Looking ahead

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Seen "Avatar" yet?If you haven't, congratulations are in order. You are like that last patch of snow left over in the driveway after a few days of rain. You're holding out, but what's the point? That snow's going away, and you're going to see "Avatar" eventually. Mathematically speaking, this is a fact. "Avatar," by the way, is the new king of the world at the box office. James Cameron now owns the top two spots. Of all time. Ever. Cameron has unofficially totaled, now, six bazillion dollars at the box office.

Maybe it isn't quite factual to say you're going to see "Avatar" whether you like it or not, but how about this: You should see it. It is actually worth seeing, and obviously I'm not the only one who thinks so.

I bring up "Avatar" because, for one, it's still here on the big screen. Secondly, with only Dwayne (always The Rock to me, I don't care if he drops the name from his credits) Johnson as the "Tooth Fairy" and a movie called "To Save a Life" (I know nothing and don't care to) serving as new options this week, it seemed like a good time to peek ahead and take a week off from actually going to the movies. Sadly, at this very moment, I'm wondering if I should have given The Rock a shot.

At least The Rock is charming. When I came across a snippet about the remake of "The Karate Kid" set for release in June, I just rolled my eyes. Wait, you can join me, especially when I tell you the remake stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (yes, Jaden's dad Will is producing). That's happening. So prepare yourself.

"The A-Team" is also happening, and opening on the same weekend as "The Karate Kid" (June 11). Maybe they will both make their franchises proud; or maybe, probably, they will be an embarrassment to everyone on the planet.

Wow. Let me put Negative Nancy away for a bit. It isn't all bad. In the nearer future - tomorrow - Mel Gibson's back with "Edge of Darkness." My mother wonders aloud every time the preview's on TV, "does anyone care about Mel anymore?" We'll see. If you can wait one week, I can even help you decide.

John Travolta is only slightly more relevant than Mel, but he too will try to garner some attention with an action flick called "From Paris With Love" opening on Feb. 5. If you can get past his shiny, fake looking bald head in the trailers, the movie looks like it has some potential. On Valentine's Day you can choose to weird her out by taking her to "The Wolfman" with Benicio Del Toro or score some points and check out a rom-com called, ah, well... "Valentine's Day." I would list the cast for you, but it is literally too long and you can just assume it has at least three actors you like and two that you don't.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are together again in "Shutter Island" (Feb. 19). Kevin Smith helms a buddy-cop movie with Bruce Willis and the clearly insane Tracy Morgan on the 16th, or you can check out "The Crazies" if you prefer folks getting gored by pitchforks. Finally, the first release day in March (the 5th) has personal favorite Don Cheadle in a cop drama ("Brooklyn's Finest") and Tim Burton's version of "Alice in Wonderland."

So fear not. The leftovers ("Avatar") and The Rock only need to get us through tonight. Mel gets here tomorrow, and then things pick up again - at least until Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan ruin "The Karate Kid" in June.

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