I Love You, Man
directed by John Hamburg
Jason Segel and Paul Rudd may be starring, but don’t let that fool you—this is not a Judd Apatow movie. Now that that’s out of the way, the movie tells the story of a friendless groom (Rudd) looking to fill the best man spot in his wedding party. Enter Segel, who carries over his slacker, man-child persona from Forgetting Sarah Marshall to be that man. Director Hamburg, who brought us Along Came Polly and is reported to be on tap to helm the new Fockers flick (he wrote Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers), seems to be finding his groove in big-ticket comedies after spending the last few years directing on the small screen. The movie also co-stars the always-winning Rashida Jones as the dedicated bride-to-be in the hopefully not-so-thankless female role in the (totally platonic) bromantic comedy.
directed by Tony Gilroy
Gilroy’s writing credits include the three films in the Bourne trilogy, so Duplicity, another spy movie, is right up his alley. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, who partnered in a mismatched union for 2004’s Closer, come back together for a steamier outing this time, starring as ex-spies-turned-corporate operatives Claire Stenwick and Ray Koval; rivals in the work field but clandestine lovers during off-hours. Gilroy’s last writer-director credit (Michael Clayton) earned him an Oscar nomination, and while this movie might not be a serious contender, it still promises a good time.
directed by Alex Proyas
In 2007’s National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Nic Cage tried to uncover the mystery in the pages of an old diary. This year he trades his treasure hunter hat for that of a professor’s to decode the mysteries in an equally mysterious document. As John Koestler, Cage plays an MIT professor who decodes a message found in a time capsule at his son’s school that has accurately predicted every major natural catastrophe of the past 50 years. The document unveils three more catastrophes—the last of which is of apocalyptic proportions and somehow involves Koestler and his son. Director Proyas has made more than 100 music videos in his career and brings his distinct, sharp eye to the project. No stranger to futuristic settings, Proyas directed Will Smith in I, Robot and the late Brandon Lee in The Crow.
directed by Cary Fukunaga
Focus Features’ first foray into foreign-language flicks, Sin Nombre follows Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a Honduran teenager, and El Smiley and El Casper (Kristian Ferrer and Edgar Flores, respectively), two young gang members from other parts of Central America who take a 2,000-mile journey on a freight train through Mexico in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves in the United States. Fukunaga’s feature debut could be seen as a continuation of his Student Academy Award-winning short, Victoria Para Chino, also about people in Mexico trying to cross the boarder. Fukunaga has already won 11 major festival awards in his nascent career and is on tap to become a major moviemaking force.