Roll On, Christmas

I can hear the ocean!The last of the holiday releases don’t open until tomorrow, but in the time-honored tradition of No Newspapers On Christmas, we’re all weighing in on ’em today. Except for “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem”, which Fox declined to screen for review and can therefore suck an ovorepositor.

“The Bucket List”: Who wants to see a Rob Reiner movie where Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play a couple of cancer patients embarking on one last hurrah? Not me, folks, which is why Rick reviews it here.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly“: Loved it at TIFF, love it still, was extremely disappointed to see it shrugged off as a foreign-language runner-up in the TFCA vote. This is one of the year’s best movies, folks. Don’t wait for the DVD.

The Great Debaters“: You can totally wait for the DVD on this one. I’ve said this before, but it’s no less valid: The only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad movie that thinks it’s good for you. And the only thing worse than that is a bad movie that thinks it’s good for you that was produced by Oprah Winfrey. That said, I had no idea that the renowned poet Melvin B. Tolson was also the original Batman.

The Water Horse“: Okay, so it’s a coming-of-age movie about a little boy who keeps the Loch Ness monster as a pet, from the director of “My Dog Skip”. I guess the miracle is that it works as well as it does for the first half, before turning into a waterborne version of “E.T.” — or, more appropriately, “Free Willy”. Incredible creature work, though.

That’s it for the movies. If you’re in the market for a high-def player, Future Shop’s Boxing Day sale starts tonight at 8 pm EST; you can find specific links in yesterday’s post. (No word on Best Buy yet, but I’m sure they’ve got something planned.)

Have a safe and happy holiday, and check back in tomorrow if you happen to be near a computer. You know, if you’ve got some free time.