There are six movies opening the week of Christmas 2010. Two open everywhere on Wednesday, one more on Christmas Day, and three others open on a limited basis this week.
Opening Nationwide on Wednesday, December 22nd:
Movie: Little Fockers (PG-13)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba & Laura Dern
Synopsis: It has taken years for Greg, played by Stiller, to get in with his father-in-law Jack, played by De Niro. Yet, things transpire that lead Jack to begin to become suspicious of Greg again. Comedy is then supposed to ensue.
First Thoughts: It’s a great cast, but somehow I don’t think the third time is going to be the charm in this series. The first one was great fun, the second sounded like a good idea, but didn’t turn out as good as the first, and the third looks like it is one too many.
Movie: True Grit (PG-13)
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld & Barry Pepper
Synopsis: A young girl goes with a U.S. marshal past his prime and another man of the law to track down her father’s killer into dangerous territory.
First Thoughts: This has a great cast and looks outstanding. Apparently this movie is supposed to be a more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel than the 1969 version starring John Wayne. I have not read the book or seen the previous movie, but am looking forward to seeing this one this weekend.
Opening Nationwide on Saturday, December 25th:
Movie: Gulliver’s Travels (PG)
Starring: Jack Black, Jason Segel & Emily Blunt
Synopsis: A comedic take on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels that revolves around a journalist that gets shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle where he is the biggest guy around. Comedy is supposed to ensue.
First Thoughts: This looks dumb. Also releasing in 3D.
Movies in Limited Release:
- Country Strong – Musical drama starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester about a country song writer on the rise and former country star that begin to work together to help each other’s career.
- Somewhere – Drama starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning about a guy that keeps himself numbed to life with drugs and an unending string of girls until his 11-year-old daughter from his failed marriage visits unexpectedly, causing him to re-evaluate his life.
- The Illusionist – Fantasy drama about an aging magician that is barely getting by that begins to buy lavish gifts for a young fan that thinks his tricks are real.
Black Swan expands nationwide as of Wednesday, December 22nd.
For New Movie Friday there are three new movies playing in my area this week. They are Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, and True Grit. Do any of this week’s new movies look good to you? What are going to see Christmas weekend?