Vampires to dominate holidays

Whether you get your kicks from brooding vampires, a foxy GeorgeClooney or musicals based from avant-garde films — the forthcomingholiday movie season has something for everyone to enjoy. Here is aglimpse at what is upcoming.

As we move into the final few weeks of 2009, there is much to occupy people’s minds — namely Christmas.

But along with the perennial pursuit of great gifts comes the annual boon of box-office hits and this year’s choices will be no different.

Whether you get your kicks from brooding vampires, a foxy George Clooney or musicals based from avant-garde films — the forthcoming holiday movie season has something for everyone to enjoy. Here is a glimpse at what is upcoming:

Twilight: New Moon
(Nov. 20)

The holiday season kicks off with the hotly-anticipated second installment of the Twilight saga featuring vampire Edward and his girlfriend now caught in a love triangle with a teenaged werewolf.


Fantastic Mr. Fox
(Nov. 25)

Wes Anderson (Rushmore) tries his hand at animation with help from George Clooney as an adventure-seeking fox in this quirky adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book.

The Road
(Nov. 27)

In this critically-acclaimed reworking of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, Viggo Mortensen tries to protect his son in a post-apocalyptic world where food may be scarce but this year’s Oscar nominations will be plentiful.

Up in the Air
(Dec. 4)

George Clooney makes another appearance (and may just nab a second Oscar) in this clever comedy about a downsizing expert whose own flighty lifestyle gets grounded.

The Lovely Bones
(Dec. 11)

Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) adapts this hit novel about a murdered young girl who watches her family from heaven. I’m fairly certain Gollum doesn’t make an appearance.

(Dec. 18)

It’s been a decade since James Cameron’s Titanic. Now the Oscar-winning filmmaker gets back to his sci-fi roots with this cutting edge thriller that’s cost over $200 million to produce. Let’s hope it doesn’t sink like…well, you know.

Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Sequel
(Dec 25)

The animated pop-singing rodents are back to save a struggling high school music program. To clear any uncertainty, this is not a documentary.

Sherlock Holmes
(Dec. 25)

Robert Downey Jr. gives the legendary character a facelift in this Guy Ritchie-film. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud.

(Dec. 25)

Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs this musical version of Fellini’s classic film 8 ½. With an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Day Lewis and Nicole Kidman, Nine will surely make Millions at the box office this Christmas.

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