Five Films to Cure an Oscar Hangover

'Duplicity': March 20

If you're craving edge-of-your-seat suspense, indulge in "Duplicity." The film reunites Julia Roberts and Clive Owen (who previously starred in 2004's "Closer") as spies turned corporate operatives who, as luck would have it, also happen to be longtime lovers. When the ultimate opportunity to con their bosses comes up, they must decide whether bedroom chemistry translates to on-the-job trust. Think of it as a reimagined "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," without the off-screen, real life romantic saga. Directed by Tony Gilroy, who scored an Oscar nomination for "Michael Clayton," "Duplicity" could emerge as 2009's first solid thriller.

'Monsters vs. Aliens': March 27

If "Wall-E" left you craving another animated masterpiece, get excited about "Monsters vs. Aliens." The DreamWorks sci-fi flick features new 3-D technology (it's the first film to be produced in 3-D, as opposed to being converted to 3-D after production finishes) and an action-packed plot: A band of monsters are let loose from prison to defeat a gang of Martians newly landed on planet Earth. Though they don't appear in real-life form, "Monsters vs. Aliens" packs a star-studded cast. Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Seth Rogen, Jimmy Kimmel and Rainn Wilson are among the celebrities who lent their voices to the groundbreaking picture.

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