Here is is. The last weekend of 2009.  One or two look promising.  “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr, and Jude Law for example, and “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

At any rate, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

The singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

Sherlock Holmes

Purists may take offense at the down-and-dirty portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective, but director Guy Ritchie has crafted a rip-roaring action-adventure film of high order.

It’s Complicated

Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin show the whippersnappers how it’s done in this breezy, tension-free comedy of infidelity and second chances.

Nine

Daniel Day-Lewis plays an Italian director struggling to make a new film with major distractions coming from the many women in his life. A remake of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8 1/2.

A Single Man

Fashion magnate Tom Ford makes an impressive directorial debut with this tale of George Falconer, a closeted gay man adrift in the ’60s.

Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges plays a dissolute, overweight, alcoholic country singer trapped on a dead-end concert circuit. Oscar-worthy Bridges makes this potentially repellent character both fascinating and endearing.

Broken Embraces

Director Pedro Almodóvar extends the riff from 2004’s Bad Education: the filmmaker as agent of both redemption and doom, returning to settle unfinished business. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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