Monsters vs. Aliens
Plot: A ragtag group of monsters team up to protect Earth from an alien invasion.
Looks like: The Incredibles meets Monsters Inc.
Verdict: With such obvious debts to two of Pixar’s biggest hits, this save-the-world adventure feels a little stale. Maybe seeing it in 3-D will add another dimension?
Plot: A young man (David Kross) in postwar Germany discovers the horrible truth about the woman he loves (Kate Winslet).
Looks like: The most depressing movie ever. In a good way.
Verdict: The story looks riveting, Winslet looks fantastic, and that German boy is giving me weird Michael York flashbacks. I’ll definitely be at this one opening night — I just might mix some antidepressants in with my Junior Mints.
Plot:The true story of the 1950’s Chicago-based record label run by LeonardChess (Adrien Brody), featuring legends like Muddy Waters (JeffreyWright), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), and Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles).
Looks like: Dreamgirls II
Verdict: Beyoncé — who executive produced the movie — looksand sounds pitch-perfect as Etta James. If the drama is as passionateas the music, Cadillac could drive all the way to the Oscars.
The Tale of Despereaux
Plot: A misfit mouse gets in trouble for befriending a human princess.
Looks like: Ratatouille meets Shrek. What’s with all the copycat ‘toons?
Verdict: Despereaux’s source book is a Newberry Medal winner, but this mouse-centric movie looks a little…cheesy.