No matter how much James Cameron revolutionizes Hollywood, one thing never changes: January is still a dumping ground for movies that wouldn't stand out any other time of year. • This weekend's box office, which sacrifices lambs to Avatar and awards contenders, includes another teen flick slouching to home video, a romantic comedy to kissoff and, of course, a horror flick.
Youth in Revolt (R) is the edgiest of the bunch, starring Michael Cera (an obligation for hipster flicks) as a nice, shy guy in love. Doesn't sound any different than Juno, Paper Heart or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist except that Cera also gets to play the bad boy for a change.
Nick Twisp (Cera) can't make the necessary moves on a comely neighbor (Portia Doubleday), so he invents an aggressively sexual alter ego to express his wild side. Nick's goal isn't love as much as losing his virginity, so expect him to learn the two ends don't always go together.
A review of Youth in Revolt can be found online at entertainment.tampabay.com.
Leap Year offers Amy Adams a chance to regain her footing in the race to become America's sweetheart, after her grating half of Julie & Julia let Sandra Bullock sneak back into the lead.
Adams plays Anna, whose boyfriend (Adam Scott) leaves for Ireland before popping the marriage question. Anna learns of an Irish tradition allowing women to propose on Feb. 29, so she makes a surprise stalking trip to the Emerald Isle. She'll need a guide, who turns out to be a handsome local lad named Declan (Matthew Goode).
You don't need a lucky charm to guess what happens next.
Daybreakers (R) is just another vampire movie. Or maybe it's a sci-fi flick. No, it's two tired genres rolled into one. In the year 2019, a plague has transformed nearly all humans into vampires, living off an international blood bank that's running dry. Ethan Hawke stars as a hematologist — nice job for a vampire — attempting to create a substitute to save the species. May I suggest naming it Blood Light?