Margaret Hair: Holiday movie season is here

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Margaret Hair

Margaret Hair's column appears Fridays in the 4 Points arts and entertainment section in the Steamboat Today. Contact her at 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

The new James Bond movie opens nationwide today, which means one thing: It's blockbuster season again.

No more weekends of a sub-par Kevin Smith movie being the best thing on the screens, no more going to see two-star-or-lower movies for their (lack of) entertainment value.

Did you see that one where a textile loom tells Morgan Freeman to kill people? I did. No more of that.

There's no guarantee any of the holiday/Oscar season's biggest movies will make it to Steamboat Springs on their big-city release dates, but here's a rundown of what is opening, when that is happening, and a short summary of the film gathered entirely by watching Apple Trailers:

"Quantum of Solace" (releases today) - It appears James Bond is now crazy. With Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.

"Bolt" (releases Nov. 21) - A cartoon dog has dreams of being a superhero. With voices by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.

"Twilight" (releases Nov. 21) - The Metacritic review Web site tagline for this story of teenage vampire love is, "Hope it doesn't suck."

"Australia" (releases Nov. 26) - "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann lends his fairytale touch to a love story in Australia in the years leading up to WWII. With Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

"Cadillac Records" (goes into limited release Dec. 5) - The true story of Chess Records, the Chicago label that ushered Muddy Waters and Etta James to fame. With Adrian Brody, Beyonce Knowles and Mos Def.

"Seven Pounds" (releases Dec. 12) - From the trailer, it looks like Will Smith kills people in this one. But he also might save them.

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (releases Dec. 12) - Starring Keanu Reeves as an alien with robotic movements and character traits in a remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic. With Jennifer Connelly.

"Yes Man" (releases Dec. 19) - Like "Liar, Liar," in that it shows Jim Carrey as an uptight business guy who reforms his ways. With Zooey Deschanel.

"The Spirit" (releases Christmas Day) - From "Sin City" director Frank Miller, it's the story of a guy protecting a city, based on a comic book series.

"Marley & Me" (releases Christmas Day) - This is a movie about a cute but destructive puppy. It stars Owen Wilson, who is puppy-like but only mildly cute. With Jennifer Aniston.

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (releases Christmas Day) - Having missed the "expressing dimension we haven't yet seen" boat with a too-short comic turn in the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading," Brad Pitt stars here as a guy who ages backward. Visual effects should be good, and the cast (with Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton) is undeniable.

"Revolutionary Road" (releases Dec. 26) - Leonardo DiCaprio reprises his role as the most interesting person Kate Winslet has ever met. They then lead a horribly boring suburban life together.

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