Christmas at the Cinema

Let’s face it... as much as we love the holidays they can be more stressful than enjoyable.

And the current economic crunch hasn’t helped ease that stress.

So while you ponder on how your going to entertain your parents, while traveling to the in-laws, after Uncle Bernard comes for breakfast then make it back home to let the dog out- take a breath and consider stepping out of the traditional Christmas box and by starting a new holiday tradition.

The movies.

Yes, the movies and no were not talking about the dusty old Its A Wonderful Life VHS that has been viewed more times Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl miscue. We’re talking about the cinema.

This December 25th the box office is releasing more hits than dad’s Best of Elvis Christmas CD. So, instead of worrying about whether to put Aunt Edna at the adult or kids table, take it easy this Christmas while Brad Pitt, Owen Wilson and Tom Cruise entertain you.

You could get used to this tradition, huh?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Dec.25, PG-13

Enough with all the hype! We’ve all seen Brad Pitt appear on every talk show known to man, let’s see him in action. Pitt plays the intriguing role of Benjamin Button; a boy who is born an old man then ages backwards. The film is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 short story. This is a very unique role for Pitt and his performance is already getting some Oscar buzz.

 Bedtime Stories, Dec. 25, PG

Forget the one horse open sleigh, gather up the kids and let Disney take them on a magical ride. Adam Sandler plays a hotel handyman who life takes an unexpected when his seemingly unreal bedtime stories mysteriously become reality. The reality is this is a great holiday flick for the entire family.

 Marley & Me, Dec. 25, PG

Mom and dad get it on doggy style this year, um, that is with the loveable pup Marley. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston bring John Grogan’s best selling novel about a rambunctious dog, Marley, that you just can’t help but love to the big screen. This larger than life comedy will warm the entire family’s hearts more than any pound cake ever could.

 The Spirit, Dec. 25, PG-13

Director Frank Miller brings to life this newspaper comic strip about rookie cop Denny Colt, who is murdered then returns from the beyond as The Spirit. His mission: to take about the scum of Central City. This star studded cast is headed by Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes are joined by up and coming actor Gabriel Macht (Because I Said So, The Good Shepherd) who stars as Colt.

 If the going to the movies on Christmas just isn’t your thing, treat yourself to a post-Navidad wind down with these Dec. 26 releases.

 Valkyrie, Dec. 26, PG-13

Go ahead jump up on your chair. Tom Cruise is back!  This thrilling true story reveals the unraveling plot of German officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler during WWII.  Like the movie says, Many saw evil. They dared to stop it, and we dare to stay in your seat.

 Revolutionary Road, Dec. 26, PG-13

Another pages to big screen movie, the story is based on Richard Yates novel of a struggling young Connecticut couple in the mid-1950’s who deal with personal problems while raising their children. The film stars the sexiest mega-couple of the 1990’s, Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Will their relationship go down with the ship again? You’ll have to see it to find out.

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