2011 Winter Movie Guide: A round-up of the must-sees this winter

Fernanda Chamorro/ Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 1, 2011

Puss in Boots
Rated: PG
Director: Chris Miller
Main actors: Antonio Banderas as voice of Puss in Boots, Salma Hayek as voice of Kitty Softpaws,  Zach Galifianakis as voice of Humpty Dumpty.
This animated film is based on “Shrek,” and follows Puss’s adventures prior to meeting Shrek and Donkey. He was a protector of the innocent and found out about two murderers named Jack and Jill and their plot to destroy the world. He sets off on a fun and dangerous journey to save the world along with his sidekicks, Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws.

Tower Heist
Rated: PG-13
Director: Brett Ratner
Lead Actors: Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy
Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and Slide (Eddie Murphy), two middle-class workers, plot revenge on a Wall Street billionaire who stole their retirement.  They lead a team of famous actors to steal from the wealthy businessman’s guarded penthouse. This movie, full of action and comedy, is expected to be a hit.
Nov. 4, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
Rated: PG-13
Director: Bill Condon
Lead Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, the newly married couple, are betrayed and unlucky. They travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon and make love for the first time. Bella becomes pregnant and nearly dies in childbirth when Edward turns her immortal.  Their daughter Renesmee is born and dangerous events take place which cause the Cullens and the Volturi to turn against each other and battle.
Nov. 18, 2011

J. Edgar
Rated: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Lead Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio
J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, was considered a hero protecting his country during eight presidents and three wars. Though heroic, he was ruthless and often influenced by the dark side of power. His private life, which he kept nearly a complete secret, was shared with a very tight circle of people and if revealed could have destroyed the way the world saw him.
Nov. 9, 2011

Immortals
Rated: R
Director: Tarsem Singh
Lead Actors: Luke Evans, Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Kellan Lutz, and Mickey Rourke.
King Hyperion and his bloodthirsty army are on the search for the Bow of Epirus, which will allow the king to defeat the gods of Olympus and conquer the world. The gods are unable to take sides therefore a peasant by the name of Theseus, the founder and King of Athens and son of Poseidon, is chosen by Zeus, king of the gods and god of the sky and lightning, to protect his homeland and the gods against the masses under the king’s command. Theseus gains a small army and together they fight a battle for the sake of humanity.
Nov. 11, 2011

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Rated: R
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Lead Actors: John Cho and Kal Penn
Stoners Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) are reunited after spending six years of their lives apart from each other. Kumar receives a “high grade” package on Christmas Eve by accident and tries to redeliver it to Harold’s houseThe contents end up sending Harold’s father-in-law’s prized Christmas tree into flames. He convinces Kumar to go on a mission with him, while his in-laws are out for the day, to hunt down the perfect replacement tree. The search takes them on a journey through the best parties, problems and high times in New York City.
Nov. 4, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Not Yet Rated
Director: David Fincher
Lead Actors: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
Tattooed rape victim and intelligent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist set out on a search for the murderer of Harriet Vanger, who disappeared from a family gathering on their private island. Her body was never recovered, but her uncle, who adored her, hires Salander and Blomkvist to investigate the dysfunctional family. As the partners unravel more murders from the same time period, they discover a horrendous family history and the Vangers will do anything to keep their secrets hidden.  The movie is based off of the first of a series of three award-winning crime novels by Stieg Larsson, who was inspired to create character Lisbeth Salander after being unable to forgive himself for not defending a 15-year-old girl he watched be gang-raped.
Dec. 21, 2011

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