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Christmas day releases

Merry Christmas everyone!

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This is a special day for Christians all over the world, the day our Savior was born. We celebrated with many traditions, some religious others we grew up with. One of our favorites is a heading to the theater for a late night movie, and this year there is a variety to choose from, if you are selective.

Here is a list of films in theaters Christmas Day, something for every man woman and child. From talking chipmunks to romantic comedies and action adventure!

Robert Downey Jr. is an incredible talent and one actor this Film Examiner is thrilled to see tearing up the big screen again in Sherlock Holmes!

Sherlock Holmes 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tale has been redesigned for today’s audience, with Robert Downey Jr. as the master sleuth being much more physically brawny then the original character, of course it is his smarts that help to save his beloved England. Rounding out this treat of a film is his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson, played by Jude Law. Oh my goodness, men will love the adventure while the women swoon with delight! Also featuring Rachel McAdams (The Time Traveler's Wife) and directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla).

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel... It is so on! The beloved Chipmunks return to school and join the talent show, they discover more than competition in a trio of female performers, Chipettes (Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris). Also stars Jason Lee (Clerks II, The Incredibles). This one is for the entire family to squeal about!

It's Complicated 
If you are a Meryl Streep fan you might want to stay in and watch Julie & Julia just released on DVD, it has been added to the Christian Film Examiners collection thanks to Christmas gift giving!

If you are really a fan and never miss a Streep performance, then you can head to the theater and catch her latest romantic comedy, although seeing Alec Baldwin in a romantic role is a stretch this writer is not sure she could stomach. How it rated a Golden Globe nomination, or can be called a clever script, it beyond comprehension. The film storyline seems to all too similar to another middle-aged romantic comedy about deceit and sexual innuendo, written and directed by Nancy Meyer of Something’s Gotta Give, (which was fabulous) only the roles are now being played by different actors. For $10.00 a ticket at the box office, send a message to Hollywood and spend your money elsewhere, save it for a $1.00 RedBox rental.

Love Jude Law? You can get him in double feature with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, alongside Johnny Depp, Colin Farrel and Heath Ledger, his final role before his untimely and mysterious death. It will be interesting to see how this film was reworked and edited. Billed as a fantasy film about a travelling show filled with the usual suspects, a con artist, performers and a variety of crazy, sometimes creepy characters, it could prove to be a fun filled ride.

Earlier releases still worth seeing, Avatar for the Sci-Fi buffs, Brothers and Up in The Air for Drama that reflects real life situations. Plus a romantic comedy starring Film Examiners two favorite actors Hugh grant and Sarah Jessica Parker in Did You Hear About the Morgans? http://www.didyouhearaboutthemorgans.com/?hs308=MGSS1&kw={} Blindside and Invictus are holding strong at the box office as well.

Looking ahead to the new year once the holiday movie hype is finished, The Christian Film Examiner will bring you behind the scenes interviews from Faith-based films, due out in 2010. My Run and Standing Firm. Also, set your calendars to January 19th for the release of No Greater Love you can pre-order a DVD today.

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