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Holiday Film Preview

November 24, 2010

After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 got everyone in the mood to get back to the theater, several upcoming holiday films may keep them coming back.

During your Thanksgiving Holidays, a range of animation to romantic comedy and fast paced dancing and chasing gives everyone in the family an opportunity to enjoy the movies. December allows for more of the same with a few more Oscar contender dramas added to the mix.

Nov. 24

“Love and Other Drugs” stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway as a couple in love but with medical complications. Hathaway plays Maggie, a free spirit that just happens to also have Parkinson’s and Gyllenhaal is Jamie a young pharmaceutical salesman. Together, the couple makes their second on screen pairing, the first in “Brokeback Mountain.” The film is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material. With Ed Zwick at the helm, expect some fairly realistic imagery including the sex scenes as the three spent a bit of time researching the romantic drama film spectrum to come up with something that defies typical audience expectations.

Also coming out this week: “Tangled,” “Burlesque” and “Faster.”


“127 Hours” expands from its limited release to hopefully make its way to Oxford. Starring James Franco and directed by Danny Boyle, the film has obtained critical acclaim and is considered a must-see, if for nothing else, the “arm” scene. The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s adventure in Utah after he is trapped by a boulder, Ralston must survive five days and discover a way to save himself. The film is rated R for some language and images.

Also coming out this week: “The Nutcracker,” “The Warriors Way” and “Black Swan” (limited but worth the drive to Memphis to see).

Dec. 10

“The Tourist” stars two of the world’s most fascinating people, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Depp stars as Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend his broken heart when he comes across Elise (played by Jolie). In Venice, the two pursue a potential romance as they are pursued by danger. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and language.

Also coming out this week: “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “The Company Men.”

Dec. 17

“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D adventure from Disney starring Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund plays Sam Flynn, who is haunted by the disappearance of his father, a video-game developer. Sam finds himself pulled into a digital world to save his father and survive a cyber-universe. I. for one, have been waiting for this ever since they took away the Tron ride at Disneyland.

Also coming out this week: “The Fighter,” “The Tempest,” “How Do You Know,”  “Yogi Bear” and “Rabbit Hole.”

December 22

“True Grit” may be a remake but it is also a Coen Brothers film which means it should have quite the original take on this western drama. Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld) is a fourteen-year-old that decides to get vengeance for her father’s death by coward Tom Chaney (played by Josh Brolin). Enlisting the help of Jeff Bridges (also in Tron the week before!), she sets out to hunt Chaney. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.

Also coming out this week: “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Little Focker.s”

– As published in the Oxford Town.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    November 24, 2010 5:26 pm

    hello – can you switch the Rabbit Hole release to 12/17. It is NOT 12/24.

    thx!! – Emily

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