2008 Holiday Movie Guide

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With major studios trying to capitalize on the typically busy holiday movie season, as well as sneak in their Oscar hopefuls for this year’s consideration, there are a glut of new releases at the box office this month. Luckily for you, we sat through several of this season’s new releases to tell you which ones are worth your $12.

Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle tells the life story of a young man growing up in the slums of Mumbai via his police interrogation for having made it to the final round of the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”.

What’s Good: Amazing cinematography; compelling, unique story; pretty good acting; and Freida Pinto (marry us?).

What’s Bad: The story’s not so believable, but it’s pretty easy to get over.

Conclusion: A must see.

The Wrestler
We wrote about this one before we saw it. A few times.

What’s Good: Mickey Rourke kills it, great story, jackets held together with duct tape, a number of truly cringe inducing moments and of course, semi-pro wrestling.

What’s Bad: Kind of ruins that crush you had on Marisa Tomei after My Cousin Vinny, a number of truly cringe inducing moments and this movie is a serious downer (spoiler alert: nothing, and we mean absolutely nothing, ends well in this movie).

Conslusion: See it, but with caution. It’s a great movie, but be prepared to leave in a pretty shitty and somewhat confused mood. Under no circumstances should you bring a date to this movie if you’re trying to get laid.

Doubt
Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman doing their thing in the story of a nun (Streep) who confronts a priest (Hoffman) about her concerns that the priest is abusing a young boy at the Catholic school where they both work.

What’s Good: Philip Seymour Hoffman (we’ll see him in just about anything), Meryl Streep and suits from when men knew how to wear a suit.

What’s Bad: The plot was better in conception than execution and this thing chugs along at a snail’s pace.

Conclusion: Skip it. The acting is good, but not good enough to make up for the lack of plot. With so many other options available this one really shouldn’t get your money.

There you have it folks. Spend your $12 wisely. We’re visiting the parents for the Holidays, so we’ll probably see a few more movies (not much else to do) and will post reviews when we do.

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