Here are the Friday movies for this week.

Merry Christmas
New releases this week
Christmas holiday edition
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The Good Shepherd
Taut psychological epic about the early CIA focuses on the toll that secrecy takes on one agent’s life.
The Good German
This homage to ’40s Hollywood works as both a tale of postwar intruige and an experiment in film history.
Night at the Museum
A night watchman (Ben Stiller) must fend off dinosaurs, cowboys and Atilla the Hun when exhibits come to life.
We Are Marshall
Tale of a tragedy-torn university and its football team has its heart in the right place, but that’s not enough.
Volver
Secrets are revealed when a dead mother reappears to her two daughters in this Spanish melodrama.
Curse of the Golden Flower
Director Zhang Yimou’s domestic squabble set in 10th-century China is cursed by its own excesses.
Rocky Balboa
Sylvester Stallone’s unhurried, quiet approach may leave longtime fans of the series a bit restless.
Dreamgirls (opens Monday)
Big screen adaptation of the stage hit fictionalizes the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Children of Men (opens Monday)
Tale of a future world beset by infertility blends an atmosphere of gloom with traditional chase elements.
Black Christmas (opens Monday)
This remake of the 1970 horror movie follows sorority sisters who are killed one by one over the holidays. This film was not screened in advance for critics.
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