predecessors.

Rabbit Hole - I had the chance to play the role of Howie in a stage version of this award-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, so I'm eager to see the big screen adaptation.  There already is Oscar buzz for the portrayals by Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, and Tammy Blanchard.  Hopefully, expanding this into a film won't hurt the original play's intimacy and raw emotional power.

The Rite - Another movie about exorcists, this one starring Anthony Hopkins.  What can I say, I'm a sucker for those sub-genre horror flicks.

Tangled - Disney brings us the animated fairy tale about Rapunzel but is afraid to call it Rapunzel.  With the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Ron Perlman, and others, let's see if the studio's questionable marketing strategy pays off.

The Tempest - This new interpretation of the William Shakespeare classic is one of my most eagerly anticipated new films of the season.  Prospero is now a woman, played by the excellent Helen Mirren.  Djimon Hounsou plays Caliban, Ben Wishaw is Ariel, and others in the cast include Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, and Russell Brand (who I hope doesn't ruin the picture!).

Tron: Legacy - Who would have thought that a sequel almost thirty years in the making would generate so much buzz?  The original cast returns in a new adventure that likely will revitalize the franchise, leading to more movies in the near future (hopefully not decades away).

Yogi Bear - I am not a fan of turning classic cartoons into live-action/CGI travesties.  Will they destroy the legacy of the most famous bear in Jellystone Park (and his sidekick Boo-Boo)?  Or will this manage to rise above the other lame adaptations we've seen in recent years.  Dan Aykroyd, Christine Taylor, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris.

Have I left any out that you're especially looking forward to seeing?