The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, Hugo, A Dangerous Method, The Artist and My Week with Marilyn are all out this week.

The Muppets
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical
Director: James Bobin
Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

The Muppets return to the big screen this week, for their first theatrical release in 12 years. Oil tycoon, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) discovers oil underneath the Muppet Theater. His plan is to demolish the theater and start drilling for oil. The world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and friend Mary (Amy Adams) come up with a plan to stage the biggest Muppet Telethon ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater. But first, Kermit must reunite all the Muppets who have gone their separate ways.
I like that they are bringing the Muppets back by returning to the basics of the show and trying to save the Muppet Theater. Expect lots of singing of catchy new tunes, as well as the return of a few classics. It’ll be a fun introduction for children and a great throw-back for adults who will get to see their favorite Muppets in action.

Arthur Christmas
Rating: PG
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Director: Sarah Smith
Stars: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen

The operation of delivering two billion presents to children in one night is now very high-tech. When Santa’s youngest son, Arthur discovers that one child has been left off of Santa’s list, he gets Grandsanta involved. They use old-fashioned methods to try to save the holiday.

Arthur Christmas is a fresh perspective on a classic tale. Pointing out that there has been more than one generation of Santa Klaus, as well as the high-tech process of gift delivery brings this story into the 21st century. Expect a cute and fun movie for the whole family.

Hugo
Rating: PG
Genre: Fantasy, Family, Adventure
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Chloe Grace Moretz, Emily Mortimer

Hugo is based on the New York times bestselling novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is a twelve-year-old orphan living in the walls of a Paris train station in the early 1930s. There he meets Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), who has a key to a time machine left behind by his father. This is the beginning of a fantastical adventure.
Okay, Martin Scorsese – the guy who directed, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas… is directing a family movie?

A Dangerous Method
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen

A Dangerous Method was adapted from a stage play, The Talking Cure which was based on the book, A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr. This movie takes us back to the eve of WW1. There was a time when psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) was being mentored by Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). A Dangerous Method takes a look at the intense relationship between the two and how the beautiful and troubled Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) alters things.

As this is loosely based on Sigmund Freud, the man who developed the psychological theory, Psychoanalysis, I expect nothing less then a twisty tale of discovery that will take us from one end of the behavioral spectrum to the other.

The Artist
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director: Michel Hazanavivius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman

The time, 1927. The place, Hollywood. The conflict, the introduction of talking pictures.This was a cause of great concern for silent movie stars, as this time in Hollywood was before dialogue coaches and many actors were from Europe. Their accents did not translate well to an American audience. The Artist takes a look at the transition from silent to talking pictures in that era.
A look at Hollywood at a time when actors actually had to act and they couldn’t just rely on the brilliant dialogue from writers. I love it! This is terrific opportunity to get a glimpse at the origin and evolution of movies.

My Week with Marilyn
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Emma Watson

Colin Clark chronicled the time he spent as an assistant on the movie set of, The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. The diary of his account has been published in two books. The first, The Prince and the Showgirl focused on the tense interaction between Monroe and Laurence Oliver on the set of the movie. The second, My Week with Marilyn on the week he spent with Monroe, escorting her around Britain while her husband was out of the country. My Week with Marilyn the film is the sum of those parts, centering on that missing week that had not been included in the first book.

Michelle Williams continues to grow as an actor and has been killing each performance. She can definitely shine as Monroe. If this film isn’t a lesson on, be careful who you spend time with, because you never know if you will end up in their book or movie, I don’t know what is!

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The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, Hugo, A Dangerous Method, The Artist and My Week with Marilyn are all out this week. The Muppets Rating: PG Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical Director: James Bobin Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper The Muppets return to the big screen this week, for their first theatrical release in 12 years....