Spring movie preview: Bartlesville-shot film among upcoming offerings
BY MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer
Friday, March 15, 2013
3/15/13 at 7:11 AM
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The Academy Awards are over, and it's time for that traditional post-Oscar lull known as spring movies - which this year looks to have a couple of blockbusters in the field.
"The Croods" is the latest from DreamWorks Animation, and it's primed for release during next week's spring break, as is the action-flick "Olympus Has Fallen," which finds the White House under attack. In April, Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" delivers big-budget science-fiction.
Of prime interest to northeastern Oklahoma residents may be the April 26 release of "To the Wonder," the movie shot in Bartlesville in 2010 and starring Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem.
The following films, and dates, are subject to change.
'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'
Steve Carell is a magic man, and so is Jim Carrey, in this comedy about competing Las Vegas magicians in a battle to stay on top. Steve Buscemi co-stars in what looks to be wonderfully wacky stuff.
A 911 dispatcher (played by Halle Berry) haunted by a killer who got away years before gets a second chance at justice when a young girl (Abigail Breslin, stuffed in the trunk with a cellphone) is abducted by the same creep.
Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl directs this documentary about the renowned Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio. Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood and Trent Reznor, among many others, chime in on the legend.
DreamWorks Animation goes prehistoric with a family that discovers the world around them when their cave home is destroyed. Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone provide voices, as do Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman.
There's promise in the comic pairing of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, as Fey plays a Princeton evaluator of college admission forms in this story of youths looking to the future and being judged on their potential.
When the father of a teen (Mia Wasikowska) dies in a car accident, an uncle (Matthew Goode) she has never known comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). This thriller is the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook of "Oldboy."
'Olympus Has Fallen'
The White House is under attack in this action-packed thriller. Starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart, in the first of two movies this year with the same general plot (Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in summer's "White House Down").
'West of Memphis'
It's been said that justice delayed is justice denied, and documentarian Amy Berg ("Deliver Us from Evil") examines such an example with this look at the case of the West Memphis Three in Arkansas.
A group of girls caught robbing a restaurant to pay for their spring break partying get in deeper when they befriend a drug dealer (James Franco) who deals in weapons, too. This edgy drama feels like Disney Channel meets "Girls Gone Wild" with Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens among the young ladies.
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'
The team is back in action after 2009's "The Rise of Cobra," but it appears that Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis are leading this group, with Channing Tatum returning in a smaller role. Details are sketchy even after watching the trailer.
"Twilight" novelist Stephenie Meyer takes forbidden fantasy love from vampires to aliens in this adaptation of her book. Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") stars in this science-fiction thriller.
'Tyler Perry's Temptation'
Jurnee Smollett-Bell takes the lead, starring with Vanessa Williams and Brandy in Perry's drama about a marriage counselor whose own married life unravels when she begins an obsessive new romantic relationship.
Do you remember the first time you saw those dinosaurs grazing, and then heard that Tyrannosaurus rex roar, and then watched as velociraptors hunted for the kids in that kitchen? Now imagine it all converted to 3-D for this new release, and in IMAX to boot.
A remake of the original frightfest about friends visiting a cabin in the woods and summoning demons that cause all you-know-what to break out. Original creator Sam Raimi produces this film, which stars Jane Levy ("Suburgatory").
'On the Road'
Jack Kerouac's generation-defining novel comes to theaters with a cast headlined by Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, while also featuring Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Kirsten Dunst.
The closely guarded secrets of Shin Bet, the premier Israeli security agency, receive closer scrutiny in this documentary that brings together multiple former heads of the agency to talk about Israel, Palestine and the conflicts of the past.
'The Place Beyond the Pines'
Ryan Gosling reunites with his "Blue Valentine" director for this intense crime drama about a motorcycle stunt rider who decides to rob a bank to support his family, and the consequences of his actions that leave him targeted by a local police officer (Bradley Cooper).
That jersey number belonged to Jackie Robinson, whose story is told in this biopic about the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Look for Harrison Ford in the role of Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey.
'Scary Movie 5'
The horror-movie spoof franchise even takes on "Black Swan" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in this first sequel in six years. There's no Anna Faris around this time, but there is Charlie Sheen, Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan and other has-beens.
'Caesar Must Die'
This Italian drama finds inmates at a maximum-security lockup in Rome preparing for their presentation of the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare.
Tom Cruise returns to science-fiction ("Minority Report," "War of the Worlds"), playing one of the last remaining men on an evacuated Earth who discovers a secret he was not meant to learn.
A biographical look at Steve Jobs, the college dropout who became a captain of industry and whose entrepreneurship led Apple to unimagined heights. It stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, so we all have to wonder how it will turn out.
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the recent Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film, telling the story of the ad campaign that changed the election in 1988 Chile and led to the defeat of Augusto Pinochet.
'Ginger & Rosa'
Elle Fanning ("Super 8") and Alice Englert ("Beautiful Creatures") play a pair of lifelong friends in 1960s London amid the growing tension of the Cuban missile crisis. Also starring Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks.
'To the Wonder'
Filmed mostly in Bartlesville in 2010, the romantic drama directed by Terrence Malick and starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem arrives for its Oklahoma premiere at Circle Cinema.
'The Big Wedding'
Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl star with an ensemble cast as a long-divorced couple pretends to be happy for the sake of an upcoming wedding in the family.
'Pain & Gain'
Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play very bad guys for director Michael Bay in this crime story/black comedy/character study based on the true story of Miami bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers and ultimately torture when a kidnapping plot goes all wrong.
James McAvoy plays an art auctioneer who partners with thieves to steal a priceless Goya painting. When he suffers a blow to the head during the heist, he can't remember where he hid the painting. A hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) assists him in this violent crime thriller from director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours").
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