Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

Although comic-book movies are becoming about as predictable and frequent as Megan Fox’s torso on the cover of a men’s magazine, Kick-Ass looks set to throw a metaphorical spanner into the genre. Based on a popular graphic novel series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, Kick–Ass follows the plight of an average high school boy who decides to become a crime-fighting superhero, despite having no powers. Sounds simple enough, but add murder, gangsters, sex, beatings, and a foul-mouthed, 12-year-old assassin trained by her father (played by Nicolas Cage) and you have a story that was considered “too dark” to be made into a mainstream movie. A more confronting and realistic look at the notion of heroism for the YouTube and Google generation, Kick-Ass offers a substantial alternative to the fluffy, popcorn super-hero movies. Oh, and the guy who played McLovin’ is also in there for good measure. Kick-Ass is out late April.

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Precious

Precious

This puppy is one of the hot Oscar favourites and has already taken out the Special Jury Price for acting, the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto earlier this year. Based on the novel Push, by Sapphire, this film is heavy stuff (and I’m not referring to the lead actress either). Set in Harlem, the film follows Precious; an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child. Invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can take a new direction, she has to first confront the many issues that have contributed to her situation. Along with the skill of executive producer Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels, the brilliance behind this film has been attributed to the strength of its three lead actresses; newcomer Gabby Sidibe as Precious, Mo’Nique as her abusive mother Mary and particularly Mariah Carey as the school counselor.

While Carey’s presence in a small, low-budget, complex drama may surprise a few, the diva had to undergo some physical changes for the role including having to wear no makeup and a prosthetic nose for the shoot. In fact, she may have even bucked the memory of Glitter amongst critics with whispers of a potential best supporting actress Oscar nod. But really, it’s no secret that I’m a hardcore Mariah fan from way back, and emit a high-pitched squeal of appreciation for anything she does. Anything, you hear me all you Glitter haters! Precious is out in February. FYI I’m quite in love with both of the posters.

The Expendables

The Expendables

What they lack in brainpower, they make up for in biceps. Prepare for a testosterone overload as Sly Stallone jumps back into the directors chair for The Expendables, a film with possibly the best cast for an action movie ever. Seriously. Along with taking creative control, Sly stars as the leader of a team of mercenaries who head to South America to overthrow a dictator.

Some of the other stars include Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo, Brittany Murphy, Charisma Carpenter and Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first return to the big screen since being elected governor. While the trailer has more explosions than Michael Bay on the fourth of July, The Expendables sounds and looks like a heck of a lot of fun. Sure, there’s bound to be plenty of clich├ęs and action movie-isms, but you can always count on Stallone for entertainment value. The Expendables is out towards the end of August.

A Couple Of Dicks

A Couple Of Dicks

I know, with a title like this you would expect some very interesting poster art, would you not? From the man who brought you such giggle inducing titles as Zac And Miri Make A Porno, comes Kevin Smith’s latest comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two cops trying to track down a stolen baseball card. Sounds simple enough, but the duo run into a few hurdles in the form of gangsters, laundered money and a damsel in distress.

Former Gossip Girl Michelle Trachtenberg, Seann William Scott, Smith regular Jason Lee and Adam Brody also feature in the supporting cast. Smith’s signature raunchy humour and fanboy appeal isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of his previous work, this should be something to look forward to. February 25 is when you can see A Couple Of Dicks.