By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic
Twenty-seven years after the first "Tron" film (which has since become a cult classic of modern science fiction), Disney is unveiling the second chapter of the high-tech tale about gladiatorial-like games set in an electronic world. First shown at Comic-Con in San Diego, this thrilling teaser plays like a movie in itself. If you have headphones, do use them so you can fully appreciate the exquisite sound design. And keep an eye out for "Tron: Legacy" when it hits theaters in 2010.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Highly publicized, though not arriving in theaters until March of next year, director Tim Burton's twisted take on the immortal Lewis Caroll story reunites him with muse Johnny Depp, and co-stars Helena Bonham Carter (Burton's real life squeeze), Anne Hathaway, and relative newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Featuring live action, stop-motion animation and motion capture effects, Burton's "Alice" should, at the very least, be one delicious feast for the eyes.
THE LOVELY BONES
Alice Sebold's best-selling first novel, "The Lovely Bones," didn't exactly grip me (too much fluffy, soccer mom-friendly domestic B.S.), but the film version, scheduled for release this December, is directed by Peter Jackson -- the imaginative mastermind behind "The Lord of the Rings." Therefore, I am incredibly interested. This hot-out-of-the-cutting-room first trailer isn't great, but neither are most previews for major releases. Just drink in the aesthetics: period production design, handsome cinematography, intriguing visual effects. Mr. Jackson knows how to put on one helluva show.