Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My movie picks this week are 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and 'Burke and Hare'

It’s Wednesday, so today I give you my weekly list of movies that will open in theatres this week as well as a list of movies that will be released this week on DVD.

I hope this will serve as a useful guide as to what’s going on this week if you happen to be near a movie theatre or if you’re looking for something to drop into your NetFlix queue.

Movies that are scheduled to hit theatres this week include:

The Adventures of Tintin (PG, Family, Adventure): Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring the voices of Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Albert Nobbs (R, Drama): Directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The Darkest Hour (PG-13, Thriller, Action): Directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman.

The Flowers of War (Drama, War): Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni and Paul Schneider.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R, Suspense, Drama): Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Steven Berkoff.

In the Land of Blood and Honey (R, Romance, War): Directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija, Branko Djuric and Ermin Sijamija.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (PG-13, Action, Suspense): Directed by Brad Bird and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Josh Holloway.

Miss Minoes (PG, Family, Fantasy): Directed by Vincent Bal and starring Carice Van Houten, Theo Maassen, Sarah Bannier and Pierre Bokma.

Pina (PG, Documentary): Directed by Wim Wendes and starring Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Pina Bausch and Rainer Behr.

We Bought a Zoo (PG, Drama, Comedy): Directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit and Thomas Haden Church.

New DVD releases for the week of Dec. 20 include:

Blackthorn (R, Western, Action): Directed by Mateo Gil and starring Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Magaly Solier.

Burke and Hare (Comedy, Horror): Directed by John Landis and starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson and Christian Brassington.

Catch .44 (R, Action, Comedy): Directed by Aaron Harvey and starring Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman, Deborah Ann Woll and Nikki Reed.

Colombiana (PG-13, Action, Crime): Directed by Olivier Megaton and starring Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Jordi Molla, Lennie James and Cliff Curtis.

Dolphin Tale (PG, Family, Drama): Directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble.

Margin Call (R, Drama): Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany and Zachary Quinto.

Midnight in Paris (PG-13, Comedy, Romance): Directed by Woody Allen and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard.

Straw Dogs (R, Suspense): Directed by Rod Lurie and starring Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods and Willa Holland.

The Tempest (PG-13, Drama, Romance): Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou and Russell Brand.

Warrior (PG-13, Action, Drama): Directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Nick Nolte, Noah Emmerich, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Morrison.

If I could only watch one movie at the theatre this week, it would be “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and if I had to pick just one DVD to rent this week, it would be “Burke and Hare.”

In the end, let me know if you get a chance to watch any of the new movies in theatres this week or if you’ve already seen any of the movies that have just been released on DVD. What did you think about them? Which would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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