2010 Winter Movie Preview: March
Alice in Wonderland (March 5)
The idea of Tim Burton filming an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" -- with Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter, of course -- seems so perfect that it's a little hard to believe it hasn't happened already. Yet here we are: Disney will kick off 2010's spring movie madness the first week of March with a 3-D reimagining of the classic Lewis Carroll tale that should be a good deal darker than the version you're probably used to. (In other words, leave the little ones at home.)
Green Zone (March 12)
While Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass take their sweet time delivering a fourth installment to the "Bourne" franchise, content yourself with "Green Zone," which reunites the star and director for an Iraq-based action thriller that tries to do the impossible -- namely, make American audiences want to buy tickets for a movie that reminds them of the bloody mess in Baghdad. No one's been able to do it yet, but Damon just might have enough box office mojo to pull it off.
Hot Tub Time Machine (March 19)
"Hot Tub Time Machine" is the most anticipated comedy of the season, and for good reason -- John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke star as four unhappy middle-aged friends who get drunk, pass out in a hot tub, and wake up in 1986. You couldn't ask for a better cast or a more promising premise, and with supporting turns from Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase rounding it out, we'll be very surprised if this doesn't turn out to be the "Hangover" of early 2010.
Season of the Witch (March 26)
Are we really suggesting that a Nicolas Cage thriller about a medieval knight trying to save the world from a witch is going to be one of the winter's best movies? Well, no. But where Cage goes, unintentional comedy often follows, and something about that noble-yet-confused squint in Cage's eye on the poster tells us that "Season of the Witch" will be so bad it's good.
Clash of the Titans (March 26)
It's sadly lacking Burgess Meredith or Harry Hamlin, but Louis Leterrier's "Clash of the Titans" remake does feature one of the most badass action stars of the century (Sam Worthington, in case you were wondering) and a boatload of nifty special effects that, while perhaps lacking the homespun charm of Ray Harryhausen's work, should provide the eye-popping action spectacle you're bound to be craving by late March. Release the kraken!
How to Train Your Dragon (March 26)
DreamWorks doesn't have the smoothest track record when it comes to family animation -- and a troubling budget bloat kept last year's hugely successful "Monsters vs. Aliens" from becoming the franchise the studio needs to take over for "Shrek" -- but if you're looking to get the kids out of the house after a long winter, this 3-D action yarn about a viking teenager and his flying dragon should do the trick.