Starring (voices): Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly,
Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson & Robbie Coltrane
Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman for distribution by Disney/Pixar
The Plot: The impetuous daughter of royalty, a young princess and skilled archer breaks with tradition and ends up embroiled in a quest to save her kingdom.
The Final Word: After taking a detour with last year’s “Cars 2,” Pixar is back to doing what it does best; original storytelling with heart. Along with another stellar voice cast headlined by “Boardwalk Empire’s” Kelly MacDonald, “Brave” should re-elevate Disney and Pixar back to the awards caliber level it was add coming off of “Toy Story 3.”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk & Rufus Sewell
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov for distribution by 20th Century Fox
The Plot: Upon finding out vampires are planning on taking over the country, President Abraham Lincoln sets out a mission to destroy the undead before they enact their plan.
The Final Word: Yes, we actually just wrote the above! Based the very successful book by Seth Grahame-Smith, this unique spin on America’s past has been slowly building up buzz throughout the year. This will also mark director Timur Bekmambetov’s first feature since his 2008 summer hit “Wanted,” which should also draw in audiences.
SEEKING A FRIEND AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody,
Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey,
T.J. Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt & William Petersen
Directed by Lorene Scafaria for distribution by Focus Features
The Plot: With just weeks until an asteroid crashes into the Earth, a jilted insurance salesman embarks on quest to re-unite his high school sweetheart, along with help from his extroverted wild child neighbor.
The Final Word: While Steve Carell can clearly do slapstick style comedy, he has shown he also has the ability to branch out as well (i.e. the underrated “Dan In Real Life”). This film falls in the latter category as it comes from Lorene Scafaria, who wrote the brilliant screenplay for “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist.” If Scafaria, who is also making her directorial debut on the project, can re-capture any of “Playlist’s” unique style, this could be another well-received film. Unfortunately, these types of films, while well done, don’t normally translate well at the box office.