The arrival of Christmas on Friday brings a solid variety of films to the box office. There's the romantic comedy "It's Complicated," the fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the action thriller "Sherlock Holmes," and the family comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."IT'S COMPLICATED
Jane (Meryl Streep
) rekindles her relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin
) by hooking up with him, on his son's college graduation. In addition to handling the difficulties of being her ex's mistress, Jane's life is further complicated by her attraction to an architect named Adam (Steve Martin
Nancy Meyers, the woman behind 2006's "The Holiday" and 2003's "Something's Gotta Give," writes and directs this adult romantic comedy.WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Those who appreciate Meryl Streep's range in the types of roles she plays; will be interested to see her as an older person struggling to find the right relationship. If you're looking for a romance that features people well into their adult lives still searching for love then you should see this film. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
A story-telling doctor's pact with the devil sends him on a frantic quest to save his daughter on the eve of her 16th birthday.
The quirky filmmaker Terry Gilliam
, known best for his association with the Monty Python group of comedians, directs this fantasy. Gilliam co-writes the movie with Charles McKeown, who collaborated with him on the 80s films "Brazil" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is Heath Ledger
's fabled last performance. Since Ledger passed away during filming, the actors Johnny Depp
, Jude Law
, and Colin Farrell
stepped in to assist in completing the project. WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Audiences that enjoy Terry Gilliam's whimsical and visually colorful style of directing are the type of people that should see this fantasy. If you want to see Heath Ledger's final performance or if you're a fan of the actors that filled in to help out, you'll want to check the movie out. SHERLOCK HOLMES
After catching the serial killer and occult sorcerer Lord Blackwood, the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.
) and his faithful partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) think their case is closed. However when Blackwood returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes and Watson are called back into action to stop the fiend.
British gangster film director Guy Ritchie
helms this fresh take on the famous character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A writing team of Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg is responsible for the caper's screenplay.WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Viewers that couldn't get enough of Robert Downey Jr.'s dry sense of humor in "Iron Man
," will be craving more of that as the actor puts on his best British accent. If you like Guy Ritchie's directing style in crime films like "Snatch
" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
," then this movie is for you. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore put aside their music stardom and return to school, where they hope to win $25,000 in a battle of the bands contest. The boys plan to use the money to save their school's music department. However, the Chipmunks aren't planning to meet their match in three female singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes: Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette.
The woman behind 2006's "John Tucker Must Die
," Betty Thomas, directs this family comedy. Jon Vitti, Jonathan Aibel, and Glenn Berger co-write the screenplay. Vitti returns after penning the previous Chipmunks film, while Aibel and Berger are newcomers that worked together on "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Kung Fu Panda." WHO SHOULD SEE IT:
Parents looking for an inoffensive movie to see during the holidays with the kids will probably be the ones to see this comedy. If you liked the previous Chipmunks, then you most likely enjoy its sequel.
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.