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Fractured fairy tales

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006

MARCH
What, March already and no major film about a serial killer? Thank goodness for ZODIAC (March 2), David Fincher’s take on the murderous fiend who terrorized San Francisco in the ’60s and ’70s. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. star. Some might prefer the more refined dramatics of THE NAMESAKE (March 9), Mira Nair’s adaptation of the Jhumpa Lahiri novel about the American-born son of Indian immigrants who’s resisting their traditionalism and trying to fit into Boston society. Kal Penn stars.

For those whose taste for blood has been whetted, though, the body count will probably exceed 300 (March 9) in this adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae; Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) directs and Gerard Butler and Lena Headey star. And Mark Wahlberg plays a serial killer in Anthony Fuqua’s SHOOTER (March 16), except he’s a good guy, since he’s a former Army sniper double-crossed and on the run. Meanwhile, Danny Boyle’s cheery-sounding SUNSHINE (March 16) offers the prospect of total annihilation as 50 years in the future astronauts have to jump-start the sun. Michelle Yeoh and Cillian Murphy suit up.

But leave it to Will Ferrell to provide a welcome note of hope and reconciliation. In BLADES OF GLORY (March 30), he and Jon Heder play skating rivals blacklisted from the sport whose only chance to compete again is as a pair. It’s the first feature for Will Speck.

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