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Nov 26, 2008

THIS WEEK'S THEATRICAL RELEASES

Due to Thanksgiving all this week's movies are being released today (Wednesday) to capitalize on the long weekend.

This of course being the official kick off to the holiday season, we'll be seeing a lot of big event movies as well as the serious films that the studios save for this time of year in order to garner them Oscar buzz. This week has a nice mix of both.

The biggest of the week is AUSTRALIA, Baz Luhrmann's (MOULIN ROUGE) almost 3 hour epic starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman from 20th Century Fox. Expect lots of sweeping shots, dramatic moments and of course, a lot of romance between the two leads.

If you didn't catch Vince Vaughn in his holiday bomb last year (FRED CLAUS, on DVD as of yesterday -- see my previous Blu-Ray/DVD rundown for the week post) then you have a second chance to see Vince celebrate FOUR CHRISTMASES with Reese Witherspoon released through New Line Cinema. Director Seth Gordon is best known for documentaries, in particular THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS which was one of my favorite movies from 2007.

Definitely seeking awards attention is MILK, the story of the first elected openly gay politician in San Francisco starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. The Focus Features release is directed by Gus Van Sant (GOOD WILL HUNTING) and opens in select cities.

Last but not least (depending how you look at it that is) is TRANSPORTER 3 with Euro action star Jason Statham from Lionsgate. I have to admit the allure of Mr. Statham is very much lost on me, as is the appeal of the first 2 TRANSPORTER films. But if you're looking for a popcorn film with a lot of violence, this is probably the movie for you. I can guarantee you this, don't expect to see this on any awards lists...well...except maybe the MTV Movie Awards (like those matter to anyone over the age of 12)

Wednesday, November 26

Australia (Dir: Baz Luhrmann; 20th Century Fox)
Four Christmases (Dir: Seth Gordon; New Line Cinema)
Milk [Limited release] (Dir: Gus Van Sant; Focus Features)
Transporter 3 (Dir: Oliver Megaton; Lionsgate)