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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2010


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2010 began with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson becoming a Tooth Fairy. Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal, and Julie Andrews co-starred.

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My Name is Kahn was a drama about prejudice....

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While Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Lightning Thief was a fantasy for youthful audiences, and is likely the only film where Uma Thurman has snakes for hair.

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Our Family Wedding was the story of a very mismanaged and chaotic wedding.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid was based on a series of children's books, and spawned a few bread-and-butter followups

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Tina Fey and Steve Carell were in for a rough Date Night.

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Just Wright found Queen Latifah in love with Common's basketball player.

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Another decade, another film about a comic-strip talking animal.

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And another type of transfer was coming with The A-Team. Liam Neeson had the old George Peppard part.

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Jonah Hill was Cyrus, less than happy that John C Reilly was trying to date his mother, Marisa Tomei.

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Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Paul Dano, Peter Saarsgaard, and Viola Davis were in the large scale action thriller Knight and Day.

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predators with Adrien Brody was another attempt to extend the visage of the 1987 series.

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Ramona and Beezus was the film version of a series of children's books that started in the 1950s. it was likable, and the Ramona of the title is much like a female equivalent of Beaver Cleaver.

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Vampires Suck was a spoof of the Twilight series.

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Machete was a takeoff on 70s exploitation fare.

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Never Let Me Go was a powerhouse. It told of the sad, brief lives of several clones in an alternate version of the 70s,80s, and 90s. These clones' only purpose in life was to be as organ donors; after three removals, most were gone. Against this tragic backdrop, a heartbreaking love story takes place...... This is one of the best romances of recent times, and the cast is ideal. Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Domhnall Gleeson, Andrea Risebourough; all note perfect. Combine with sensitive writing and a beautiful Rachel Portman score and this is the type of tragic romance that recalls some of the best tearjerkers of decades past.

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Michael Doglas returned to his Oscar winning role in Wall Street: money Never Sleeps, where he was a bit wiser than he was in 1987. Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Eli Wallach (final film), Austin Pendleton, Charlie Sheen, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, and Sylvia Miles (final film as well) co-starred.

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Hillary Swank was out to spring wrongfully accused brother Sam Rockwell out from jail in Conviction, also with Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, and Peter Gallagher. The real life story was more tragic then might be expected.

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127 Hours was the true story of the hiker who cut off his arm in order to escape from being traped next to a boulder. James Franco was very good in the lead, but the "big scene" was like this generation's equivalent to the dental scene in Marathon Man.

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Denzel Washington was out to stop an out of control train in Unstoppable.

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Love and Other Drugs was a throwback to very steamy films of the past, with much explicitness. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway starred, while Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Oliver Platt, George Segal, and Jill Clayburgh (who died before the film's release) co-starred.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the third film in the fantasy series started originally at Disney. The 4th film is still forthcoming....at TriStar.

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Black Swan was an alarming fever dream of a horror film as Natalie Portman seemingly was on the edge of losing her sanity. Vincent Cassell, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder co-starred.

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And the year closed with Jack Black in a postmodern spin on Gulliver's Travels.

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My top picks:

  1. 127 Hours
  2. Never Let Me Go
  3. Black Swan

 

I've also seen Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefDate NightThe A-TeamCyrusKnight and DayPredatorsMacheteWall Street: Money Never SleepsConvictionUnstoppableLove and Other Drugs, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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