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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Book Of Eli,' 'Lovely Bones' & More

January 11th, 2010 10:08am EST | Evan Crean By: Evan Crean
THE BOOK OF ELII'm really glad that I finally got the chance to see James Cameron's "Avatar" in 3-D. Visually Cameron creates an incredibly convincing alien world, paying attention to even the smallest details in the environment.

The vibrant jungle scenes bring out the advantages of 3-D and convinced me that as a medium it isn't just a lame gimmick, but rather an opportunity for filmmaking to mature in the coming years.

"Avatar" kept me glued to the screen, captivating me from the moment it began until the moment it finished. While the story and dialogue were predictable, I didn't necessarily consider it a bad thing. As an action epic and a tale of good versus evil "Avatar" is fulfilling despite being relatively formulaic. My grade is an A.

Week number two of 2010 brings us "The Spy Next Door," "The Book of Eli," "Fish Tank," and the full opening of "The Lovely Bones."



Ex CIA spy Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) faces his toughest assignment yet: looking after his girlfriend's three kids who aren't exactly fond of him. When one of them accidentally downloads a top secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, visits the family.

Bryan Levant, the man behind 2005's "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube, directs this innocent comedy. Gregory Poirier joins frequent collaborators Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer in penning the movie's screenplay.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Parents looking for an inoffensive comedy to see with their children should go see this film. If you like silly movies with slapstick humor that require little thinking, then you should appreciate "The Spy Next Door."





One man (Denzel Washington) braves his way across a post-apocalyptic United States to protect a sacred book that holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes, creators of African American movies like "Menace II Society" and "Dead Presidents," direct this gritty action adventure. Gary Whitta
earns his first film credit writing the screenplay.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that like a grim post-apocalyptic film set in a tough future should see "The Book of Eli." If you like Denzel Washington as an actor, or if you think Gary Oldman plays an excellent villain, then you'll probably enjoy this movie.



FISH TANK


Life changes for the troubled teenager Mia (Katie Jarvis) when her mother (Kierston Wareing) brings home a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender), who takes an interest in the young woman.

British independent filmmaker Andrea Arnold writes and directs this coming-of-age drama which has earned 7 awards from international film festivals like Cannes and the Chicago International Film Festival.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Indie film fans are the kind of people that will be anxious to see this drama. If you like coming-of-age stories that don't fit the typical mold then you should give "Fish Tank" a viewing.





In this supernatural story, young Susie (Saoirse Ronan) observes her family from the space between life and death, as they cope with the trauma of her brutal rape and murder.

Known best for the writing and direction he brought to the "Lord of the Rings" series, Peter Jackson brings his creative influence to this movie. Jackson directs and writes this film based on a novel by Alice Sebold with the help of Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. Joining Saoirse Ronan on screen are veteran actors Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers that appreciate Peter Jackson's visual flair and ability to make a very pretty movie are the ones that should see "The Lovely Bones." If you're interested in seeing Jackson deviate from the epic storylines he has cultivated recently then you should check this one out.



Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.








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