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January – April 2011 in Film

After the flood of Oscar-approved movies at the end of the year, the first couple months of each year are notoriously slow for movies. But now that we’re a third of the way through 2011, there have been some pretty interesting releases. Yes, January and February were filled with the usual mainstream dreck, but also a couple of indies that got lost in the shuffle. And through March and April, we saw a mix of a few quality blockbusters and unique smaller films. As always, there have been box office flops and surprise hits. First, here’s a look at the 10 highest grossing films of the year so far (ranked by U.S. box office results):

  1. Rango – $120m
  2. Hop – $105.6m
  3. Rio – $102.8m
  4. Just Go With It – $102.8m
  5. The Green Hornet – $98.8m
  6. Gnomeo and Juliet – $98.8m
  7. Fast Five – $98.6m
  8. Battle: Los Angeles – $82.8m
  9. Limitless – $76.3m
  10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $73m

Now, the big player there aside from cartoons is the new release Fast Five, which made almost as much in its first weekend as The Green Hornet did during its entire run. Meanwhile other more “cerebral” wide releases, such as The Adjustment Bureau and Source Code turned in solid but not spectacular box office results.

Here’s a look (in poster form!) at what seem like the most interesting offerings of 2011, so far. I’ve seen a couple of them, and the rest are all on my to-watch list.


Movie Trailer Round-Up: Beginners, Perfect Sense, The Conspirator, Limitless, Kaboom

Believe it or not, there are still movie coming out this year. The world doesn’t stop for the Oscars, apparently. So here are a few trailers for some upcoming films. I recognize a few as TIFF movie that didn’t get picked up for 2010 release, and there are, as always, a few big blockbusters, too.


Release Date: June 3, 2011

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent

This movie looks really, really good. Like, REALLY good. It’s a beautifully constructed trailer. The voice-over work from McGregor does a good job of laying out the story without seeming forced. I also like that it shows you enough of the plot to get you intrigued without showing the whole movie (alright, maybe it shows a little too much, but what trailer doesn’t these days?) It looks like McGregor and Plummer both give great performances, and I love the dog. The trailer made me smile, and I like movies that balance funny, life-affirming moments with heavy subject matter. I remember this movie got pretty good reviews at TIFF, and I am now officially excited.

Perfect Sense

Release Date: TBA?

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green

Basically, take the opposite of my thoughts on the Beginners trailer, and you’ve got my opinion for Perfect Sense‘s trailer. They are trying so hard to make this trailer look cryptic and intriguing, but in execution it accomplishes neither. There is far too much heavy-handed narration, and it looks like they simply compiled the film’s most “dramatic”. It could have been intriguing as a one-minute teaser, but instead we get two and a half minutes of muddled clips that have no meaning out of context. Maybe the film will be interesting (it has a sci-fi element, if my memory serves me), but I feel like I know nothing about it after watching this trailer.

The Conspirator

Release Date: April 15, 2011

Cast: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Johnny Simmons, Tony Kebbel, Jonathan Groff

It’s a really nicely put-together trailer. The Conspirator looks like your standard U.S. period piece fare, but at an elevated level. We get a peak at everyone in this massive cast, and aside from Alexis Bledel (who looks kind of dreadful), I liked the looks of everyone (especially McAvoy, but probably because he got far more screen time than anyone else here). It might not be my favourite genre, but I’m pretty excited for this, based on the cast and effective trailer.


Release Date: March 18, 2011

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish

I always am intrigued by films about writers, but this doesn’t look good. The concept of an all-powerful drug that lets you access your entire brain could make for a really intriguing movie with lots of moral questions. This is not that movie. It looks like some kind of weird crossbreed between a superhero movie and Eagle Eye, and it does not seem promising.


Release Date: TBA

Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple

Despite some strange tonal shifts in this trailer, it looks interesting. I feel like it’ll play out better as a full-length movie, rather than a two-minute collection of punch lines. It’s also nice to see Haley Bennett getting some more work (yes, it’s Cora Corman from Music and Lyrics!). Definitely intriguing, but I’ll reserve judgement for now.