"Where the Wild Things Are"
"Being John Malkovich" director Spike Jonze brings the weird and wonderful kid-lit classic to the screen.
Buzz-meter ranking: 9. Jonze's troubled adaptation has survived bad buzz over test screenings, fears that children were too scared of its oversized creatures and questions over whether the film will prove too arty for family audiences. Given all that, it might be surprising that the extended sequences showcased at Comic-Con were nothing short of magical. Beautiful imagery combined with a wide-eyed sense of wonder and a tender vocal turn by James Gandolfini, helped raise expectations that "Wild Things" could end up as one of 2009's most unique and memorable films.
Release date: Oct. 16