Wknd Movies: Robert Downey vs. Carnage vs. Those Crazy Chipmunk$

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How about those Golden Globes nods? Because they’re courtesy of the “Hollywood Foreign Press Association”, they tend to include some of what mainstream audiences want, and then they surprise everyone with other things we might not expect. This year was no different, as a random look at the film category suggests. Among Best Film picks – not a ton of surprises: War Horse, The Help, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Hugo & The Descendants. Then for Best Picture (Comedy) we have: 50/50, My Week With Marilyn, Bridesmaids, The Artist and Midnight in Paris. Surprising or no? Next week we’ll go into this whole Golden Globes thing – but before we do let us know if you agree with the HFPA’s Best Film selections (and this is considered more generous than the Oscars because they split movies into genres).  Also, when it comes to TV the Golden Globes were all over the map with nods for American Horror Story, Boss and Homeland (the Emmys usually take much longer to notice/recognize the newbies).

Meanwhile, today we take a break from our Favorite Movie Actors’ discussion and look at some of the brand new films opening this pre-Christmas weekend. What are your options? Here’s the new stuff you might want to check out:

Robert Downey Jr., no stranger to the People’s Choice Awards and used to being a favorite now in both drama and action categories is following up his very successful Sherlock Holmes with a sequel: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This is RJD, Jr. as England’s finest with Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Noomi Rapace (the ORIGINAL Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) also stars, along with Jared Harris, who is so sensational in Mad Men and who, as Holmes’ villain, will likely tickle audiences pink here too.

Next up, a movie that began as a Broadway play called God of Carnage and this one’s just called “Carnage” and was directed by Roman Polanski.  It stars Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz as two couples who meet up because their sons got into a fight on the playground. It’s all about one evening in the lives of four people that begins with a civilized meeting and ends with, well, you have to see it to know how it unfolds. But they’ve already handed out Golden Globe nods for it so, if you want to be in the loop come January 15th (which is when the Globes Show airs, with host Ricky Gervais) you might want to catch this NYC apartment drama. And yes, they’re already talking about it in terms of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?… 

Finally, we have the new opening that’s probably going to bring the biggest box office dollars in (and appeal to the youngest moviegoers ) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked. Whether the film’s title or its plot (the chipmunks wind up on a tropical desert isle, chip-wrecked) came first matters not. This film will land squarely into a popular realm and its chipmunk’d covers of hit songs will delight kids and annoy adults for the foreseeable future. The voices here include Matthew Gray Gubler, Justin Long and Jesse McCartney. I’m guessing this one will be very popular with the young set, and those who transport them.

Let us know what you see and as always, what you thought.

Today’s poll:

Voice your choice and let us know which of this weekend’s new movies you’re likely to watch first:

1)   Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2)   Carnage

3)   Alvin and the Chipmunks

4)   The Muppets

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