Movie trends of note

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If April is the cruelest month, winter can be a wasteland for movies -- but not always, as these trends indicate:

Old guys -- "Stand Up Guys" stars actors ranging from 69 years old (Christopher Walken) to 78 (Alan Arkin). Older women? Unless you're talking about "Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva, who will be 86 on Oscar night, not so much.

The wedding march -- Amanda Seyfried, the bride-to-be in "Mamma Mia!" and an engaged woman in "Letters to Juliet," obviously hopes she looks good in white. It's here comes the bride, again, in "The Big Wedding" alongside Ben Barnes. She also finds true love in "Les Miserables," now on screen.

Round-trip tickets -- "Top Gun" and "Jurassic Park" are returning to theaters in 3-D decades after their initial releases.

Multitaskers -- Mark Wahlberg will star alongside Russell Crowe in "Broken City" and Dwayne Johnson in "Pain & Gain," while the actor formerly known as The Rock also will play a desperate dad in "Snitch" and "Roadblock" in "G.I. Joe."

Channing Tatum is starting out the year with "Side Effects" and the rescheduled "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Tom Cruise, whose "Jack Reacher" just premiered in Tokyo, will flash that famous smile in "Top Gun" in 3-D and explore "Oblivion."

Melissa McCarthy not only stars in "Identity Thief" with Jason Bateman and "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock but also continues playing Billy Gardell's wife on CBS's "Mike & Molly."

A pair of foursomes -- On Jan. 18, "A Late Quartet" starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir is scheduled to open and, a week later, Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet" with Dame Maggie Smith will debut.

Decisive docs -- Whether you want to see an homage to Bergdorf's or watch how filmmakers (and their deep-pocketed and passionate friends) can free the wrongly convicted, as with "West Memphis Three," it's a good time to be a fan of documentaries.



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