by Drew Von Bergen
I Am Number Four (PG-13)
Director DJ Caruso, best known for his teen thrillers Disturbia and Eagle Eye, helms this adaption of a bestselling book by the same name. Alex Pettyfer stars as a young man with special powers who goes on the run to evade capture from powerful enemies. Timothy Olyphant and Glee’s Dianna Agron costar in this sci-fi adventure flick.
Liam Neeson stars as a man who recovers from an accident to discover that nobody, including his wife (Mad Men’s January Jones), believes that he is wh he says he is. Diane Krugar has a supporting role in this mystery thriller by Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra.
Drive Angry 3D (R)
In this violent 3D action thriller, Nicolas Cage plays a man who escapes from hell to save his baby daughter. Amber Heard and Billy Burke costar. The writer/director is Patrick Lussier, who also wrote and directed the fun horror-thriller My Bloody Valentine 3D.
Hall Pass (Not Yet Rated)
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikes star as men whose wives, played by Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer, allow them a one-week break from marriage. The picture comes from comedy veterans the Farrelly brothers, who have previously produced There’s Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber.
Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Carribean), this animated film features the voice of Johnny Depp as the titular character, a chameleon who becomes the sheriff in a small western town. The voice actors wore costumes and performed on sets, to help the actors understand the feel of the movie.
The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)
Bourne writer George Nolfi tries his hand at directing, and reteams with Matt Damon for this adaption of a Philip K. Dick story. In the sci-fi thriller, a mysterious group does everything in their power to keep apart a young politician and a beautiful dancer (played by Matt Damon and Emily Blunt).
The film has been described as Beauty and the Beast with a modern twist. Alex Pettyfer stars as a New York pretty boy whose good looks are taken away by a curse that forces him to find love within a year. Vanessa Hudgens also stars as a love interest.
Battle: Los Angeles (Not Yet Rated)
Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez star as Marines in this grand scale special effects-heavy film in which Los Angeles is under attack by alien invaders. Reactions to the first trailers have been particularly impressive for what seems to be the first huge budget release of the year.
Red Riding Hood (Not Yet Rated)
Amanda Seyfreid stars as Red Riding Hood in this adaption of the classic tale. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is at the helm, and film is being aimed at the Twilight crowd.