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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'A Christmas Carol,' 'The Box' & More

November 2nd, 2009 11:17am EST | Evan Crean By: Evan Crean favorite Add to My News
Sadly Boondock Saints II was an utter disappointment. While it had occasional bright moments, the film was marred by a number of problems.

Largely referential to the first film, it felt at many moments as if should be parodying itself, but it sadly wasn't. The overarching story tried to be overly complex in the web of manipulation it sought to weave.

Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz) was a terrible replacement for Agent Smecker (Willem Dafoe), embodying every annoying Southern stereotype.

My biggest criticism of the film was that it was just too wacky; it had too many out of place moments that did not match up with the more grounded aspects of "Boondock Saints." These wacky moments were inconsistent at best, and resulted in a very bizarre rhythm the plagued the entire movie.

Christmas season starts even earlier this year with the premiere of "A Christmas Carol" this week. Also opening in theaters are "The Fourth Kind," "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," "The Box," and "The Men Who Stare at Goats."



"A Christmas Carol" is an animated adaptation of the classic novel by Charles Dickens about a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who embarks on a journey of redemption guided by a series of Christmas ghosts.

Heavyweight Robert Zemeckis continues his work in the Christmas themed animated genre writing and directing this retelling of Charles Dickens. Zemeckis is also the man responsible for 2004's "The Polar Express," based on the children's book by the same name.

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WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Parents looking for a family-friendly holiday film should take their children to see this movie. Anyone who appreciates Jim Carrey's style of humor, or enjoys the Charles Dickens classic, definitely falls into the target audience.



An investigator arrives in Nome, Alaska to unravel a 40-year-long puzzle regarding a remarkable number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Video footage used throughout the film hopes to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

"The Fourth Kind" is helmed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, who wrote and directed 2005's horror movie "WIthIN." Jerry Robbins, the co-writer of "WIthIN," teams up with Osunsanmi again to write this alien abduction film.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: UFO conspiracy theorists and audiences looking for a good scare are the kind of people who should see this thriller based on true events. If you're the kind of person who likes the additional creep factor of documentary style horror movies, you will want to see this film.



In Harlem, an illiterate teen pregnant with her second child, is invited to enroll in an alternative school, with the hope of sending her life in a better direction.

The man behind 2005's "Shadowboxer" Lee Daniels, directs this inspirational tale. Geoffrey Fletcher earns his first writing credit, adapting the novel "Push" for the big screen.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Independent cinema lovers are the kind of people who want to seek out this limited release. Audiences looking for an inspirational story about a disadvantaged person overcoming the odds will appreciate this film.



Gifted with a mysterious box that promises handsome financial compensation, a young couple discovers that their good fortune has deadly consequences.

Richard Kelly, known best for his cult favorite "Donnie Darko," writes and directs this film based on a short story by Richard Matheson.



WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of Richard Kelly's unique brand of storytelling and his use of the supernatural will be more inclined to see this movie. If you enjoyed Kelly's previous films "Donnie Darko" and "Southland Tales," you should see his latest work.



Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) is a man with a rather wild claim; he says he is a member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal abilities in their missions. A reporter in Iraq named Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) believes Cassady's story and joins him on a mission to find the battalion's founder, who has gone missing.

A man with an extensive career in acting, Grant Heslov takes an opportunity behind the camera to direct this black comedy. Based on a book by Jon Ronson, the screenplay is written by Peter Straughan, the scribe for 2008's "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People."

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WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers who like to laugh along with dark comedies will be lining up to see this movie. If you like George Clooney's wacky performance in "Burn After Reading," or the presence of great supporting actors like Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, this film is up your alley.

Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.


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