The Good Life

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trailer Park

By R. Kurt Osenlund, film critic and correspondent

Behold -- some of the newest trailers for some of the most exciting films in the pipe.

I must admit, I have virtually nothing invested in the "Star Trek" franchise. The most exposure I've had to the world of Spock and Scotty are some lunchtime viewings of vintage episodes with two "Trekkie" co-workers at my old job. But I also can't deny the appeal of the trailer below, which makes "Lost" creator J.J. Abram's reimagining of the travails of the starship Enterprise look like one spectacular sci-fi action film. My old co-workers are surely deep in geek anticipation.

Screen queen Michelle Pfeiffer makes her long-awaited, regal return to the screen in this lavish period piece from director Stephen Frears ("Dangerous Liaisons," "The Queen"). Playing a former Parisian courtesan involved in an affair with a younger man (Rupert Friend), Pfeiffer adopts a British accent and a corset-filled wardrobe for a performance that's already gaining buzz. The film co-stars Kathy Bates.

Columbia Pictures presents this 3-D animation adaptation of the popular children's book by Judi Barrett. When an inventor discovers how to make food fall from the sky, hilarious and delectable scenarios ensue. Voice talents include Anna Faris, Bill Hader and Mr. T. (yeah, that Mr. T.).


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