This is the season when families have more time to spend together, or rather, they make more time or have it forced uponthem with kids ot of school and holidays dominating our plans. It's a great time to gather up the familia and head to the movies. There are a lot of movies starring Latinos in leading and supporting roles.
For the kids:
Puss in Boots: Stars Spaniard Antonio Banderas and Mexicana Selma Hayak and their accents star in an adventure that's fun for all ages.
Happy Feet 2: Sofia Vergara lends her voice to a penguin who calls the Arctic home. Along with part one alums Robin Williams and Iowan Elijah Wood they voice fiesty penguins who dance and sing and can make even the most exhausted mamis and papis crack a smile.
The Muppets: Miss Piggy, Kermit, Animal, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear come together to save the Muppet Theater. Danny Trejo, playing a much softer role than his last one in MACHETE, Rico Rodriguez, and radio personality Piolin make cameos to help them battle the evil oil tycoon who wants to tear down their beloved theater.
For the older kids:
Jack and Jill: While you laugh at Adam Sandler's antics as he plays twin roles of Jack and Jill, don't miss Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez, of Under the Same Moon fame, also plays a dual role of Felipe the gardener and his abuelita.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Naomi Repace , first seen in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, joins Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law to defeat the evil Professor Moriarty, their arch enemy.
Girls Night Out:
Breaking Dawn Part One: Mia Meastro and Christian Camargo don red eyes and a thirst for blood as vampires helping to protect Bella and Edward's baby in the newest installment of the Twilight saga. Will the Latinos have shirtless scenes? You can almost count on it. Will they return in Part 2? Only time will tell.
New Year's Eve: A gaggle of famous faces plan to have the most memorable New Year's Eve ever, including, the very busy (see For the kids above) Sofia Vergara who plays a chef at a popular New York restaurant.
For Adrenaline Junkies:
Tower Heist: Directed by Cuban American director Brett Ratner (of Oscar scandal fame), this action/comedy hosts plenty of familiar faces like Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, along with Mexican American Micheal Pena.
Contraband: Diego Luna and Mark Wahlberg try to make ends meet through illegal acts that fill the screne with suspense, action and drama. The film is scheduled to be released early January 2012.
Red Tails: You'll have to wait until January to see Dominicano Tristan Wilds play the youngest of the Tuskegee Airmen taking to the air in WWI. It also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Ne-Yo and Terrence Howard.
You can catch all of these flicks at any of the Cinemark Cinemas, Nova 10, Varsity Theater, Fleur Cinemas, or Jordan Creek's Century 20 and XD Cinemas all this month, some of them are even in 3D if you're willing to shell out the extra dinero for the special shades.