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The SheKnows Holiday movie guide

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Holiday cinema

From Nicole and Tom to Jennifer and Brad, former couples are dueling at the box office this December. Throw in the holiday season that brings as many films per week as does the summer blockbuster season and sprinkle in the fact many films will end up Oscar favorites - the Christmas movie season is huge.

December 25

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The curious story of a man (Brad Pitt) who goes through life in reverse. From old to young, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button follows his path as he meets the woman of his dreams (Cate Blanchett) who grows old as he grows young.

Brad and Cate when they're the same age

Seven director David Fincher is behind this epic of personality that began as a short story from F. Scott Fitzgerald. Watch for Fincher to make his Curious Case to deal with the darker themes of mortality rather than the sweeping romance. That's there too!

 

Marley & Me
The award for the cutest-looking film of the year has to go to Marley & Me. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the heartwarming dramedy that follows the dog in the title and his affect on those around him.

 

Jen, Owen and Marley take a walk on the beach

Opening on Christmas Day is a perfect pitch for this film that is for families, couples, young and old alike.

 

Based on the 2005 best-selling memoir by John Grogan of the same name, the book and film have a character for Wilson that is far from his usual foray in film. He's responsible, knowledgeable and astute. Throw in Aniston and a cute lab and we're there!

 

The Spirit
Frank Miller's graphic novel hits the big screen. The mind behind Sin City follows that hit film with his epic of a believed dead cop who patrols the streets as a vigilante. The Spirit sports an all-star cast including Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie King.

 

Eva Mendes gets The Spirit

Bedtime Stories
Walt Disney's Bedtime Stories stars Adam Sandler in his most un-Adam Sandler role. Although, wait…he does play a oddball uncle who reads Bedtime Stories that magically manifest before his eyes.

 

December 26

Revolutionary Road
Kate and Leo reunite. There's that, and the fact that the book is a riveting look at marriage and life in post-World War II America. Sam Mendes, Winslet's husband, directs and the Oscar winner helms a film with his wife is star for the very first time.

 

Kate and Leo, together again

Valkyrie
Tom Cruise as a German may be hard to imagine, but Valkryie is a compelling true tale of a renegade group of Nazi soldiers led by Cruise's Claus von Stauffenberg who attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 as the war was waning.

Tom gets serious

Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy also star in this World War II thriller where history itself lies in the balance.

December 31

Defiance
Another true story: this time of Jewish resistance fighters who hide in the European forests of World War II and viciously attack their German attackers. Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Live Schreiber star as three brothers from Belarus who fight off Nazi while helping Jews escape to freedom.

Daniel Craig leads refugees to safety

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