Starring: Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto,
Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt & Mickey Rourke
Directed by Tarsem Singh for distribution by Relativity Media
The Plot: A young villager out for revenge becomes the world’s only hope to stop a ruthless King’s quest to overthrow the Gods of Olympus.
The Final Word: Before he becomes the “Man of Steel,” audiences are about to get their first good look at the next man to don the legendary cape and red “S.” Starring Henry Cavill, “Immortals” is out to wipe the bad 3D taste last year’s “Clash of the Titans” left in the mouth of moviegoers. With a strong ensemble cast including Mickey Rourke as the film’s villain and Freida Pinto as Cavill’s love interest, Relativity could see a strong reaction from viewers who have been buzzing about this picture for a while. “Immortals” will also see the return of visionary director Tarsem Singh, who has mostly stayed out of the spotlight since helming Jennifer Lopez’s “The Cell” back in 2000.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench,
Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas & Ken Howard
Directed by Clint Eastwood for distribution by Warner Brothers
The Plot: The story behind the story of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover and his incredible rise to power while hiding his own demons from the world.
The Final Word: To the public, J. Edgar Hoover helped lead one of the country’s one most prominent investigational bureaus, but in private he held secrets that could have destroyed him and everything he helped build. With Leonardo DiCaprio playing Hoover and Clint Eastwood at the helm, this sure to be controversial bio-pic has Oscar-bait written all over it and is sure to be a favorite this award season.
JACK AND JILL
Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes & Al Pacino
Directed by Dennis Dugan for distribution by Columbia Pictures (Sony)
The Plot: A family man prepares for the annual Thanksgiving visit of his needy and over-bearing twin sister.
The Final Word: Adam Sandler made a name for himself on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” by bringing a number of memorable characters to life. Since then he’s created another bunch of memorable characters on film, but with “Jack and Jill,” it looks like he’s channeling his “Gap Girl” days. Appearing as both “Jack” and in drag as “Jill,” Sandler will still be a draw to audiences, but it’s hard to imagine this one coming anywhere near the ranks of “Happy Gilmore” or “The Wedding Singer.”
Previewed next week: Happy Feet Two & Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1