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.
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December 25The 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.
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
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!
December 26Revolutionary 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.
Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy also star in this World War II thriller where history itself lies in the balance.
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.