Don't Miss

December 04, 2009|By Michael Sragow

The Men Who Stare At Goats *** ( 3 STARS) It's gotten starkly contradictory reviews, but Grant Heslov's wild and woolly piece of fact-based fiction about the post-Vietnam Army's attempt to create a new fighting force with New Age attitudes and powers features outlandish and funny vignettes and a couple of happy, expansive performances from Jeff Bridges and George Clooney. And a lot of it really happened - though not in the way it does here.

Opening next Friday

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: (First Look Studios) A rogue detective and drug addict navigates post-Katrina New Orleans along with his prostitute girlfriend. With Nicolas Cage.

Invictus : (Warner Bros.) The true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. With Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

The Princess and the Frog : (Walt Disney Pictures) This musical marks the return of hand-drawn animation in this modern twist on a classic tale set in New Orleans.

Red Cliff: (Magnet Releasing) A historical adaptation revolving around the naval Battle of Red Cliffs during the final days of the Han Dynasty. Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro star.

Opening Dec. 18

Avatar : (20th Century Fox) An avatar, a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by James Cameron.

Release dates are subject to change.

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