The final film from late director George Hickenlooper stars Kevin Spacey as disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (The similarly-titled 2010 film Casino Jack and the United States of Money 68 received better reviews for its documentary look at the same subject.)
[April 8] Based on the third -- and some would say, best -- book in the series of children's adventures by C.S. Lewis, Dawn Treader's magic-filled sea voyage made less of a positive impression on critics than its two predecessors, despite direction from Michael Apted.
A pleasant surprise from late 2010 that scared away some moviegoers (and would-be distributors) due to its subject matter, this dark comedy from the writers of Bad Santa stars Jim Carrey as father, husband and con man Steven Jay Russell, who falls in love with his male cellmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) after he is imprisoned. When Morris is released, Russell escapes from prison -- four times -- in order to be with him again.
The third -- and, given its miserable reviews and box-office drop-off compared to 2004’s Meet the Fockers, hopefully final -- film in the comedy franchise, Little Fockers revolves around Ben Stiller’s character being a parent of twins. Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Barbra Streisand, and Razzie-winner Jessica Alba also star, with director Paul Weitz (American Pie) taking over for Jay Roach.
Despite over a year of hype and millions of dollars worth of impressive 3D effects, this belated sequel to Disney's 1982 videogame-centric film Tron -- itself, never a hit -- was mostly a disappointment, both commercially and critically. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner return from the first film, joined by Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, while electronica duo Daft Punk provides the score.
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Gwyneth Paltrow stars (and sings) alongside real-life country star Tim McGraw in this music-filled drama centered on a washed-up country singer.
[April 15] With Part 2 of the final Harry Potter film arriving in theaters July 15, you'll have three months to get reacquainted with last fall's Part 1, which finds Harry, Ron, and Hermione going on a road trip of sorts as they seek out the source of Voldemort’s power. The film features the same director (David Yates) and writer (Steve Kloves) as the well-received sixth installment.
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The latest critically acclaimed film from a director (Claire Denis) who has many to her name, this French-language drama is set in an unnamed, war-torn African nation, where a white landowner (Isabelle Huppert) refuses to abandon her coffee plantation when rebel soldiers advance on the area.
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Only a strong foreign take saved this effects-heavy Jack Black comedy -- based on Jonathan Swift's classic story about a man who finds himself a giant when he is shipwrecked in a land of miniature people -- from being a complete failure.
A winner of four Oscars including best picture, Tom Hooper's period dramedy follows the future King George VI (Academy Award winner Colin Firth), who must overcome his stuttering problem with the help of a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) when his brother Edward abdicates the English throne. The top-notch cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce.
Adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this positively-reviewed drama focuses on a couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) fighting to save their marriage after the death of their 4-year-old son in an auto accident. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs.
The fourth feature from Sofia Coppola is, like her second (Lost in Translation), a dramedy set mostly within the confines of a landmark hotel, though it didn't connect with critics or audiences the way that earlier film did. This time, the hotel in question is Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, and the action (such as it is) revolves around hotel resident Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a bad-boy actor who receives an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).
[April 22] Released in January, Peter Weir's historical drama about escapees from a Siberian labor camp in the 1940s was the only general release film to receive positive reviews this winter. Colin Farrell and Ed Harris star.
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