Movies This Week: The Soldier Girl with the Dangerous Artist Adventures


Jean Dujardin in The Artist

It's a few days before Christmas, but that just means Hollywood is finally letting us see the big contender films, and because of the holiday weekend, the new releases are starting mid-week. That means Movies This Week is running mid-week as well; unfortunately, it also means slim pickings for special film events from now through next week.

Well, not quite. Tonight you can see The Artist on us; you just have to reserve your pass and get there early enough to get a seat. You can also check out the Alamo Drafthouse calendar, as it's got an eclectic selection of holiday films at their various Austin locations including It's a Wonderful Life, Bad Santa, Home Alone (w/cheesy pizza), the Xmas Pop Sing-along, Elf quote-along, The Magic Christmas Tree, Love Actually, and their High for the Holiday selections.

Movies We've Seen:

The Adventures of Tintin -- The Hergé classics about an intrepid boy and his dog get the Spielberg treatment, and Elizabeth says the resulting movie "captures the essence and spirit of the comic, while hopefully introducing the series to many new fans." Read her review for more. (wide)

The Artist (pictured above) -- My absolute favorite film of the year, bar none. This utterly charming homage to cinema reminded me of the magic of movies in a year that desperately needed it. Look for my review when the movie opens Friday. (Starts Friday at Arbor, Alamo Lamar)

A Dangerous Method -- Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in a biopic about the genesis of psychoanalysis. Don says that while this "elegant period piece has the underpinnings of first-rate Oscar bait," he has reservations.  Read his review on Friday to find out more. (Starts Friday at Arbor, Violet Crown)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- The perfectly good Swedish adaptation of the Stieg Larsson book just came out in 2009.  Does the Hollywood treatment bring anything new or worthwhile to the story? Don says, "The relatively unknown Rooney Mara has pulled off an unlikely cinematic coup, claiming Rapace's iconic role as her own," and that the film is "probably the slickest, ballsiest and best thriller I've seen this year." Look for his review on Thursday morning. (wide)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy -- John le Carré has seen several of his books adapted for the big screen. But does this Cold War-era period piece founder under the heavy plot and equally heavy-hitting cast? I thought not, but Elizabeth may not agree with me.  Check out her review on Saturday for more. (Starts Friday at Arbor)

War Horse -- Spielberg competes with himself this weekend with yet another nostalgia-fueled film. Perhaps the least bloody war film ever. Saturday Night Live may be forced to do a "Broke Back Black Beauty at the Western Front" send up. It might have worked if there was still a Disney Sunday Night Movie. (Opens Christmas Day, wide)

Other Movies Opening This Week:

The Darkest Hour -- A night on the town in Moscow comes to an abrupt halt when aliens invade. Just a little different from Attack the Block. (Opens Christmas Day at Gateway, Tinseltown, Westgate)

We Bought a Zoo -- What can you say about film with a title like this? You already know just by the title if you're going to see it or not. Directed by Cameron Crowe, starring Matt Damon. (Opens Friday, wide)