If a movie that looks like it could have been good gets released in January or February, that is generally not a good sign. It would lead many to believe that it is getting buried by the studio. We all know the formula: big blockbusters come out in the summer and Oscar bait comes out in the fall — then a few more blockbusters at Christmas time — but after that, it’s two months of hell for critics and two months of reality TV for moviegoers. This year, Paramount has seemingly brushed off The Spiderwick Chronicles with a February 15 release date. Then again, with a closer look, this one may just throw a wrench into that traditional equation.

Official Synopsis: From the beloved best-selling series of books comes “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us. Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what’s really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.

Release Date: February 15, 2008

Official Website: SpiderwickChronicles.com

This completes our first full day of the Paramount 2008 Movie Preview. Check back tomorrow as we run down all of the big dogs that will release from March to August.


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