As we come upon the start of Hollywood’s holiday movie season, it’s important to note that for every multi-million dollar blockbuster, there’s an award-worthy drama.


And 2010 offers no less in either category.


With everything from Darren Aronofsky’s festival favourite Black Swan (Dec. 1) to the big-screen adaptation of Yogi Bear (Dec. 17), this year clearly proves to have something for everyone at the local cineplex:


The Whole Family
Kids of all ages will be pumped to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows when it hits multiplexes Nov. 19, but be warned — it’s only the first half. You will have to wait until next summer for part two of the movie.

Also for fans of fantasy, there’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader (Dec. 10) and the highly-anticipated Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17).

For a slightly less intense experience, Disney’s Tangled (Nov. 24) is a modern take on the classic fairy-tale, Rapunzel.

The Blockbusters
This year, there’ll be plenty of big-money showstoppers — from Denzel Washington’s runaway thriller Unstoppable (Nov. 12) to Cher’s cinematic return in the eclectic musical Burlesque (Nov. 24).

Other highlights include Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie facing off in The Tourist (Dec. 10), Russell Crowe in a French remake called The Next Three Days (Nov. 19), Mark Wahlberg in the inspirational drama The Fighter (Dec. 17), and Little Fockers (Dec. 22), the latest sequel to Ben Stiller’s hit comedy, Meet the Parents.

… The Award Goes To
If you want to get an eye on an early Oscar contender, be sure to check out the Toronto Film Festival’s audience favourite when The King’s Speech (starring Colin Firth) hits theatres Dec. 10.

Other award-worthy films could include Country Strong (Dec. 22) featuring Gwyneth Paltrow as a washed-up crooner, the adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s acclaimed novel Barney’s Version (Dec. 24) and the return of the perpetual Oscar-buzz-earning Coen Brothers with a dark remake of the classic western, True Grit (Dec. 25).