New movies: 10 openings just in time for holiday viewing

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What's that, Santa? You have an early present for us this year? Ten - 10?? - movies opening today? Wow, what a treat.

With the mix of documentary, family, drama and even a rom-com in Washington area theaters, there's something for everyone on our list.

For the history buff: How about "The King's Speech"? Based on King George VI and his efforts to cure a speech impediment, the film is already garnering Oscar buzz for star Colin Firth.

For the little one: Justin Timberlake provides the voice of Boo Boo in "Yogi Bear," a 3-D update of the classic TV cartoon.

For the gamer: "Tron: Legacy" is probably the most eagerly anticipated opening this week, at least for the growing cult of fans of the original 1982 video-game-inspired adventure.

For the girlfriend: Take her to "How Do You Know," a romantic comedy-drama starring Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

For the bookworm: Shakespeare, anyone? Acclaimed theater director Julie Taymor shakes the Bard up a bit by casting Helen Mirren in the traditionally male lead in "The Tempest."

Thanks, Santa, for thinking of everyone on the list. You always know just what we want.


"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector"


"The Fighter"


"Night Catches Us"

For more reviews of movies opening this season, see critic Ann Hornaday's Holiday Movie Guide.

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