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New movies: 10 openings just in time for holiday viewing

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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.

Plus:

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector"

"Bhutto"

"The Fighter"

"Leaving"

"Night Catches Us"

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


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