It rains gumballs for Adam Sandler in the family fantasy movie "Bedtime
This might comes as a shock to many but not everybody celebrates Christmas, though you wouldn't know it from the stores and television shows. For those that do not celebrate the big day, and for those looking forward to spending a few hours away from the new battery-operated kids toys, many head to the movie theatre. This Christmas there are a few big movies hitting silver screens across the country with some pretty big names above the titles.
For starters there's the charming family movie, "Bedtime Stories" starring Adam Sandler. Sandler is not up to his usual gross-out humor, in the film he plays Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman whose life is forever changed when he tells bedtime stories with Medieval Knights, Roman Gladiators, and more to his niece and nephew. The adventure-comedy takes a turn for the funny when the stories begin to come true. Directed by Adam Shankman ("The Pacifier") and also starring Courtney Cox
Arquette, Kerrie Russell, Guy Pearce
, and Richard Griffiths, this fantasy is one that the entire family will enjoy.
Looking for a movie that will warm your heart? "Marley & Me" directed by David Frankel might just be the ticket. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star as a married couple who get a dog early in their marriage in order to prepare for having children in the future. Marley, a sweet little yellow Labrador who grows into a 100-pound wrecking machine, is a challenging dog - always into trouble like ripping the couch to shreds, stealing a turkey, drinking toilet water, and eating a newly-purchased expensive necklace. As the kids come into the family they all realize that while Marley might not be the most behaved pooch in town he loves the family and brings them together in more ways than they can count.
The stars come out for Christmas in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. "I was born under unusual circumstances," begins the story adapted from a 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald story of a man who ages backwards. Set in New Orleans in 1918 after World War I, the film follows Benjamin's journey of drama, romance, and fantasy through to the 21st century. Directed by David Fincher with Taraji P. Henson
, Tilda Swinton
, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond, 'Benjamin Button,' is a lovely story of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time. So far this film, with its dramatic score, has garnered five Golden Globe
nominations - including Best Picture.
Tom Cruise takes on the role of a Nazi Colonel in "Valkyrie."
For those who would rather pass on a kids film or a chick flick, "The Spirit" takes its inspiration from Will Eisners's popular graphic novel. "Sin City" director Frank Miller brings on the action in the gritty, stylized blockbuster with Samuel L. Jackson
as The Octopus and Gabriel Macht as a hero cop who has been brutally murdered and then comes back to life as The Spirit. Eva Mendez, Sarah Paulson
, Scarlett Johanssn, and Jamie King
bring the beauty as the femme fatales who set out to seduce the hero and keep him from his mission.
Conspiracy theorists will head over to check out the newest Tom Cruise vehicle, "Valkyrie" in which he plays a Nazi Colonel who plots to assassinate Hitler. Based on the true story of the "July 20 Plot" in which a small band of German Resistance members created Operation Valkyrie, a shadow government set in place to replace Hitler's once he is dead. Bryan Singer ("X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects") directs as Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy
, and Tom Wilkinson keep the tension mounting as German officers.
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