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Holiday Movie Preview

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in “A Single Man.” Photo: The Weinstein Company

After Uncle Talk-Too-Much shuts up and all the gift reciprocating of the season wraps, all that’s left is a full stomach, too many store returns and lots of movies. This holiday season’s no different, offering dollops of cinema options, all out Dec. 25. And nothing quite says “Merry Christmas!” like watching a lonely man contemplate suicide after his longtime partner bites the dust. But for those anti-masochists among us, there’s always Meryl Streep, a very gay musical (is that redundant?) and a passionate period film. Here’s what you need to know to pick the right flick:

The Not-So-Merry Movie: ‘A Single Man’
Winter got you down? Here’s a real mood-enhancer: For 16 years, George and Jim have loved, shared and cuddled on the couch reading books that intellectuals read. Then Jim dies. George falls apart. All in a day’s time, the widowed professor considers killing himself, but will a self-absorbed friend (Julianne Moore), his own OCD and a dashing, pretty-eyed pupil get in the way? As George, Colin Firth’s Oscar momentum is growing in what many are heralding as a divine performance. What’s more, out fashion designer Tom Ford directs the must-see film, which is based on Christopher Isherwood’s breezy 1964 novel. Expect lots of avant-garde color usage and cool couture. He’s a gay man, after all.

The Meryl Streep One: ‘It’s Complicated’
I’m betting Meryl Streep can’t do something as simple as a load of laundry, because the queer-loved acting chameleon and Hollywood heavyweight can do everything else. She’s Julia Child! She’s a lonely lesbian! A fashionista! A nun! A fox! A singer! Now she’s kind of a slut, according to the trailer for her upcoming comedy from chick-flick beast Nancy Meyers, the writer/director of features that make us feel gayer than we already are (“Something’s Gotta Give,” “What Women Want”). Streep plays a divorced mother to three grown-up kids who seemingly hits it off – again – with her re-married ex, played by Alec Baldwin. And a butt double.

The No-Brainer: ‘Nine’
Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. And gay. It’s a musical, for crying out loud. And with a foxy, diva-ish cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Fergie, making the yuletide gay should be easy peasy with this one. You can read all about it in our accompanying Q-and-A with the gay director, Rob Marshall, right here on

The Critics’ Choice: ‘Up in the Air’
George Clooney. Need I say more? OK, I will, but only because even the savviest moviegoer could confuse the as-of-late onslaught of films starring the hunk-and-a-half. This is the one that’s being majorly hyped. That was partially filmed in Metro Airport. And that features Clooney as a biz man trying to reach five million frequent flyer miles. Helming it is Jason Reitman, the “Juno” director. So there is another good reason to see it.

The Period Piece: ‘The Young Victoria’
Queens – we know a thing or two about those, don’t we? This one, however, is about one with power, not flaming pizzazz, as Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada”) plays Queen Victoria during the tough first years of her reign. The budding romance between her and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend of “Pride & Prejudice) is the centerpiece of the story, because love sells better than a history lesson during the holidays. Duh.

Look out for our reviews of “A Single Man” and “It’s Complicated” in the Dec. 31 issue.

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