We’re a week away from Christmas, but you might notice that there aren’t any Christmas movies coming out this year. Yeah, it’s cause we totally didn’t go to the ones they made last year. Don’t fret though! Instead of watching another movie about some schmuck becoming Santa Claus, there are two Jeff Bridges movies coming out in the next two weeks, “TRON: Legacy” this week and “True Grit” next week! It’s kinda like our own little holiday.
The Movie: “TRON: Legacy”
The Trailer: A sequel to the 1982 sci-fi “TRON,” where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) gets pulled into his own video game, 20 years later, Flynn’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) goes to his father’s abandoned arcade and gets pulled into the TRON video-game server by Clu, Flynn’s digital alter ego. Sam fights digital soldiers with light force, falls for a digital lady (Olivia Wilde) and goes on motorcycle chases through the Grid world, reunited with his father who’s been trapped by Clu (played by a digitally re-mastered Bridges) and the two must find a way out.
The Hitch: The original “TRON” was a bit of an embarrassment for Disney, bringing in a measly amount at the box office, but it’s since become a cult classic and demonstrated all sorts of awesome technology and that glimmering sci-fi future that never came. With the additional movie magic technology, Jeff Bridges, and a Daft Punk soundtrack, the remake is bound to kill it.
The Movie: “Yogi Bear”
The Trailer: Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) are back to their pic-nic thieving ways and the Jellystone Park ranger (Tom Cavanagh) is trying to save the park from an mean politician.
The Hitch: I’m kind of really impressed by Justin Timberlake’s Boo Boo voice-over work—who knew he had that lurking under that hot exterior? And you’ve gotta love Anna Farris and Dan Aykroyd. But unless you’re a huge fan or you’ve got kids, this is just another cartoon from our past coming back to haunt us.
The Movie: “How Do You Know”
The Trailer: Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is a professional softball player, at the end of her career, trying to choose between the upbeat major league baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) or the anxious businessman George (Paul Rudd), who’s under federal investigation. She’s also got to figure out what she’s doing with her life.
The Hitch: I guess the question is, how do you know if you’re in love or what to do in general? But you can probably already figure out who she picks. Either way, I love all three of these actors and no matter how this movie might look, it has potential for some cute moments. It will most likely flop, but rom-coms are my life force.
The Movie: “Casino Jack”
The Trailer: Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) is a Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman who was involved in a massive corruption scandal that led to the conviction of himself, two White House officials, Rep. Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and congressional staff members. He was convicted of fraud, conspiracy, tax evasion and of trading expensive gifts for political favors.
The Hitch: I feel like it’s been a while since Spacey has had a really juicy role to bite into, and Abramoff is a true story which is probably worth telling. I like all these movies coming out about real-life cunning criminals who tried to cheat the law. Not to mention that Spacey is brilliant and needs roles like this to fill out.
The Movie: “Frankie & Alice”
The Trailer: Frankie Murdoch (Halle Berry) is a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles. Under the therapy of Dr. Oz (Stellan Skarsgård), they find that she has been blacking out and waking up in different places while her multiple personalities have taken over.
The Hitch: Halle Berry looks fantastic in this role and it appears that she put her all into portraying the true story of Frankie Murdoch. It will be interesting to see how psychological disorders were dealt with nearly four decades ago. So far, the film is only playing in Los Angeles, but look forward to a limited release in February!