STAFF CRITICS GIVE YOU THE LOWDOWN ON TEN TOP MOVIES, POPCORN NOT INCLUDED
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
What It's About: C.S. Lewis' classic tale of four British children going from the frying pan of London during the Blitz to the cold fire of a battle between good and evil in the fantastic parallel world of Narnia.
The scoop: A wonderful escape into a landscape filled with marvels as well as cogent moral quandaries.
What It's About: New Yorker writer Truman Capote researches the murder of a Kansas farm family and gets in over his head with one of the killers.
The scoop: Forty years from now, people will still be talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman's .
Good Night, and Good Luck
What It's About: CBS news pioneer Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) takes down the Wisconsin demagogue Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy at the height of McCarthy's anti-Communist witch hunt.
The scoop: It's a brilliantly entertaining picture, as personal as it is political - both a tribute to a master reporter and a reverie on his Bogart-like code and glamour.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
What It's About: Harry and his friends face the anxieties of first dates and the dangers of the Triwizard Tournament, as Lord Voldemort hovers closer.
The scoop: Fans of the series won't want to miss the sight of Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) all gussied up for the first Yule Ball. And for others, there's always gaudy-funny Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody.
What It's About: The beauty and the beast (a 25-foot gorilla), this time with more dinosaurs and creepy critters than ever on Skull Island.
The scoop: Peter Jackson delivers all the thrills you expect from him, and all the emotion too - Naomi Watts and the big ape are this Christmas' dream couple.
Pride and Prejudice
What It's About: Potential lovers must see beyond their own, well, pride and prejudice.
The scoop: Keira Knightley's surprisingly strong star performance makes this latest adaptation more of a date movie than a chick flick.
What It's About: Friends in New York's East Village in the '80s confront AIDS, drugs and a greedy real-estate developer in this adaptation of the Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical.
The scoop: Tracie Thoms and Jesse L. Martin shine, but what may have been effective on stage comes off unbearably mawkish and heavy-handed on the big screen.
The Squid and the Whale
What It's About: A frustrated novelist and professor (Jeff Daniels) and his up-and-coming writer wife are on the rocks.
The scoop: To add a third animal to the mix, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about his parents' split is like Woody Allen without the bull.
What It's About: Big Oil, the CIA, the built-in corruption of the American political and economic system and a trio of professionals caught up in it all.
The scoop: It's this season's Starbucks movie, sure to stir up caffeinated conversation - and you do get star performances from George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jeffrey Wright.
Walk the Line
What It's About: Country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) rises, falls and rises again with the love of June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon).
The scoop: Phoenix and Witherspoon act - and vocalize - their way into movie legend with their uncanny performances.