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Thanksgiving break means a week at the theater

November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving usually mean one thing: families go to the movies. Oh sure, there will still be time to gather with friends and family while you eat turkey and too many starches, but there are a few can’t miss films about to be released in theaters and what good are holidays if not to hide out in a dark room and eat popcorn?

Thanksgiving Films (released Nov. 20-27)
“The Blind Side”
Directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, Ray McKinnon and Kathy Bates (and expect cameos from some famous Ole Miss faces)
Synopsis Says: The Blind Side” depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential.
Worth my money? Critics at early screenings said the film puts the corny in pop corn but that audiences will likely embrace this as a heartfelt and warm story of the Ole Miss family.

“Planet 51”
Director: Jorge Blanco and starring (the voices of) Jessica Biel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, John Cleese
Synopsis Says: American astronaut lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world.
Worth my money? An easy to please family film that critics compare to a rip off of “Toy Story” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Director : Chris Weitz and starring Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson
Synopsis Says: After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor accident during the festivities results in Bella’s blood being shed, a sight that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks, Washington for Bella and Edward’s sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black.
Worth my money? If you can manage to find a ticket opening weekend, the new film is set to have a much higher success rate than the first, part in due to a new director and part due to a strong girl teen following of Lautner and Pattinson.

“Old Dogs”
Directed by Walt Becker and starring John Travolta, Robin WIlliams, Justin Long, Seth Green, Matt Dillon, Kelly Preston
Synopsis says: Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.
Worth my money? Both stars have had a rough personal life recently so let’s hope the film plays well. Doubtful that critics will jump on the bandwagon but likely that fans of “Wild Hogs” will enjoy. Should be easy for families to watch so could have a successful weekend.

“The Road”
Directed by John Hillcoat and starring: Viggo Mortenson, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall.
Synopsis says: A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.
Worth my money? Critics have fallen for the film but Variety notes that the bleak pessimism and dark subject matter will likely put off many filmgoers. But yes, this one will be worth your money.

As published in the Oxford Town.

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