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Young Adult

Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, Hettienne Park
9 December
Young Adult

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The team that brought you Juno is back again, this time giving Charlize Theron a chance to go all hipster with Diablo Cody’s certified geek speak screenplay. It’s the standard “you can’t go home again” histrionics as a successful writer tries to reconnect with her hometown high school flame. When that doesn’t work, she bonds with the class nerd. With costars including Patrick Wilson and comedian Patton Oswalt, this has a lot of potential. And Reitman is no slouch either. Still, Cody can be her own worst literary enemy. Here’s hoping she tones down the jargon and remembers to add some heart.


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New Year’s Eve

Director: Gary Marshall
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel
9 December
New Years Eve

Apparently, we are being punished. Thanks to the unlikely popularity of the dull, derivative romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, the studios and director Gary Marshall believe that more of the same is in order. So a new holiday has been picked and another all star cast (who should know better) has been assembled. Of course, that’s the only thing fresh about this otherwise pain inducing idea. Like Irwin Allen, who overloaded his disaster films with all manner of celebrity, Marshall belies in the prestidigitation power of fame…all other aspects of the cinematic art be damned.


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Director: Madonna
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D’Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Richard Coyle
9 December

Who keeps saying “Yes” to Madonna? While she remains a viable recording artist and cultural presence, her decades of deliberate motion picture meaninglessness should have informed any decision to let her back in the business. And behind the lens, no less. Apparently, the producers forgot about the god-awful comedy she helmed in 2008—Filth and Wisdom—and allowed the wannabe auteur another shot at celluloid shame. In this case, it’s the story of Wallace Simpson, the divorcee who came between Prince Edward and his throne. There is a parallel modern story as well. All we can say is NEXT!

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