In Theaters Now: March 19
The Bounty Hunter
directed by Andy Tennant
Tabloid fodder Jennifer Aniston and action star Gerard Butler join forces in The Bounty Hunter. Butler plays Milo, an unlucky bounty hunter who gets his dream job of hunting down his bail-dodging ex-wife Nicole, played by Aniston, a reporter. The result is a cat-and-mouse chase, with Nicole chasing a murder cover-up story and Milo chasing her. Soon after this chase begins, both parties find themselves on the run for their lives. Director Andy Tennant is mostly known for his flops (Fool’s Gold) but the combined star power of Aniston and Butler could make The Bounty Hunter a box office smash.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
directed by Thor Freudenthal
Based on writer Jeff Kinney’s popular web-comic, Diary of a Wimpy Kid focuses on seventh grader Greg Heffle, played by Zachary Gordon. The movie, which features a combination of live action and animation, follows Greg as he documents his school year in a diary his mother forces him to write. While director Thor Freudenthal is known for his recent bomb Hotel for Dogs, it seems that the supporting cast may save Diary with Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn as Greg’s parents and (500) Days of Summer scene-stealer Chloë Moretz as Greg’s classmate.
directed by Floria Sigismondi
Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning break away from the franchise and star in The Runaways a biopic based on the 1970s girl band of the same name. The movie follows Joan Jett (Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Fanning) as they ascend from L.A. street kids to rock stars. Runaways had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and also had its share of controversies, with one member of the band wanting her portrayal out of the movie. With a supporting cast including Michael Shannon, Tatum O’Neal, and Alia Shawkat Runaways is poised to be a hit.
directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Anyone else get the feeling that they’ve heard this story before? Repo Men follows two (gasp!) repo men (Jude Law and Forest Whitaker) in the near future. In this future a company called The Union creates expensive mechanical organs for those in need of one. If a customer fails to make the payments on the artificial organ, then the repo men come and take the organ back. Repo Men has a very similar story to the 2008, now cult, movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, with the main difference between the two being that the latter is a musical. Men focuses on Remy (Whitaker) a repo man who has cardiac failure while on the job and wakes up with a new heart and a hefty debt. When he can’t make the payments, The Union sends Remy’s former partner Jake (Law) to track him down. Here’s hoping the combined talents of Whitaker and Law are enough to save this movie from becoming one of the year’s biggest bombs.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
directed by Niels Arden Oplev
An import from Sweden, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo focuses on a murder mystery. Forty years prior, Harrient Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on an island owned and inhabited by the Vanger family. Although her body was never found her uncle is convinced that she was murdered and believes that the killer is a member or his own family. He hires a disgraced financial journalist and a tattooed, ruthless computer hacker to investigate. When Harriet’s disappearance is linked to murders that occurred around the same time, the pair unravels a dark family history. The movie is the first in the late Swedish author Steig Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” with the other two movies completed. See this movie before Hollywood comes along and remakes it.