2011 turns extraordinary as 20th Century Fox rolls out a beaucoup of films contending for the biggest laughs, unmatched thrills and Oscar nods collaborated by today’s most trailblazing yet poignant filmmakers and actors.
Jack Black is one gigantic 3D comic hero in “Gulliver’s Travels,” based on Jonathan Swift’s book series for children. In the movie, Black’s Gulliver is an aspiring writer who has a lowly position in the mailroom at a newspaper. Hoping to impress his editor (Amanda Peet), he accepts a challenging assignment about The Bermuda Triangle that takes him on a dangerous seafaring adventure and lands on the shores of Lilliput.
Most relationships proceed from love to sex, but in the emotional comedy “Love & Other Drugs,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, this one goes the opposite direction. Hathaway is Maggie, an alluring free spirit who won’t let anything tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal), whose nearly infallible charm serve him well with women and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.
From “Slumdog Millionaire” filmmaker Danny Boyle comes another hard-hitting reality in “127 Hours” starring James Franco. The movie ticks a day based on the true story of adventurer Aron Ralston during the hiker’s harrowing quest for survival after losing an arm to a fallen rock and the grueling five-day ordeal that finally ended with his rescue.
Returning to hardcore psychological horror, director Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” starring Natalie Portman follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses as well. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
“Never Let Me Go” is based on the 2005 acclaimed novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Carey Mulligan (“Wall Street”) and Kiera Knightley, their characters live in a world and a time familiar yet unlike anything we know. The movie centers on Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, entangled in a love triangle and are scientific specimens, created in a laboratory and raised in order to provide their organs to severely ill patients. Confronted with the terrible truth of their fate, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.
Today’s Disney princess Selena Gomez goes on a trip with the stunning Leighton Meester in “Monte Carlo.” The movie follows a girl and her best friend who travel to Paris, accompanied by her future, uptight stepsister. When one of the girls is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress, they are caught up in a whirlwind of attention and find themselves going on a dream vacation to Monte Carlo.
Bad boy Martin Lawrence and Brandon Jackson (“Percy Jackson”) team up as mom and daughter in “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” as undercover agents FBI Agent Malcolm Turner and Trent at an all-girls’ school for the arts.
The humorous saga of middle school student Greg Heffley continues in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules.” This time, Greg deals with summer activities and the fact that his older brother Rodrick knows something embarrassing about him that Greg wants him to keep quiet about.
Anna Faris brings the house down with Chris Evans in the romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?” as a woman who looks back at the past twenty men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.
From the pages of classic Marvel mythology, “X-Men: First Class” takes us when Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr were two young men discovering their powers for the first time before they respectively took the names Professor X and Magneto. They were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
The flight of a rare bird specie named Blu in the kid-friendly family pic “Rio” featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg takes off on a colorful journey from Minnesota where Blu is a family pet. Blu takes a brave step when he decides to leave the perfect life and go for an unsure trip to the city of Rio de Janeiro where he meets Jewel, a female of his own kind. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on a journey that opened up to life’s many wonders.
“The Sitter” stars Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell in an all-out trip comedy about a college student on suspension who is tricked into babysitting the kids next door who is fully unprepared for the eccentric night ahead of him with two boys and a wild 8 year-old girl.
Fox once again employs in “Caesar: Rise of the Apes” groundbreaking technologies developed for “Avatar” and will render for the first time ever photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. “Rise of the Apes” is an origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Felton, Brian Cox and Tom Felton.
Jim Carrey inherits an unfathomable loot of six penguins in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Co-starring Carla Gugino, Carrey’s life of a businessman begins to change after the inheritance as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland eventually unraveling his real professional talent.