Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3-D
Do these movies count as sci-fi? We're not sure, but we love them so much that we're going to make the "There's a toy spaceman and toy aliens, so sure, whatever" argument and point out that Pixar's two early classics are getting a re-release in new 3-D, double-bill fashion. We think we'll be going.
Any movie that is used as an excuse by Woody Harrelson to attack paparazzi has to have something going for it, but director Ruben Fleischer's movie - which he calls a road movie, and likens to Midnight Run - has more going for it than just that, including Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin as one of the last humans alive.
Delayed a year from its original release date, John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Oprah-endorsed tale of a man and his son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world finally gets a release, allowing audiences their chance to see Viggo Mortensen frown through what may just be the feel-bad movie of the year. Of course, in terms of "long-awaited adaptations of classic books," it's up against...
Where The Wild Things Are
...Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze's already-controversial (Why doesn't the bedroom turn into the forest? Why is there a subplot about the mom's divorce?) take on the wonderful Maurice Sendak book of our collective youth. We're as skeptical about the changes as many, but we have to admit: The trailer alone made us catch our breath, and we're hoping for the best.
You'll believe a cartoon robot boy can fly as Summit's long-coming CGI version of Osamu Tezuka's classic manga and anime character reaches screens. We're hoping it's a hit if only because we'd really, really like to see them tackle Pluto as a sequel...
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Get your fill of Carnie action in this version of Darren Shan's young adult novel, as John C. Reilly plays a vampire, Salma Hayek a bearded lady, 30Rock's Jane Krakowski a woman who can regenerate her limbs, and Chris Massoglia as the poor kid who ends up wrapped up in it all to save the life of his best friend.
Okay, so "from the director of Napoleon Dynamite" may seem like a bad thing in these weary hipster days, but no-one can deny the lure of Flight of The Conchords' Jermaine Clement as a washed-up writer who steals a kid's sci-fi contest idea and uses it to resurrect his career. Jared Hess, all is forgiven.