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IALWAYS think the Christmas is a sad time. Winter 2010 is a more than usually morose period for fans of several significant movie franchises. Nine years after the first Harry Potter film began that franchise’s colonisation programme, Warner Brothers triggers the beginning of the end with the launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The gruesome Saw sequence winds down with Part 7 and the Swedish-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series completes its trilogy.
On the other hand, a spirit of renewal is on display with Narnia returning after two years in the wardrobe and – a full 30 years after the first film – a return to the digital Oz of Tron for Walt Disney. What else? Well, Oscar-hunting seasons begins on October 15th with the launch of David Fincher’s The Social Network. Burlesque, internet pioneers and artificial insemination appear to be the subjects of the season, and 3D continues its progress about the schedules. Merry Christmas. Ho, ho, ho! C Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill do the honours. With that title, it’s either a romantic comedy or a sports movie. It turns out to be the former. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long are the couple trying to maintain a long-term relationship. What do you need to know? In the latest film in the zombie cycle, Milla Jovovich returns to LA and launches a direct assault on the appalling Umbrella Conglomerate. Once again, the wrong Paul Anderson directs (WS, not T). Rock drama dealing with the rise and fall of the band that gave us Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning will be bellowing such hits as Cherry Bomb and Neon Angel. about two hopeless police officers. Mark Wahlberg is the other dope. Hugely acclaimed crime drama following a young woman as she searches the Ozarks for her a father – a drug dealer – after learning he has put their house up as a bail bond. A stunning sense of place. Hooray! Joe Dante is back. The director of Gremlins and The Howling returns to what he knows best. The Hole, shot in 3D, is a family-friendly horror film concerning a mysterious aperture in a young family’s basement. Adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel concerning a woman who, following a divorce, travels in search of enlightenment. Julia Roberts was won over to Hinduism during the shoot.