Friday, December 24, 2010
Movies opening in theaters this Christmas weekend
Here's your one-click go-to source for all the week's film reviews.
Kind of a weird week for film openings, with two movies bowing on Wednesday and another two on Saturday (Christmas Day).
These films open Saturday:
Gulliver's Travels finds Jack Black (as Gulliver) braving the Bermuda Triangle to complete a writing assignment for the magazine editor he's sweet on (Amanda Peet, as Darcy). Three problems: He can't write worth a hoot (his sample submission was plagiarized); he's about to run aground on the shores of Lilliput; and the tiny inhabitants of the island kingdom are preparing to de-pants him. (God help them, and us all.)
In another vein entirely, Rabbit Hole deals with the upended lives of a married couple (played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) whose young son is killed in a tragic accident. It's a disturbingly insightful character portrayal that delves into the ways we deal with grief. (In other words, don't go expecting cheery holiday entertainment.)
And in case you missed reading about them, these two films opened Wednesday:
The Coen brothers take a gamble on remaking a Western classic, substituting The Dude for The Duke in True Grit. They succeed by paying close attention to the tone of the Charles Portis novel upon with both films are based.
Little Fockers reunites the entire Byrnes/Focker clan and sets them up for more of the usual wacky shenanigans. Will the abundant boner gags keep it from going limp? Evaluate at your own risk.
Enjoy this weekend's movies, and have a very happy holiday!