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2010 Holiday Movie Pool Preview

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Little Fockers
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Due Date
Yogi Bear 3D
The Tourist
Gulliver's Travels
Love and Other Drugs
In case if you don't know what's coming out for the holiday season of 2010, check below for a detailed list of this year's crop!

November 5
- 127 Hours
The first of the 3700 movies "based on a true story" this season probably is the most based and most true. Retelling the story from a few years ago of the hiker who had to cut off his own arm to escape the boulder that crushed him, even though it's a scene we'll all know is coming, there might not be a bigger "Oh man, here we go" moment in theaters all year. There's nothing Saw 3D can do to be more real than that. As an added bonus, since I only seem to see director Danny Boyle movies that involve numbers (28 Days Later and Millions), this one's on my radar!

- Due Date
I'm not one of those "anti-remake" guys as long as they re-make it right, so if you're going to rip-off the basic premise of Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, getting Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and the director of The Hangover and Old School is not a bad way to go. Of course, there's just no way Robert can wait for a plane to get him across the country and he just has to drive instead. This is the stuff that happens all the time… in movies. As long as hilarity ensues, all will be fine.

- For Colored Girls
Tyler Perry enters the blockbuster pool for the first time as his films have typically been Spring Time affairs. He also brings the unedited version of the play he's using as the basis for his screenplay, which follows a collection of different African-American women sharing their struggles and triumphs through life, so it's his first R rating as well. Will the more serious tone bring more serious critical praise or lose some of his usual serious box-office pull?

- Megamind
Ya know, this movie seemed so much more original before Despicable Me came out this summer. Oh, there's a misfit super villain that ends up having a conscious and has to save the world? Yeah… I think I just bought that movie on DVD last week. Undaunted, DreamWorks is going full-steam ahead and hoping the star-power of Will Farrell, Brad Pitt, and Tina Fey helps to overshadow the similarities. No matter what they do, though, it's not going to be as fluffy.

November 10
- Morning Glory
This feels like the typical old-stars/new-stars romantic comedy that comes out in December, but this one's being dropped into play before even the first pull of the wishbone. Rachel McAdams has to play the TV Producer ref between morning co-anchors played by Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Certainly the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada will help attract the estrogen crowd, yet only time will tell whether TV News is as fashionable as, um, well, fashion.

November 12
- Skyline
If you wanted to have an Independence Day movie without a stripper with a heart of gold, without a lunatic barnstormer, without Jeff Goldblum's strut, and where they suck people up to the space ships instead of just leveling everything, Skyline is your movie! It's basically a cast of no-ones and it's not in 3D, but if people lined-up to see the craptacular 2012 last year, why not this one?

- Unstoppable
Can Denzel Washington please stop making me tear up every time I see one of his movie trailers? Even in stupid action movies, he just has one line, one pause, one something and some sort of Pavlovian mist factory starts churning in my eyes. Here's one of those "there's no way this is as true as they say it is" true stories where Denzel and Captain Kirk, err, Chris Pine, have to man an unmanned train carrying hazardous waste (hey, there was a good idea) that's now running out of control. After the Taking of Phelom 123, you'd think Denzel might want to miss the next train.

November 19
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
You don't have to be a student at Hogwarts to understand that the finale of the most successful franchise in movie history might be kind of a big deal. Now I don't know my Half-Blood Prince from my Sorcerer's Stone, but I'm guessing there's something about Harry vs. Voldemort and the fate of the world at stake. I'm not sure what else there is to say about this series, though for any of you who are starting to think the actors are looking too old to still be at Hogwarts, just remember they're still younger than any of the actors on Glee. I think Michael J. Fox now looks younger than most of those folks on Glee.

- The Next Three Days
This title might fit when people actually get around to seeing the movie… The next three days after Harry Potter's opening weekend. Russell Crowe stars as a college professor who decides to break his wife out of prison after her final appeal is rejected. Really?! You're solution to the grief about having your wife in jail is to do something that'll get you incarcerated as well? I would think a Newcastle keg can or a few large Egg Nog Shakes from Jack in the Box would be a better way to drown the sorrow.

November 24
- Burlesque
Someone once tried to tell me that Cher was the voice of Mr. Ed on the TV show about a talking horse. I said, "That, my friend, is a lie." Still, when I saw the trailer for this film about a shy girl played by Christina Aguilera who lets her inner vixen out on stage, I said, "Hey, who'd they get to look like Cher? Oh… They actually got Cher, my bad." I don't usually feel this way, but I'm pretty confident nothing good can come from this film.

- Faster
The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, leaves the kids at home this time for this all-grown-up tale about a man killing the people responsible for his brother's death. Could this be the ticket for The Rock's to become a real action star or will this film cements him in kiddie-pick tough guy mode? Either way, he'll still be making way more than me, so we'll all still be able to smell what The Rock is cooking.

- Love and Other Drugs
When life offers you a romantic comedy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, you just have to say… um, maybe I'll rent it? Seriously, when your movie is up against Christina Aguilera in her skivvies, The Rock with a gun, and Rapunzel with kung-fu hair, you need a little more than "Look, it's two pretty people finding out that they really love each other" to get people's attention.

- Tangled
Look, I don't want to believe Disney has no idea how to make an animated movie anymore, but why is it any movie they release that isn't Pixar just feels… um… off. Last year's Princess & The Frog was supposed to be the return to their modern golden-era of Mermaid & The Beast and it just felt… off. Chicken Little was their first CGI flick and it felt… off. Bolt wasn't bad, it was just… off. None of these held a candle to any of the Pixar or DreamWorks films and even Fox, Warner Bros, and Universal have had bigger hits than Disney in the animation department. So, here comes Tangled, a quirky re-telling of the tale of Rapunzel, and every time I see the trailer something just seems… off. Maybe this is their breakthrough or maybe this is where they start selling the 18th Blu-Ray version of The Fox & The Hound.

December 3
- The Warrior's Way
Remember last year when the movie Ninja Assassin came out? Yeah, neither do I. This time we have a Warrior Assassin who's hiding out in small town in the Old West. Doesn't sound like much of a warrior to me, but Wussy Assassin has a terrible ring to it.

December 10
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
In 2007 Disney pushed back it's release of Prince Caspian to not interfere with The Water Horse because that film was also produced by Walden Media. By not interfering with the eventual $10 million or so that The Water Horse ended up making, Disney lost ga-billions. By missing that wide-open December slot, they opened Prince Caspian right between Iron Man and Indiana Jones IV as filmgoers said, "Narnia who?" Flash-forward two years and now 20Th Century Fox is picking up the Narnia franchise and returning the series to the winter months where it has more chance to breathe. Was Disney right in leaving a sinking ship or has Fox sailed into five more lucrative films in its future?

- The Company Men
I'm gonna go on a limb and call this this year's Up In The Air. Ben Affleck leads a stacked cast in this story of fired execs that need to find their way in the world post-downsizing. Ben probably thought he was in danger of getting downsized himself until his success with The Town earlier this year and this looks to help continue his winning streak.

- The Fighter
If the words "Mark Wahlberg, Oscar Consideration" scare you, don't read any further. Here Marky Mark plays a boxing getting one last chance at redemption (What?! I never heard of a story like this in my life!) and he's bringing Amy Adams and Christian Bale along with him. Thankfully, it's "based on a true story," so we know there's no way he's actually going to succeed.

- The Tempest
Well, if Sherlock Holmes could be a smash last season, why not Shakespeare this year? Julie Taymor brings an all-star cast to tell the tale of a sorceress ruling over her magical island. Let's hope they learned something from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet and use subtitles this time as most people had no idea what they were actually saying.

- The Tourist
I can't tell which is weirder… That Angelina Jolie is starring as a mysterious and beautiful spy or that Johnny Depp is starring in a movie not directed by Tim Burton. Ok, yeah, it's gotta be the second one. Here, Depp is the innocent man dragged into a world of espionage and intrigue with Jolie doing the dragging. Will this be the Mr. & Mrs. Smith of the season or the Knight & Day?

December 17
- How Do You Know
Director James L. Brooks has his name on three modern-day classics: Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, and As Good As It Gets (ok, well maybe not that modern). Somehow a film about a love triangle with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd doesn't seem to fit into that successful formula. First of all, Reese is supposed to be playing a professional softball player… at all of her 5'2"?! Why couldn't they have just cast 6'1" Jennie Finch and made it legit? It's like casting Tom Cruise as Larry Bird.

- TRON: Legacy
I find it very interesting when I hear about Comic-Con crowds going crazy and blogs raving about this movie when apparently everyone's forgotten, um, the first one sorta sucked. Everything was in neon, it looked like it was shot in night vision, and the story didn't really make a lick of sense. Thanks to today's updated graphics and special effects, all that stuff can be taken care of… and as we've learned, as long as your movie looks good, no one cares if the plot resembles a 2nd grade Mad Lib.

- Yogi Bear
I'm not going to lie, two of my favorite things are Yogi Bear and Tom Cavanagh. If I go a year missing Yogi's First Christmas, it's like going a year without Mentholatum except you still smell funny. Ed was probably my favorite TV show between Buffy and Lost and Tom Cavanagh played the perfect every-quirky-man every quirky man would want to be. So, when these two great tastes get together, why can't I tell if this is another smash like Alvin and the Chipmunks or a disaster like Rocky & Bullwinkle? Is that me and my Mentholatum or do I smell a Boo-Boo?

December 22
- Gulliver's Travels
Based on the true story of… oh wait, nevermind. Finally, some fiction! Now, this is what I'm talking about. Jack Black becomes the example human to the six-inch tall inhabitants or Lilliput… Perfect! It's like Night At The Museum except minus all the other characters besides Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan. Oooh, maybe that's not so perfect. Dum-Dum wants gum-gum.

- Little Fockers
When I think of my favorite Ben Stiller movies, Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers aren't even in my Top Five, yet those are two of his most successful films. Will Little Fockers complete the trilogy or have audiences finally gotten tired of Robert DeNiro playing his same tough-guy character for laughs? What seemed "fresh" in Analyze This now seems as tired as Gallagher's Sledge-O-Matic. At some point his "playing against the stereotype" actually became the stereotype.

December 25
- True Grit
There are many things I think of when I think of Jeff Bridges. His greatness in The Fisher King. His awesomeness in The Big Lebowski. His "I can't believe I'm kissing Barbra Streisand while she sings a duet with Bryan Adams in the background"-ness in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Still, I never thought, "Hey, you know who'd I'd cast to play an iconic John Wayne role? Jeff Bridges!" As good as Jeff is, Todd Bridges might be more believable in the role. Still, with Matt Damon playing the part made famous by Glen Campbell, at least I can hope Jason Bourne gets a chance to sing Rhinestone Cowboy.

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/01/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Burlesque, Due Date, Gulliver's Travels, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Little Fockers, Love and Other Drugs, Megamind, Skyline, Tangled, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Tourist, Tron: Legacy, True Grit, Unstoppable, Yogi Bear 3D
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