Monday, November 21, 2011

"It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...."

Since it is Thanksgiving week, all the new movies out this weekend start Wednesday. I am therefore doing my Weekend Movie Preview a few days early.

The new movies that are out this weekend are: Hugo, The Muppets and Arthur Christmas.

Arthur Christmas is an animated movie about Santa's youngest son. The night of Christmas, Arthur must use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. The characters are voiced by James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Michael Palin, Robbie Coltrain, Joan Cusack, Andy Serkis, Dominic West and Jim Broadbent as Santa.

In order to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon, Tex Richman, The Muppets must reunite with the help of their three biggest fans. They plan to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever in order to raise $10 million. Along with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of The Muppets, this movie also stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jim Parson, Jack Black, Rico Rodriguez, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Silverman, Donald Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Rooney.

Hugo is set in 1930s Paris and is about an orphan boy secretly living in the walls of a train station. With the help of a broken machine, an eccentric girl and the man who runs the toy shop, Hugo learns of his late father's mystery. It was directed by Martin Scorcese and stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sacha Baron Cohen and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Also in limited release this weekend are: My Week With Marilyn, A Dangerous Method and The Artist.

All of these movies are actually getting really good reviews, so any of them would be a great choice this weekend. I will most likely be seeing The Muppets first, but am also interested in seeing Arthur Christmas, My Week With Marilyn and The Artist.