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Opening this week
Films feature vampires in charge, romance in Dublin and ‘Youth in Revolt’
Article published on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010
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The Spierig Brothers’ new movie “Daybreakers” features creatures known as subsiders.
Sony Pictures Classics is releasing “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” locally this week. The film opened in limited release last week. Beginning Friday, Jan. 8, moviegoers will find the Terry Gilliam film – the last movie featuring the late Heath Ledger – playing at the following Tampa Bay area theaters:

• AMC Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon • AMC Veterans 24, 9302 Anderson Road, Tampa • AMC Woodlands, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar • Regal Hollywood 20, 1993 Main St., Sarasota • Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5215 26th St. E., Bradenton.

In addition, a number of new movie releases will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Daybreakers

Genre: Drama, horror and thriller
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Claudia Karvan, Michael Dorman, Vince Colosimo and Sam Neill
Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Rated: R

The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out – until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

Leap Year

Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow and Noel O’Donovan
Director: Anand Tucker
Rated: PG

Amy Adams and Matthew Goode star in “Leap Year,” a romantic comedy that follows one woman’s determined quest to get married to the perfect guy ... despite what fate has in store for her. When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Feb. 29, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin and get down on one knee herself. But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the other side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome and surly Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

Youth in Revolt

Genre: Comedy, drama and teen
Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis and Erik Knudsen
Director: Miguel Arteta
Rated: R

“Youth in Revolt” is an outrageous and heartwarming tale of Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) and his quest to win the heart of Sheeni (newcomer Portia Doubleday) and hopefully lose his virginity along the way. Based on C.D. Payne’s cult-hit novel of the same name, “Youth in Revolt” is directed by Miguel Arteta and features an all-star ensemble cast.

The following will open in limited release.

Crazy on the Outside

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Carrie-Anne Moss and Julie Bowen
Director: Tim Allen
Rated: PG-13

Tommy is fresh out of prison and ready for a second chance in life. Enter his loving sister Vicky, her cynical husband Ed and their family. Tommy moves in with them, and when it comes to explaining to Grandma Tommy’s whereabouts for the last three years, the truth-challenged Vicky has the answer: “He’s been in France!”

Wonderful World

Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams, Philip Baker Hall, Jodelle Ferland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Director: Joshua Goldin
Rated: R

A bittersweet comedy about families, friends and a frivolous fight against corporate institutions, Matthew Broderick plays Ben Singer, a failed children’s folk singer, a newly unemployed proofreader and an every-other-weekend dad to his young daughter (Jodelle Ferland), who prefers pretty much anything to listening to her dad’s pessimistic ramblings. Struggling in all aspects of his life, Ben’s only comforts come from smoking marijuana alone and regular chess games with his smart and opinionated Senegalese roommate Ibou (Michael K. Williams). When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben pours his energy into a lawsuit against the city for depraved indifference. Ben’s life begins to turn around with the arrival of Ibou’s beautiful and sexy sister Khadi (Sanaa Lathan) from Senegal, who moves into Ibou’s room in Ben’s apartment. As Ben suspects that it is his own cynicism corroding the beauty around him, he realizes that it’s all a matter of perspective.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010
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