Openings

December 25, 2009|By Michael Sragow

Opening in two weeks
Broken Embraces ( Sony Pictures Classics) Before he can move on with love, a blind writer must heal from a car accident 14 years earlier that took his wife and directing career. With Penelope Cruz

Daybreakers (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke.

Leap Year (Universal Pictures) A woman follows her boyfriend to Ireland to ask him to marry her, but complications arise when she is stranded and must enlist the help of a surly Irishman. With Amy Adams.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics) A traveling show in which members of the audience get to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom is run by Dr. Parnassus, who is desperately trying to renege on a deal with the devil. With Heath Ledger and Johnny Depp.

A Single Man (The Weinstein Company) Set in 1962 Los Angeles at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. A British college professor struggles to find meaning to his life after the death of his longtime partner. With Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Directed by Tom Ford.

Release dates are subject to change.

Don't miss
Precious **** The biggest surprise of 2009 was this electrically compassionate look at an abused young woman (Gabourey Sidibe) and her escape from the control of a horrifying mother ( Mo'Nique). These two create an extraordinary dance of simmering rebellion and sadistic manipulation. But the whole ensemble is aces, including Mariah Carrey as a responsible, no-nonsense social worker and Paula Patton as a dedicated teacher. Under Lee Daniels' direction, you can't look away for a nanosecond.

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