10. “I Love You, Man”—Paul Rudd, the best part of every film he’s in, finally gets a lead role to sink his comedic teeth into. As Peter Klaven is planning his wedding, he realizes that he has no friend to be his best man. To make up for that, he goes on a series of man-dates to find a best man. He settles on Jason Segel, whose obnoxious behaviour disgusts Peter’s fiancée. Co-starring Jaime Pressly, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samberg and Jon Favreau, this film opens March 20.
9. “The Year One”—Wash. U. alumnus Harold Ramis jumps back behind the camera for this story of two hunter-gatherers (Michael Cera and Jack Black) who are banished from their tribe to wander the ancient world. Ramis also penned this comedy and appears on screen with Olivia Wilde, David Cross, Oliver Platt, McLovin, Hank Azaria, Vinnie Jones and Paul Rudd. Opens June 19.
8. “Duplicity” is Tony Gilroy’s sophomore writing/directing effort following his impressive directing debut in, “Michael Clayton.” This hopefully-much-better cousin of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” stars Clive Owen and Julie Roberts as ex-spies who join forces and love interests in an effort to bankrupt two corporations headed by Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti during a corporate merger. Opens March 20.
7. “The Brothers Bloom”—Another sophomore effort, this one by Rian Johnson, the genius behind 2005’s high-school noir “Brick.” Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo play brothers who are the best con men in the world. They plan one more hit, this one on a millionaire who collects hobbies (Rachel Weisz). Johnson showed an uncanny ability to send up and retool a classic genre with “Brick,” and I hope he can do the same to the crime caper here. I worry, though, that the trailer looks a little too Wes Anderson. Co-starring Robbie Coltrane, Ricky Jay and Rinko Kikuchi, this film opens May 15.
6. “Adventureland” is based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Greg Mottola while working in a theme park one summer. The trailer looks utterly hilarious and makes great use of the very talented Bill Hader. This coming-of-age comedy from the director of “Superbad” stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, and opens March 27.
5. “Funny People” is Judd Apatow’s next at-bat, but this time he’s writing and directing, not just producing, and when that happens, we get “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” This time, Apatow gives Adam Sandler a shot to play a stand-up comedian next to Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick and Norm MacDonald. I’m curious to see Apatow throw Sandler in and try to revive his career. Opens July 31.
4. “The Assassination of a High School President”—Bear with me, this one sounds oddly intriguing. It’s a film noir set in a Catholic high school. When a set of SAT tests are stolen, newspaper reporter Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson from “Rocket Science”) investigates and finds a conspiracy involving the war-vet principal played by Bruce Willis. This one premiered at Sundance last year, but had a hard time finding distribution; I’m excited anyway. Opens February 27.
3. “Public Enemies” joins Michael Mann with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham and Marion Cotillard (oddly, the only Oscar-winner in the group). This gangster film, set in the 1930s, tells the story of when the Feds went after Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd. Opens July 1.
2. “This Side of the Truth” is the feature film debut for the funniest man on the planet, writer-director Ricky Gervais. Set in a world where no one has told a lie, the story erupts as an actor tells the first lie for personal gain. Gervais assembled an all-star cast to occupy the screen with him, including, but not limited to, Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Stephen Merchant, Louis C.K., Bobby Moynihan, Nathan Corddry and Karl Pilkington. Opens March 20.
1. “Watchmen.” I’m not a comic book guy, but I read Alan Moore’s masterpiece of pulp fiction over break and couldn’t put it down. The film is set in the 1980s when Richard Nixon is still president (do they call that a dystopian past?). A masked vigilante named Rorschach investigates the murder of another costumed hero and uncovers a much darker plot. The strength of the story, among other things, is the complexity of the characters and the exploration of heroism. After much legal battle, Warner Brothers will release this nearly three-hour film, with which creator Alan Moore wants nothing to do. Let’s just hope director Zack Snyder doesn’t give it the “300” treatment: make a film devoid of story, but hey—at least it looks cool! Oh, and the soundtrack features Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, My Chemical Romance, The Smashing Pumpkins and Philip Glass (odd grouping). Starring Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino and Malin Akerman, this film opens March 6.
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Title: RedArtist: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift's fourth album, entitled "Red", was released on Monday, October 22.