Other holiday movies scheduled for the next few weeks:

Wednesday

All About My Mother. In Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's high melodrama, an actress-turned-nurse named Manuela (Cecilia Roth) decides to learn more about the man who fathered her late son, meeting all kinds of, uh, Almodovarian characters along the way. Almodovar won the Best Director award at this year's Cannes film festival for this film.

Any Given Sunday. Oliver Stone directs this football movie, in which head coach Al Pacino tries to maintain integrity in the face of media pressures and behind-the-scenes maneuvering by his new boss, Cameron Diaz. Dennis Quaid plays an aging quarterback who faces a career-threatening injury, as well as heavy competition for his job from hotshot rookie Jamie Fox. The movie also stars James Woods and LL Cool J.

Man on the Moon. Who better to relive the strange, tragic story of comedian Andy Kaufman in this Milos Forman-directed biopic than Jim Carrey? As Kaufman, the rubbery performer spends his energy shocking, confounding and even wrestling the very audiences who come to watch him. Danny DeVito plays Kaufman's manager and Courtney Love the comic's friend and lover.

Sweet and Lowdown. Woody Allen's latest guest invitational includes Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol and British newcomer Samantha Morton. The comedy, set in 1930s New York, is about a jazz guitarist (Penn), who dreams of becoming famous while torn between the mute woman who loves him (Morton) and a slumming socialite (Thurman).

Dec. 25

Galaxy Quest. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub are cast members from a popular sci-fi TV show that is canceled. But their season ain't over: A race of aliens mistakes the cast for real space voyagers and kidnaps them to assist in a deadly intergalactic war.

The Talented Mr. Ripley. In this adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, set in Italy during the 1950s, Matt Damon plays Tom Ripley, a strange individual who becomes obsessed with playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) and his life. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Greenleaf's girlfriend. And Cate Blanchett and the up-and-coming Philip Seymour Hoffman play a rich American couple who become involved in the story.

Cradle Will Rock. Actor-director Tim Robbins relives the heady 1930s in New York, when film director Orson Welles (Angus Macfadyen) staged his infamous production of "The Cradle Will Rock" despite federal orders to close down the play. The enormous ensemble cast includes Ruben Blades as Mexican artist Diego Rivera, John Cusack as financier Nelson Rockefeller and Susan Sarandon as Italian propagandist Margherita Sarfatti.

Jan. 7

The End of the Affair. Director Neil ("The Crying Game") Jordan brings Graham Greene's classic novel to serious life with this story about a writer (Ralph Fiennes) whose jealousy of his extramarital lover (Julianne Moore) causes untold damage to their relationship. Stephen Rea co-stars as Moore's cuckolded husband.

The Hurricane. Denzel Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer from Paterson, N.J., who was erroneously arrested and jailed for decades before he regained his freedom. Norman ("Moonstruck") Jewison directs this movie, based on Carter's memoir, "The Sixteenth Round."

Magnolia. From "Boogie Nights" director Paul Thomas Anderson comes this dark, "Nashville"-style drama. As a rainstorm looms over the San Fernando Valley, inexplicable and often bizarre coincidences begin to link the lives of the people below, including Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy and others.

Snow Falling on Cedars. Director Scott ("Shine") Hicks adapts author David Guterson's bestselling novel, set in 1954 on an island in the Pacific Northwest, which delves into the arbitrary treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The cast includes Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Max von Sydow and James Cromwell.

Jan. 14

Angela's Ashes. Emily Watson ("Hilary and Jackie") and Robert Carlyle ("The Full Monty") play novelist Frank McCourt's parents in this adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. Alan Parker directs this dramatic account of growing up poor in Ireland during the '30s and '40s.

Girl, Interrupted. Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie play patients in a mental institution who teeter between normalcy and insanity.The movie, which Ryder produced, is based on Susanna Kaysen's 1993 memoir about her two-year stay in a mental institution, which started in 1967 when she was 17. Ryder plays Kaysen and Jolie her uninhibited wardmate. The movie also features Whoopi Goldberg as a nurse and Vanessa Redgrave as a psychiatrist.

Topsy-Turvy. In British director Mike Leigh's latest, Jim Broadbent plays William Schwenck Gilbert to Allan Corduner's Arthur Sullivan, the collaborators whose popular comic operas delighted 19th-century English audiences and became classics.