Holiday Movie Preview 2009

Dec. 1, 2009, 8:24 p.m.


It’s that time of year again – holiday cheer, snowy scenery, red cups at Starbucks and, best of all, the holiday movie season. It’s very easy to become completely overwhelmed at the many cinematic options available during the holidays, so Intermission is giving away this handy gift. Use this guide to help you determine what movies to catch this winter and make the most of your holiday movie season!

If you love action…

The Road: Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron star in this thriller about a man and his son trying to survive in post-apocalyptic America. With nothing but the clothes on their backs and a pistol, they have to learn to survive by any means necessary. Based on the best-selling book, this movie is already garnering Oscar buzz. (opens Nov. 25)

Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear Watson. Robert Downey, Jr. stars as everybody’s favorite detective, with Jude Law as the legendary sidekick. Many are concerned that director Guy Ritchie may be too heavy-handed to handle this literary classic, but our hopes are high. It doesn’t hurt that this brand-new take is filled with enough eye-candy for everyone, with hottie Rachel McAdams added to the already dynamic duo. (opens Dec. 25)

Avatar: One of the most anticipated films of all time, super-director James Cameron brings to life a science fiction epic for the ages. “Avatar” tells the story of a paraplegic Marine who is sent to the moon Pandora. There, he encounters the tribal Na’vi (yes, the blue creatures you see in the commercials) and falls in love with a Na’vi princess. Whether a political, environmental or societal commentary, “Avatar” promises to be a huge blockbuster, so buy your midnight tickets now – it is definitely going to sell out fast. (opens Dec. 18)

If you love romantic comedies…

Did You Hear About The Morgans?: In the past year or so, this genre has been in a serious slump. Every movie has followed a similar formula with predictable characters. Hopefully, “The Morgans” will be different. Starring rom-com king Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, this movie tells the tale of an unhappy marriage between two very wealthy workaholics. Things take a turn when they witness a murder and are relocated from NYC to podunk Wyoming. It seems potentially stale, but also potentially very funny. (opens Dec. 18)

It’s Complicated: From the director of “Something’s Gotta Give” comes almost the exact same movie. Luckily, there is an all-star cast to give the senior citizen romance another go-around. Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, “It’s Complicated” provides a love triangle and lots of laughs. This would definitely be one to take your mother, grandmother or older sister to and earn a lot of points. (opens Dec. 25)

If you love dramas…

Nine: With the help of the director of “Chicago,” this Tony Award-winning musical is coming to the silver screen. With performances from Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Judy Dench, just to name a few, this movie is short on anything but star power. Singing, dancing and fishnets will be out in full-force, as Daniel Day Lewis stars as a director dealing with multiple relationships with very sexy women. (opens Dec. 25)

The Lovely Bones: Based on the bestselling novel, this movie tells the story of a young girl who was raped and murdered, and is telling her story from heaven. Directed by the critically lauded Peter Jackson and starring Oscar-nominee Saiorse Ronan, this movie is expected to perform very well at the box office. While quite different from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Jackson is expected to bring a tragic tale to the screen in a surreal and beautiful way. Just watching the trailer made us cry. (opens Dec. 25)

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