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A paraplegic marine from Earth has his consciousness transferred into an alien body so he can infiltrate the native people of a distant planet. More so than the teaser, this one gives a better idea of what the story is all about rather than just showing off the digital effects (which ARE pretty awesome). James Cameron's latest hits theaters on December 18.

Green Zone
Military action flick starring Matt Damon as a U.S. soldier searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The story is inspired by the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The bit about Damon's character wanting to know why things are happening seems kind of heavy handed and I half expected Jack Nicholson to pop up and tell him "you can't handle the truth." Still, this looks like it's got a lot going for it. Watch for this one on March 12.

Invictus

Morgan Freeman stars as South African President Nelson Mandela and who encourages the national rugby team's Captain (Matt Damon) to make a run for the World Cup in hopes of inspiring the South African people in the years following apartheid. Freeman always has a commanding screen presence, and while I don't see any physical resemblance between him and the real Nelson Mandela, he really owns this role. This Oscar-bound film will be one to watch out for when it releases on December 11.

Mammoth
An intricately woven family drama starring Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal as a married couple whose lives begin to spin out of control. No U.S. release date yet.




Until the Light Takes Us
Dark and compelling looking documentary about the black metal movement of the mid 1990s. Kind of light watching a deadly serious episode of Metalocalypse. This hits theaters on December 4.

New this week on AOL Moviefone:
  • Broken Embraces - Spanish language film about a director/screenwriter who takes on a new identity after a car accident robs him of his sight and causes the death of the love of his life.
  • Old Dogs - Second trailer for this Disney comedy about a middle age man trying to be a father to two children he never knew he had.




  • Splinterheads - Indie romantic comedy about a young slacker who falls for a girl working for a carnival.
  • The Missing Person - A private investigator finds himself trailing a man presumed to have been killed on 9/11.
  • The Canyon - A honeymooning couple finds their dream trip to the Grand Canyon becoming a fight for survival.