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A taste of what's coming in 2008

ComingSoon provides a list of films slated for 2008 from Universal, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount. Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to (maybe I’ll even secure a babysitter and actually see some of ‘em; one can always dream):

Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything (January 11) My kids are looking forward to this animated tale of the Veggie pirates more than me, but then they’re my excuse for putting more than one film on this list, heh.

Cloverfield (January 18) J. J. Abrams' much-anticipated monster-attacks-New-York flick, but the hand-held camera filming choice of this one has me a bit leery and so I’ll probably wait to see this on DVD (unless they run the teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with this one, then I might just see it in the theater).

Jumper (February 14) A young teen discovers he can teleport at will—and that there are folks out there (like Samuel L. Jackson) who hunt folks like him down. It looks to be a film about gifts, responsibility and costs--and there's potential God-talk there.

10,000 B.C. (March 7) Billed as a tale before all tales, this one promises incredible CGI and a story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (March 14) Jim Carrey + Steve Carell = So Much Fun. Plus the kids want to see this one. Really.

Iron Man (May 2) Comic book film’s are always of interest to this blog.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16) The second in the series. And the kid excuse.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22) It’s Indy, for Pete’s sake!

The Happening (June 13) It’s M. Night Shyamalan, for Pete’s sake!

WALL-E (June 27) Animated tale that has a plot that hints at an exploration of what makes life life. And the kids again.

Wanted (June 27) A graphic-novel-to-film that hints at a theme about the difference between vengeance and justice (common in the comic book genre).

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (July 11) It’s Guillermo Del Toro, for Pete’s sake!

Dark Knight (July 18) Another comic book film and a sequel to a-fav-of-this-blog Batman Begins.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (August 1) It’s The Mummy, for Pete’s sake!

Babylon A.D. (August 29, Fox) Vin Diesel + Sci-Fi = Good Stuff with some God-talk thrown in. Sometimes.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (October 10) It’s Harry Potter, for goodness sake!

Tale of Despereaux (October 10) The novel (given to us by a good friend who’s a novelist herself) is a favorite of both my daughter and myself.

Star Trek (December 25) Abrams + the Trek universe = A Successful Star Trek reboot. We hope. Oh, please, please, please . . .

Bedtime Stories (December 25) This fantasy-comedy has Adam Sandler, who every now and then makes a film this blog really likes.

Australia (TBA) An epic film with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crow set in the early 20th century Austraila (let’s hope it’s better than Kidman-Cruise wannabe epic Far & Away)

Miracle at St. Anna (Fall) About the Buffalo Soldiers in World War II.

South of the Border (Fall) Drew Barrymore voices a pampered chihuahua lost in Mexico. Okay, I admit, I like Barrymore and I’m using my kids as an excuse. Heh.