It’s Friday! The holiday movies are officially here (hence the zillions brought in by 2012, New Moon & A Christmas Carol, plus big numbers expected for films like Avatar). This weekend brings a crop of new films, many of which are genuinely worth watching. (And if they don’t strike your fancy, you can always catch brand new DVD’s for Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian or Terminator: Salvation). But if you are headed to the cineplex, there are a few films opening that are already getting buzz. One of them in particular just won the National Board of Review’s top prize, and its stars were singled out too. It’s called Up in the Air and it’s absolutely worth seeing. George Clooney is a guy who’s job it is to fire other people from companies, and he travels from city to city to bring the bad news. Everything’s fine until a young lady tries to “revolutionize” his firing methods, whereupon things get tricky. Go see it and do NOT be surprised when Clooney gets an Oscar nomination. More on George later. Then we have Brothers, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire — it’s a war drama and a love triangle. This one looks pretty gripping. Or, if you love Robert DeNiro, you might check out Everybody’s Fine, also with Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale. But be warned: it’s funny, but it’s also pretty dark. And naturally DeNiro makes it all look very, very easy. If you want to forget everything and catch a fun and possibly ridiculous shoot ’em up, go see Armored with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. It’s about the guys who transport money in armored trucks — and what can go wrong. But back to George Clooney. An unqualified movie star, and a great actor, too, with the Oscar to prove it. With this in mind, voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which of these four is your favorite George Clooney film:
1) Batman & Robin
3) Out of Sight
4) Ocean’s Eleven
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