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Naughty or Nice: Hollywood’s 2011 Christmas Releases
By Jeff Holder, Contributing Editor
The Holiday season always brings big ticket movies to the theaters. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up. Note, though, you need to check back the week of release to read the Movieguide® review. Here’s what’s coming up!
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
Alvin and pals find themselves overboard a cruise ship and land on a tropical island, which at first they think is deserted. The ALVIN movies have historically been very family friendly and a lot of fun and have even won Movieguide® Awards. We look forward to see what how this next movie turns out.
SHERLOCK HOMLES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
This sequel to the SHERLOCK HOLMES movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. brings the literary detective to solve a mystery again with his sidekick Dr. Watson. The first movie had a -1 Acceptability, so be sure to check back closer to release for a full review.
MISSION: IMPOSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
Tom Cruise returns for the fifth installment of the MI franchise. The movie comes out on IMAX Dec. 16 and goes wide Dec. 21.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Pairing Steven Spielberg with Peter Jackson (director of LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) creates a terrific movie of adventure. The movie has earned 4 Stars and a +1 Acceptability by Movieguide®. The full review won’t be available until just before release because of our agreement with the studio. But, hold onto your hats for a fun, rollicking adventure.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Based on the very popular book series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is not light, holiday movie fare. The foreign language version earned a -3 for extreme violence and sexual content. The full review will be available closer to release.
WE BOUGHT A ZOO
Though this sounds like a fun, family movie, but it really isn’t. It’s actually a drama of a family dealing with the death of the wife/mom. It includes much family arguing, rebellion and other negative elements. The full review will be available closer to release date.
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
This is a brilliant, extremely moving drama starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock about the relationship between a father and son in the wake of the terrorist attack on New York City on 9/11. The full review will be available the Friday before Christmas.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, WAR HORSE is the story of a young man and his friendship with his horse that sends him to find the horse in the midst of World War I. The movie is beautifully filmed, but very slow, with a script that needs work. The review will be available on Christmas Day.
THE DARKEST HOUR
THE DARKEST HOUR is an intense science fiction movie about a group of young people standing up against an alien invasion. The full review will be released Christmas Day.