The Following Preview … Spring 2011 Films

With Spring officially within reach (beginning March 20), I thought it necessary to deliver to you all a Spring 2011 Film Preview.  The preview encompasses all genres and styles of films, so hopefully you’ll find some you’d care to see – voice your opinions – do you agree or disagree with my preview?  Are there some coming that I missed? Let me know…

Sucker Punch          Release Date: March 25  Genre: Action/Fantasy Rating: NR

The latest by visionary director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is a film about a girl imprisoned by her creul step-father.  About to undergo a labotomy, Baby Doll (Emily Browning) escapes into an alternate reality to cope and envision a plan to escape.


Source Code          Release Date: April 1  Genre: Action/SciFi/Thriller Rating: PG-13

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this upcoming film about a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man to discover that he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.


Insidious              Release Date: April 1  Genre: Horror/Thriller   Rating: PG-13

In the wake of “evil child” films, Insidious centers on a family intent on preventing evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in the realm known as The Further.


Hanna                   Release Date: April 8  Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: PG-13

Led by a talented cast (Saoirse Ronan [The Lovely Bones], Cate Blanchet, Eric Bana), Hanna is about a 16 year old girl who’s been brought up by her father (Bana) to be an assassin.  Sent on a mission across Europe, Hanna (Ronan) is tracked by an intelligence agent (Blanchet) and her operatives.


Soul Surfer        Release Date: April 8 Genre: Sports Drama Rating: PG

Based on the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, a teenage girl summons the courage to return to surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack.  Starring Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and introducing the film debut of Carrie Underwood.


Born To Be Wild          Release Date: April 8 Genre: Documentary Rating: NR

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Born To Be Wild is about two people’s journey to reintroduce wild orphans back into the wild.  Intended for IMAX 3D, Born To Be Wild is the first feature film to use 4k digital IMAX cameras.


Meek’s Cutoff          Release Date: April 8 Genre: Western  Rating: PG
Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood star in 1845 Oregon, traveling through the desert and find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.


Rio                   Release Date: April 15  Genre: Animation  Rating: PG
A domesticated macaw, Blu (Jessie Eisengerb [voice]) meets the bird of his dreams, Jewel (Anne Hathaway [voice]) and thus embarks on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro.  Additional vocal talents include Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez and Jamie Foxx.


Scream 4          Release Date: April 15 Genre: Horror/Thriller  Rating: NR
Billed as “a decade has past since Sydney Prescott was visited by the ‘ghostface killer’…” Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette reprise their roles from the original Scream franchise.  Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts and Adam Brody add new blood to the mix (pun intended).


The Double Hour          Release Date: April 15   Genre: Foreign/Thriller   Rating: NR
La Doppia Ora (The Double Hour), an Italian film, is about a man and woman who meet at a speed dating service, but the lines between truth and reality become blurred in this Hitchcock-inspired thriller.  We screened this film with The Cinema Club on February 20 and it has received an “A” on the Bobby-james 2011 Tracker because of notable acting by Kseniya Rappoport, Filippo Timi, notable cinematography, directing and score.


The Conspirator          Release Date: April 15  Genre: Historical Drama Rating: PG-13
Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) was the only woman charged in the death of Abraham Lincoln.  As the entire nation turns against her she must rely on her reluctant lawyer (James McAvoy) to uncover the truth and save her life.


African Cats          Release Date: April 22 Genre: Documentary  Rating: NR
Released in conjunction with Earth Day, African Cats is a documentary about two cat families (Lions and Cheetahs) and how they raise their cubs to survive in the African wild.


Apollo 18           Release Date: April 22  Genre: Horror/Thriller Rating: NR
Following suit with such films as Paranormal Activity (claiming to have “actual” footage), Apollo 18 is about the real mission to space in the 1970s that was cancelled by NASA (for budget purposes though, as opposed to aliens) using the tagline, “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon”.


Water For Elephants          Release Date: April 22  Genre: Drama Rating: NR
A novel adaptation to Sara Gruen’s debut novel <span>Water for Elephants</span>, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz aim to give the story life.  Water for Elephants is about a young veterinary student that abandons his studies to join a traveling circus as their vet following the death of his parents.  “Life is the most spectacular show on Earth” is how it’s being tagged, and I have high hopes for this circus-inspired period drama.


Incendies          Release Date: April 22 Genre: Foreign/Drama Rating: R
A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East to uncover their tangled roots.  A Canadian/French production.  Good news for those of you who wish to see a “sneak peek”, The Cinema Club will be screening the film prior to its release on April 17 at the Plaza Frontenac Theater.


Bride Flight          Release Date: April 29 Genre: Foreign/ Drama Rating: NR
The story of the women on the KLM flight that won the 1953 air race from London to Christchurch, New Zealand was screened with The Cinema Club on February 6 and has received recognition on the Bobby-james 2011 Tracker for notable acting, screenplay, cinematography and score.  It’s a beautiful film that captures human emotion and withstands the “tests of time”.


Caves of Forgotten Dreams          Release Date: April 29  Genre: Documentary Rating: NR

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog makes a return with this documentary about the Chauvet Caves in Southern France, where he was granted exclusive, first-time, filming rights to explore the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.


That’s the spring preview (if you like it, share it), though summer doesn’t officially start until late-June, Hollywood’s summer begins in May.  Expect a “Summer Preview” by month’s end or early in April.


– B.James


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