By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic
Can't-miss director Clint Eastwood presents this presumably Oscar-bound drama about the life of Nelson Mandela during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Morgan Freeman, who previously worked with Eastwood on "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby," plays the venerable South African president, while Matt Damon, who's arguably experiencing the best year of his career, plays Francois Pineaar, captain of the South African team. Formerly dubbed "The Human Factor," the film is based on author John Carlin's book, "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation."
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS
This fantasy film, directed and co-written by the visionary Terry Gilliam, features the final performance of Heath Ledger, who passed away when the movie was still being filmed. Ledger's part -- a mysterious drifter named Tony -- was altered to be a transformative character, with Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepping in to complete Ledger's scenes. Focusing on a traveling theatre troupe whose leader (Parnassus) makes a deal with the devil, the film also stars Tom Waits, Verne Troyer and Christopher Plummer in the title role.
Benicio Del Toro stars as the titular monster in this remake of the 1941 horror classic. Slated for February 2010, the film is directed by Joe Johnston, who previously helmed such movies as "Jumanji" and "Jurassic Park III." Released by the original monster factory, Universal Pictures, "Wolfman" boasts a supporting cast that includes Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik and Anthony Hopkins.