FAIRFIELD — A modern-day comedy, a Civil War drama and broken dreams in 19th century France debut at the box office Christmas Day.
Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott star in “Parental Guidance,” rated PG, about old-school grandparents babysitting their 21st-century grandchildren.
Quentin Tarantino directs an all-star cast in “Django Unchained,” rated R. The story is set just before the Civil War and centers on a slave paired with a bounty hunter. They end up at a plantation where slaves are groomed to battle each other for sport. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson star.
“Les Miserables,” the long-running and much-loved stage play, comes to life on the big screen in the PG-13-rated film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. The plot centers on an ex-prisoner, hunted for decades by a ruthless policeman after he breaks parole.
Opening in limited release Tuesday is “West of Memphis,” rated R, about three men who were convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
Two movies open Friday, both in limited release.
“Allegiance,” not rated, stars Seth Gabel as a National Guard lieutenant dealing with a soldier who wants to go AWOL.
“Promised Land,” rated R, stars Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as two salespeople who arrive in a small town ready to secure drilling rights for a natural gas company. Not everyone likes the idea.
For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.
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