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Preview: 2010’s blockbusters

With just a few weeks to go, with several possible Oscar contenders to be released until the end of the year, the first months of 2010 also look promising for adventure and costly CGI. Early in January, Warner Bros. will be releasing the next Denzel Washington star vehicle, a post-apocalyptic story, where an inevitably lone hero fights his way across America’s wasteland. He’s the protector of a sacred book that may hold the key to saving humanity. Bad guy in this film directed by brothers Albert and Allen Hughes, is none other than Gary Oldman. In the US, it kicks off screens on January 15, in Romania it can be seen one week later.


One of next year’s most anticipated movies is Peter Jackson’s latest project, some eight years after the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lovely Bones, featuring Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon. The story unfolds in 1973 in Pennsylvania, where a 14 year old girl disappears mysteriously. The next time the audience meets Susie, she is in her own personalized version of “heaven.” She meets Holly, another dead girl, and they strike up a friendship. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the thing she most wants: to be back with the people she loved on Earth. The film opens worldwide on January 15. On January 22, you are invited to step into fight, with none other than the heavenly angels by your side. British actor Paul Bettany leads the cast of “Legion,” a fantastic film dealing with…guess what?… the end of the world. When God loses faith in humanity, he sends a legion of angels to wipe out the human race. It’s only hope is a group of misfits holed up in a diner, aided by the archangel Michael. So, if you really must pay to this one, expect it in cinemas on January 25 and in Romania later in February.


Two days before Valentines’ Day, prepare for some scares, as the latest werewolf movie will be on worldwide screens. Benicio del Toro stars in “Wolfman”, inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, bringing the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. On February 19, Martin Scorsese is back with his favorite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, exploring a psychological thriller. Set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on Shutter Island. The film, also featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben Kingsley, opens on February 19. In Romania it can be seen in March.


Tim Burton’s next widely anticipated fantasy, Alice in Wonderland, featuring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter will kick off screens worldwide on March 5. We all know the story, and have seen it adapted for the screen before, but with Burton we can only expect new twists and wonderful animation.


On March 26, also with worldwide release, we get to be back to Olympus and see Greek gods at work with the remake of “Clash of the Gods,” much improved with CGI and an international cast. Last but not least, in May comes the screen adaptation of the successful video game Prince of Persia, Sands of Time. Featuring Jake Gyllenhall, the film tells the story of an adventurous prince teaming up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

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