February Movies!

| 1/29/2009 12:56:56 PM

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Since we last talked movies, I’ve seen Slumdog Millionaire (excellent), Defiance (very good), and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (awful). That means I’ve seen two of the five Best Picture nominees for the Oscars next month. (I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button earlier this month.) Doubt if I’ll make it to the other three: The ReaderMilk and Frost/Nixon, although Reader and Frost/Nixon are both playing locally at the moment.

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, among others.

My movie-going time this weekend may be limited, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to see New in Town or Taken (both being released tomorrow), InkheartGran Torino and Frost/Nixon. I may get to one, although I need to catch up on quite a few television shows stored on the DVR and on tape.

Frost/Nixon stars Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

So what’s coming out in February? Here are a few that I’m putting on my list (there are slim pickin’s this month, folks).

Coraline: From a book by Neil Gaiman, Coraline tells the tale of a young girl who finds a secret door leading to an alternate version of her life. The animation, in stop-motion, looks great in the trailers. Be warned, it may be rated PG but it has the look of a spooky, scary story; afterall, the story is called a fairy-tale nightmare, and it’s directed by Henry Selick, who brought us Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and Ian McShane. Opens February 6.

Jean Teller
2/2/2009 9:58:17 AM

Yes, "The Corpse Bride" was pretty good. I've never seen "Nightmare Before Christmas" all the way through - another for my to-rent list, I'd say. I saw another trailer for "Coraline" recently, and it's a must-see-in-the-theater kinda of movie! Saw "Taken" this weekend (not bad, just very predictable), and I hear "Milk" starts this next weekend, so I know which movie I'll be seeing then!

Cindy Murphy
1/30/2009 7:42:34 AM

Coraline is definitely on my teenager's list of must-sees. She loved "The Nightmare Before Christmas"; one of her all-time favorites. "The Corpse Bride" follows close behind. I didn't care too much for the first - some of the musical numbers were too drawn out for my tastes, but I enjoyed watching "The Corpse Bride". I've seen 'the how it was made' DVD on my daughter's two DVD set of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and am amazed at the amount of work that goes into these types of films.

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