The Lovely Bones: I lamely never made it out to the theater to see this, even though I AM DYING TO. 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered and now exists in a dream world where she watches her still-living family fall apart – and her killer (Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci) starting to pick out his next victim. One of my favorite books, I’m imagining Peter Jackson channeled his mastery of female teenage angst a la Heavenly Creatures and turned out something the author and fans of the story can be proud of.
The Young Victoria: Love, love, LOVE this movie! Everything you could ask for from a period romance. Beautiful scenery and sets, a well-written script, and Emily Blunt is perfect as the 18-year-old Queen who must defend herself against a selfish mother and Uncle while struggling with falling in love. Paul Bettany also kicks some serious ass as super-smarmy Lord Melbourne.
Crazy Heart: Normally this sounds like the kind of film I’d skip – a broken down, hard-drinking Country singer trying to make a comeback starts up a relationship with a chick half his age and finds salvation? Eh. BUT now because of all the talk (and you know, the Awards) about this thing, I’m curious about the performances. Jeff Bridges is pretty rad and Maggie Gyllenhaal is selling it me, so I’ll give it a go.