First up, “Planet 51“. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this not-Pixar-so-not-as-good CGI-fest about an American astronaut who discovers life on a new planet. Strangely, evolution seems to have paralleled Earth’s, with 50′s-era culture in place. This is one of those cutesy movies with a ton of sight gags, “in” references to science fiction and space, and probably a lot of screaming masquerading as actual comedy. Your kids will love it, but you’ll probably want to bring a book. Check out the trailer below:
Next up is “New Moon“, the next installment in the “Twilight” franchise. The populace seems to be pretty divided about this series, with some clutching it to their heaving bosoms and declaring undying (or undead) love, and others wishing for a stake through the heart — their own hearts, which will spare them from having to live through another two movies after this second one flies out. I’ve neither read the books nor seen the movies, but even before all this hype, I was done with vampires. There’s nothing new going on, nothing exciting happening, and I’m a werewolf fan anyway.
So imagine my surprise to find a guy who turns not just into a wolf, but a gigantic freaking wolf at that. More like a dire wolf, my D&D brethren. That almost got me interested, until I saw the trailer with all of Bella’s moping smack in place, and I just went and had a steak instead. It’s unlikely that this movie will change your opinion of “Twilight” either way, but hey, at least there’s werewolves in it. Check out the trailer below: