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Friday, January 8, 2010

The right movie diet for 2010: Part III

A delicious marriage of material and maker happened when Tim Burton took on Alice in Wonderland with usual suspects Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in tow. Add Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman and Mia Wasikowska and there is little that could disappoint about this project. Burton’s new take returns Alice to Wonderland as a teen where she reunites with familiar friends to defeat the Red Queen. Burton, Depp, Wonderland - what more can I say? A 3-D release too.

Kicking off the animation segment of the year is How to Train Your Dragon, the tale of a young Viking sent to the North Sea to take on a dragon as a rite of passage. The visuals are pretty arresting and the humor seems spot on. With the 3-D phenomenon here to stay, this should be another immersive experience. Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Another good choice is The Runaways, a 1970s biopic about the first successful all-girl hard rock band of the title starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film is based on the book by Cherie Currie, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story.

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