While the movie section of the paper this week is feeding your desire to spend a lazy weekend on the couch, the siren song of the Cineplex may be too much to resist. More than a dozen new movies opened nationwide on Wednesday, so Twilight be damned! If you’re in the mood for a charming family comedy or a gritty Oscar contender, there’s something at the theater that will appeal to you.

The Muppets

Roll your eyes if you must, but the Muppets can do no wrong. Here two tourists played by Amy Adams and Jason Segel come to the aid of the Muppets, who are trying to save their theater from an evil oilman (Chris Cooper) who wants to tear it down to drill for oil.


This is probably the most well-crafted of the family holiday movies with Martin Scorsese at the helm. Hugo is a young orphan boy who lives in a world of fantasy and imagination inside the walls of a Paris train station. When he discovers a mysterious machine, he is pulled into a magical and frightening adventure.

Arthur Christmas

This 3D, animated film features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent. All the studio is saying is that this film finally answers every child’s Christmas query: How does Santa Claus deliver all those presents in one night? Sounds intriguing.

A Dangerous Method

This film tells the story of two of the world’s most renowned psychiatrists Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) as they attempt to treat a beautiful mentally ill woman (Keira Knightley) while resisting, with different degrees of success, her hypnotic allure.

My Week with Marilyn

Very few actors are getting the Oscar buzz that Michelle Williams is receiving for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. The film covers a very short span in the summer of 1956 when a young set assistant on the film The Prince and the Showgirl succumbs to the starlet’s charms.


Few actors have had as successful a comeback as Woody Harrelson. Woody and Oscar are two names being used in the same sentence this fall. Here Harrelson plays a dirty cop trying to keep his world from collapsing in the onset of the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous rampart corruption scandal.

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