Sunday, September 14, 2008

Two Films For The Christmas Holidays

The Christmas film season is a time for holiday fluff and also a time for Academy stuff.  Here are the trailers for two of those types of films. 

The first one stars Vince Vaugn and Reese Witherspoon in a lighthearted film about a couple forced to have Christmas with their four families.

As describes:

The trailer for Four Christmases. When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation—and unable to escape—they trudge to not one, not two,

but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened... and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting to hear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of the day, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families' choices are not so crazy after all.

In the I deserve an Oscar category is Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman starring in the movie "Doubt".  Certainly no musical "Mamma Mia", gives this description:

The trailer for Doubt. John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt is a riveting exploration of paranoia and suspicion in the Catholic Church. Set in a Bronx parochial school in 1964—just as the Vatican II reforms begin to transfigure the Church—evidence of a

priest’s wrongdoing comes to light. Sister Aloysius, a strict school principal and traditionalist nun, faces the decision of a lifetime: Does she openly accuse a priest and give voice to her fear of his sinful actions, or does she bury her suspicions and leave room for doubt? This intense and personal power struggle between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn ultimately calls into question both faith and justice in the shadows of this cloistered institution.

Whatever your preference, and I'm sure Pope Benedict would like neither, both of these films seem to be good choices for their respective genres.  Four Christmases opens on November 26.  You can watch Doubt beginning December 12.


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