Box Office Battlefield: A Christmas Carol, Precious, and The Fourth Kind

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We all need a little Jedi powers in our lives with a dash of thrills and mix in some early Christmas spirit. Well fear not, this weekend of films will give you just what you want. For the weekend of November 6, 2009, there are some films that actually might be worth going to see.

A Christmas Carol (Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth) n animated retelling of the Charles Dickens novel about Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey), a Victorian-era miser who is taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Who doesn’t need a little holiday spirit in their lives? This Jim Carrey animated movie looks like it could be fun. Carrey can be a little iffy now and then, but this could be a fun holiday treat. He voices Scrooge and the three ghosts as well. See it (we all could use some holiday cheer in these depressing times)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey) In Iraq, reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), whose seemingly wild claim – that he’s a member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions – causes Wilton to join Cassady’s hunt for the battalion’s founder, whose gone missing. With an all-star cast and a unique angle on the U.S. military, TMWSAGs looks absolutely funny. Granted, I am not a big Clooney fan, but I have faith in this movie and it should be a good time. See It

The Fourth Kind (Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton) An investigator (Jovovich) is dispatched to Nome, Alaska to puzzle out a 40-year-long mystery involving an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Her videotaped evidence looks to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. With all the hype about Paranormal Activity, maybe audiences wouldn’t mind all the shaky caught on tape footage movies? This one looks ok, but its nothing special in my eyes. Milla Jovovich does some pretty odd B-list movies, but this one won’t prove to help her in any case. Rent It

The Box (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella) A young couple is gifted with a mysterious box that promises them a handsome windfall with deadly consequences. Seems like an interesting idea when you first think about it. But will stretching out a decision about pushing a button really seem that interesting? There are some strange twists that could make you seem interested, but don’t lie to yourself. Rent It

Precious – Limited Showings (Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton) In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen (Sidibe) who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. A heart warming struggle of life and hardships, this film has a lot of hype buzzing about it. Mo’Nique is apparently a great actress in this movie and the characters bring you in touching their hearts. See it

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