On the week of Christmas, at a movie screen near you,
There were seven new movies being released to view,
Three of them were being released nationwide,
Another four were getting a limited ride,
What would you pick to see on the big holiday,
As aliens, water horses and debaters were on the way,
We hope you got a chance to take a peek,
As there were some interesting movie choices this week.
Opening Nationwide on Christmas Day, December 25th:
Movie: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (R)
Starring: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps, John Ortiz & Johnny Lewis
Genre: Sci-Fi Action
Synopsis: Another battle between alien and predator erupts in a small Colorado town and the residents must work together to survive.
First Thoughts: Never saw the first one of these, but this one clocking in at 86 minutes is barely worth showing up to a theater for.
Movie: The Great Debaters (PG-13) (Read Review)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker & Kimberly Elise
Synopsis: Professor Melvin Tolson was a brilliant but volatile man that coached debating. He uses the power of words to turn an underdog group from a small African American college into an elite group of debaters. He was a very controversial person, in the way he taught and the political views that he held. In a groundbreaking event, his team was invited to debate the Harvard University’s championship team.
First Thoughts: This looks like the best choice of the week and possible one of the better movies of the year. This is the movie that I will most definitely be watching this week.
Movie: The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG)
Starring: Emily Watson, Alex Etel, David Morrissey & Ben Chaplin
Genre: Family Fantasy
Synopsis: A young Scottish boy finds what turns out to be an enchanted egg and brings it home. He soon finds it to be an amazing creature, a mythical water horse. The boy does whatever he can to protect his newfound animal friend that will become a legend.
First Thoughts: Definitely the best bet for families with young children.
Movie in Limited Release:
- Honeydripper – A musical drama starring Danny Glover as the owner of the Honeydripper lounge in the 1950s. He is trying to get out of debt and when his plans fail, he has to hope that someone he has done wrong by will end up being his savior. Opens Friday, December 28th.
- The Orphanage – Supernatural horror movie about a woman that buys the old orphanage that she grew up in and wants to restore it, but finds that something strange is taking place with her differently-abled child. Opens Friday, December 28th.
- Persepolis – A coming of age drama about a young Iranian girl and her journey to adulthood.
- There Will be Blood – The story of Daniel Plainview, who became a huge oil tycoon, but started out with very little. Opens Wednesday, December 26th.
Expanding to more theaters this week is The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
For New Movie Friday there are three new movies this week to choose from. They are Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, The Great Debaters, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. What new movie will you be heading out to see this holiday week?