Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here are the movies which were released on Friday, December 18th. James Cameron’s “Avatar” took the box office as expected. Opening weekend take: $72 Million! Not bad, but it’s getting mixed reviews. a friend who is a Pastor saw it and was repelled by the film making humankind the heavies… I have not seen the film yet, but the theme seems a valid one to me. We find a planet with gentle natives, and exploit them, or kill them. Sound familiar anyone?

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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Avatar

Writer-director James Cameron’s story of a faraway planet populated by a tribe of peaceful blue creatures that is infiltrated by a human corporation with evil plans.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Unfunny, tone-deaf comedy follows a separated husband and wife who are forced from their upscale urban comfort zones into a witness protection program in rural Wyoming.

The Beaches of Agnès

A captivating autobiographical documentary from French new wave director and artist Agnès Varda. It delights in playing with cinematic form, to the point that Varda’s life becomes a work of art in itself.

The Young Victoria

The story of the teenage princess who was caught in a tug-of-war between her scheming, power-hungry uncles is aided by an excellent ensemble and visual and verbal wit in this costume drama.

More movie reviews

OPENING WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23 From Guidelive.com

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: The Chipettes join Alvin, Simon and Theodore for what will probably be another hit.

OPENING FRIDAY, DEC. 25 From Guidelive.com

Broken Embraces: This color noir stars director Pedro Almodóvar’s most popular muse, Penélope Cruz.

Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges plays a down-on-his-luck country singer in this film.

It’s Complicated: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin form a comedic love triangle.

Nine: Daniel Day-Lewis and fellow Oscar winners Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench star in a musical based on Fellini’s 8 1/2.

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr. plays the titular detective in this Guy Ritchie film. Jude Law is dear Watson.

A Single Man: Designer (and Texan) Tom Ford’s directorial debut features Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in a movie adapted from the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood.

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