DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS

Leigh Paatsch re­views the best and the worst of the year.

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COM­EDY

Cur­rent diagnosis: Started the year in very poor con­di­tion ( Morn­ing Glory, The Dilemma,

How Do You Know). Pa­tient has seemed list­less and dim at times ( Paul, Arthur ), and of­ten prone to rep­e­ti­tion ( The Hang­over Part II ). Health im­proved sharply af­ter a re­cent wed­ding in the fam­ily ( Brides­maids ), but will con­tinue to have more bad days than good for the rest of the year.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Bad Teacher ( Cameron Diaz, Justin Tim­ber­lake) July 21;

Hor­ri­ble Bosses ( Ja­son Bate­man, Jen­nifer Anis­ton) Au­gust 25;

Mid­night in Paris ( Owen Wil­son, Rachel McA­dams) Oc­to­ber 20;

50/ 50 ( Seth Ro­gen, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt) Novem­ber 10.

HOR­ROR

Cur­rent diagnosis: Doesn’t seem to get out much. Blood count ap­pears way down com­pared with pre­vi­ous years. Pa­tient sus­pi­ciously po­lite ( In­sid­i­ous ), light-hearted ( Scream 4) and a lit­tle bit silly ( The Rite ) lately. Nasty streak sure to re­turn soon.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Fright Night ( Colin Far­rell, Toni Col­lette) Septem­ber 8;

The Thing ( Joel Edger­ton, Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead) Oc­to­ber 13;

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark ( Guy Pearce) Oct-Nov;

In­trud­ers ( Clive Owen) Novem­ber 10.

AN­I­MA­TION

Cur­rent diagnosis: As bright and bouncy as ever, but wit and inspiration be­com­ing wor­ry­ingly spo­radic. For ev­ery great burst of en­ergy in 2011 ( Rango, Tan­gled ), there have been some flat days in­deed ( Yogi Bear, Hop). Can no longer count on boost from Pixar vi­ta­min shot ( Cars 2).

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments: The Smurfs Septem­ber 15; The Lion King 3D Septem­ber 22; Puss in Boots De­cem­ber 8; Happy Feet 2 De­cem­ber 26.

HOL­LY­WOOD BLOCK­BUSTERS

Cur­rent diagnosis: The weight of car­ry­ing the en­tire in­dus­try is be­gin­ning to show, as is re­peated abuse of 3D steroids. On eve of the US sum­mer, has come down with se­vere bouts of se­quel-itis, re­make-ism and the dreaded comic-book-re­boot virus. Harry Pot­ter’s swan­song will cure all ills for now but health in long-term re­mains of concern. Needs rest.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Cow­boys & Aliens ( Daniel Craig, Har­ri­son Ford) Au­gust 18; The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn: Part 1 ( Robert Pat­tin­son, Kris­ten Ste­wart) Novem­ber 17; Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble: Ghost Pro­to­col ( Tom Cruise, Jeremy Ren­ner) De­cem­ber 15; The Ad­ven­tures of TinTin: The Se­cret of the Uni­corn ( Jamie Bell, Si­mon Pegg) De­cem­ber 26.

DRAMA

Cur­rent diagnosis: Has its pleas­ing ups ( Lim­it­less, Bar­neys

Ver­sion ) and dis­ap­point­ing downs ( Hereafter, The Way Back) but feel­ing bet­ter over­all than most other pa­tients. As al­ways, con­di­tion peaks around Os­car

time ( True Grit, Black Swan) and post-Cannes ( The Tree of Life ). Plenty to look for­ward to.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments: Win Win ( Paul Gia­matti) Aug 18; The Debt ( Sam Wor­thing­ton, He­len Mir­ren) Oc­to­ber 27;

We Need to Talk About Kevin ( John C. Reilly, Tilda Swin­ton) Nov 11;

The Iron Lady ( Meryl Streep) De­cem­ber 26.

AC­TION/ THRILLER

Cur­rent diagnosis: Has been in strap­ping form since start of year ( Un­stop­pable ), and re­mind­ing ev­ery­one on a monthly ba­sis whether flex­ing its brawn ( Thor, X-Men: First Class ) or brain ( 127

Hours, Source Code). Will stay in rude health through­out 2011.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Hanna ( Saoirse Ro­nan, Eric Bana) July 28;

Ab­duc­tion ( Tay­lor Laut­ner, Sigour­ney Weaver) Septem­ber 22;

Con­ta­gion ( Matt Da­mon, Kate Winslet) Oc­to­ber 20;

Tower Heist ( Ben Stiller, Casey Af­fleck) De­cem­ber 26.

AUS­TRALIAN FILMS

Cur­rent diagnosis: Spent the first half of 2011 as a fever­ish cot case ( The Reef, A Heart­beat Away), some­times tee­ter­ing on the brink of a coma ( Sleep­ing Beauty, Wasted on the Young) . If not for the bril­liant, yet near-un­watch­able

Snow­town, all vi­tal signs are fail­ing. The only way is up.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Red Dog ( Josh Lu­cas, Keisha Cas­tle-Hughes) Au­gust 4;

The Cup ( Stephen Curry, Bren­dan Glee­son) Oc­to­ber 13;

25 ( Rachael Tay­lor, Josh Law­son) TBA

SCIENCE FIC­TION

Cur­rent diagnosis: Rarely spot­ted these days and when pa­tient does show up, it’s usu­ally when mix­ing with other gen­res. There are a few en­cour­ag­ing signs it might be ready to go solo again later in the year.

Key fu­ture ap­point­ments:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ( James Franco, Andy Serkis) Au­gust 4;

Real Steel ( Hugh Jack­man, Evan­ge­line Lilly) Oc­to­ber 6;

Apollo 18 ( cast un­known) De­cem­ber 1.

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