The weekend's sad news concerning Brittany Murphy resulted in a lot of yesterday's content being shunted to today, including this week's Box Office Poll. That scheduling change in no way diminishes that quality of the options available to movie-goers going into the Christmas weekend.
Let's start with "Sherlock Holmes," director Guy Ritchie's action-packed take on the master detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This movie is great, a blockbuster thrill ride that infuses those oh-so-familiar Holmes tropes with Ritchie's instantly recognizable stylistic flair. If you've seen "Avatar" already -- or even if you haven't! -- I highly recommend checking out "Holmes" during the coming holiday weekend.
If you're looking for a less action-packed good time out at the movies this weekend, "It's Complicated" is a perfectly acceptable alternative to "Holmes." It's about a divorced couple who remain friends, and the complications that arise when the ex-wife meets someone new. All you really need to know is the cast: "Complicated" stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
Rounding out the weeks' big releases -- and opening tomorrow, in fact -- is "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," by far the most family-friendly option out there. The singing CG chipmunks are back, and they've got a new friend this time in the form of "Chuck" star Zach Levi. In this second out for the Chipmunks, we meet their female counterparts, The Chipettes, for the first time.
In the world of limited releases, the highlight is undoubtedly "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the Terry Gilliam-directed fantasy starring Heath Ledger in his final screen performance. Rounding out the limited releases are "Ricky" and "Police, Adjective," both of which you'll be able to read more about later in the latest installment of Chris Campbell's unLimited.
Finally, there are a host of movies going into wider release, including Oscar contenders "Up in the Air," "Nine," "The Lovely Bones," "A Single Man" and "The Young Victoria." In short, there are many options for those who want to sit in a darkened room and watching moving pictures during their holiday weekend.