Movie Reviews: What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday

Poptional Reading’s annual review of the newest 13 movies in theaters at Christmas (and who to watch them with)



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the adventures of tintin movie

The Adventures of Tintin photograph © 2011 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved

Your Younger Kids or Any Fan of Steven Spielberg: The Adventures of Tintin or War Horse
Nostalgia is running high, and people have a hankering for the type of blockbuster-with-heart movies Steven Spielberg makes (remember this summer’s Super 8?), and he’s heeded the call with not one, but two big holiday spectacles. The Adventures of Tintin brings the Hergé comic book series to the big screen through the power of motion-capture animation (and a little help from friend Peter Jackson). The movie, based on Tintin comic The Secret of the Unicorn (among others), is a big adventure with thrilling action sequences around every turn.

war horse movie

War Horse photograph by Andrew Cooper, SMPSP © DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All rights reserved

War Horse is also an adaptation — it was first a young-adult novel, then a Broadway play — but this one stars flesh-and-blood actors (on two legs and four). The story follows parallel stories in World War I, as a boy and his horse are both separated and go off to battle. Expect Spielberg’s trademark cinematography, which is bafflingly gorgeous, along with demonstrations of his ability to tug at the heartstrings.

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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