As I’ve written in this space previously, I’m very excited for this season’s films to come out. The big day is tomorrow, and that means I’ve been devouring pretty much every review out there.
Kate Winslet is in two very strong films, both of which she is expected to pick up an Oscar nomination for. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in a very unique film. And we also have Leo DiCaprio and Winslet reuniting in a film directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), who is Winslet’s husband.
Here are the films you should be aware of, and for reviews of each you can either head over to Rolling Stone to read Peter Travers or visit RogerEbert.com. Those are the two best critics, in my opinion. But I’ll provide different reviews of each movie listed in the hyperlinked text.
Here are the films that you will hear a lot more about in the coming days and weeks…
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Pitt ages backwards, and Blanchette ages forward. The beginning and end of the film should be especially interesting, given the age differential. Roger Ebert only gave this two-and-a-half stars, though.
- Valkryie – This has got pretty good reviews. I hope it does well because I’m one of the few that still thinks Tom Cruise is a pretty good actor. He seems willing to take risks too, which I like.
- Revolutionary Road - Features DiCaprio and Winslet as an unhappy married couple in the 1950s.
- The Reader - Features Winslet as a German woman during the Holocaust. She has an affair with a 15-year-old boy. This film is supposed to be great.
- Bedtime Stories - Adam Sandler stars in this Disney film.
- The Wrestler - Quietly could be the best film this year.
- Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood reportedly says his good-bye to acting in this role, which could win him an Academy Award.
- Marley and Me – Conan O’Brien said that this film almost made him cry, which is good enough for me.
- The Spirit - I’ve been seeing the trailers for a solid two months now, and I have no idea what this is about. That’s not a good thing, according to Mr. Roger Ebert.
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