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Top 9 Must-See Movies to Watch This Holiday

November 26, 2008 (9:54 am) GMT
With vast selection of movies coming out in December, AceShowbiz gives clues how a visit to the theaters this holiday season can be worth it.

Holiday season is just around the corner and what a better way to celebrate than going into the theaters and seeing what movies are coming out this December. Giving over 20 movies to choose, December 2008 slate has laid down quite a selection for movie lovers from heart-warming drama "" to tickling comedy "". Hence, in aiding you to choose which movies to watch in the month of festivity, AceShowbiz have compiled the nine movies not-to-be-missed-out this December.

The selection is made based on the films' potentiality of becoming a box office hit upon its release as well as the tender drama, the entertaining comedy or the mind-blowing special effects they promise to deliver. The list starts off with "" as the #1 must-see movie this December, and is followed in respective order by "", "", "" and "". In the meantime, the remaining four slots are dedicated to the just-entertainment movies for the holiday, "", "", "" and "".

"#1 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Brad Pitt's Benjamin Button learning how to walk

Studio: Paramount Pictures       Release Date: December 25, 2008

Of more than 20 movies coming up this December, "" has landed on the top of AceShowbiz's must-see list. Telling the story about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards, "Benjamin Button" already has unique mark stamped all over it. It has the premises of great visual effects, especially with the performance-capture aging effects on 's titular character, and the list of talented actors, including , and . In addition, more than a month before it hits the theaters the Oscar buzz has circulated around this David Fincher's drama mystery.

"#2 Seven Pounds"

Will Smith as the guilt-ridden Ben Thomas

Studio: Columbia Pictures       Release Date: December 19, 2008

Why? . The actor who started it all with television role in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" has proven himself to be able in delivering touching performances through his rendition of boxing icon Muhammad Ali in 2001 biopic "" and of homeless and struggling salesman Chris Gardner in "", both of which earn him Academy Award nomination. The latter saw him joining forces with director Gabriele Muccino, and the combo is once again applied in "". Hence, expect the tear and prepare the Kleenex.

"#3 The Day the Earth Stood Still"

Keanu Reeve in the shoes of alien messenger Klaatu

Studio: 20th Century Fox       Release Date: December 12, 2008

Global warming is never brought up this explicit in a science-fiction movie. "" will bring the attention to the degrading condition of the Earth and how human beings contribute to it. This -starring film is the contemporary reinvention of one of the most original and innovative films of the sci-fi genre. Thus, the modern version of the 1951 movie will present a much more sophisticated special effects than the then-cutting edge conceptualization of aliens, spaceships and robots, which has influenced generations of sci-fi authors and filmmakers.

"#4 Revolutionary Road"

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited as distressed couple, Frank and April Wheeler

Studio: Paramount Vantage       Release Date: December 26, 2008

Back in 1997, and have collaborated on one of the most romantic movies ever, "Titanic". Fast forwarded eleven years and multiple awards later, these two celebrated actors in Hollywood are going to share screen once more as couple in distress in "". Adding to the equation is director Sam Mendes, who is known for his Academy Award-winning "American Beauty". With the collaboration of DiCaprio and Winslet and Mendes' touch, the result may be one heart-rending drama that serves justice to Richard Yates' novel. Those facts alone have propelled this post-war disillusionment movie to the top four list.

"#5 The Spirit"

Back from the death, Denny Colt takes a mask and becomes The Spirit

Studio: Lionsgate Films       Release Date: December 25, 2008

Despite being branded in some early reviews as too over the top and cartoony, "" offers more than the negative to make it worth seeing. First and foremost allure of "" is the fact that it will have an overabundance of gorgeous ladies as , , , and among others will star as the seductive women trying to get their goals using The Spirit. Another appeal comes from director Frank Miller. Known for his dark, film noir-style comic book stories, he will bring his noir touch, but still present a fresh and new take on the adaptation which will be different from "" and "", the adaptations of his ultra-violent graphic novels.

"#6 Yes Man"

Jim Carrey as Carl Allen saying yes to rock and roll

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures       Release Date: December 19, 2008

has become one of the attractions for comedy movie and he is exactly what "" is offering. Headlining one blockbuster comedy after another with his manic and slapstick performances, the former "" performer has proven himself to be a box office guarantee, for his latest movie, Dr. Seuss' "", struck gold collecting $154.5 million from the U.S. alone. If Carrey alone isn't enough, the plot itself is solid in its comedic entirety. He will be challenged to do everything thrown in front of him, like learning Korean, road skating downhill and even bungee jumping off a bridge because his character, Carl Allen, has to say yes to everything...and anything.

"#7 Bedtime Stories"

Adam Sandler's Skeeter Bronson telling a bedtime story to his niece and nephew

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures       Release Date: December 25, 2008

Imagine having a gumball rain in the middle of a day and getting kicked by an angry midget without any reasonable explanation. Those are the quirkiness that "" is throwing out. And, since the holiday season means time to celebrate with family, it will be one of the best movies to watch with the kids. Filled with outlandish imaginations, one will see the unimaginable happens. Beside the tickling imaginations, this Adam Shankman-directed movie gives opportunity for to redeem his image as a funny yet smart guy after a messy "".

"#8 The Tale of Despereaux"

Despereaux pulls out a needle to defend the princess

Studio: Universal Pictures       Release Date: December 19, 2008

Seeing that this list is dedicated for the upcoming holiday, "" should not be ruled out. As the only animated movie in the selection, "Despereaux" will be the best choice for parents with small children. Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's fantasy book that won the Newbery Medal in 2004, the movie ingrains a great moral lesson for the kids about being different from others. Plus, this movie which voice cast include , and is on its run for being one of the Academy Award's Best Animated Feature contenders.

"#9 Marley & Me"

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston share a laugh as the Grogans

Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures       Release Date: December 25, 2008

Looking for a heart-warming movie with a comedic twist? "" is the right choice. With two successful comedians, and , on-board as young couple dealing with one loyal but erratic dog, this David Frankel film promises to deliver a smile-cracking performance. And, because the story is adapted from John Grogan's New York Times bestselling autobiographical book which picks up the theme of "life and love with the world's worst dog", the movie leads to the expectation of a sweet drama.


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