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Big movies opening on Christmas Day

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Adam Sandler stars in “Bedtime Stories”


 A bunch of new films with some pretty big stars will be opening on Thursday, Christmas Day. Severe weather continues across the country. Here in the Southland, rain and strong winds are predicted for the  “ho, ho, ho” holiday. That may slow down the now traditional trek, for a lot of people, to the movies on Christmas Day. 

If you decide to get out and brave the elements to catch a new movie, there is a variety to choose from. Disney’s “Bedtime Stories” starring Adam Sandler is one of them. It’s about a guy whose bedtime stories suddenly turn from fantasy to reality. Another family friendly film,”Marley & Me” is top lined by Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. You’ve probably seen the billboards and movie posters of the cut yellow Labrador puppy promoting “Marley & Me,” based on the best selling book about a couple and their lovable but neurotic dog.

Tom Cruise’s long-awaited World War II thriller, “Valkyrie” will hit the big screen on December 25 along with the much-talked about comic book inspired, “The Spirit.” Also, in the pack of new flicks, one I’m looking forward to checking out, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is based on a story from another medium — a 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about man born in his eighties who ages backwards.

I’ve been to the movies on Christmas Day, sometimes the crowds are sparse and other times there has been a long line at the ticket window. Still in this tight economy, a movie ticket remains a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment. So chances are movie theaters will be doing good business on Christmas Day 2008 no matter what the weather is like.

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