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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Frost/Nixon,’ ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and a lot of despair

It’s almost the end of 2008, with only seven more weekends on which movies will open, and I feel a certain emptiness in my movie-loving soul. I feel November and December yawning ahead of me, with very few films to get excited about. Everyone’s talking about what a poor Christmas this is going to be, what with nobody having any money to spend on presents, but we gave up exchanging useless trinkets years ago in my family, so that’ll be the same again this year. But no movies to look forward to, or not many, anyway? That’s going to be sad.

Yes, I’m very psyched for Quantum of Solace (now playing in the U.K.; opens wide in the U.S. on November 14), which I’ll see tomorrow night (and maybe get a review up right away afterward, if I can). But I’m more intriguied that psyched for Frost/Nixon (opens limited in the U.S. on December 5; opens in the U.K. on January 9, 2009), which I’ll see tonight: I wasn’t crazy about the play it’s based on, and I’m a tad concerned as to how it’s going to translate to film.

But that’s it for this week. Except for the piles of DVDs already here, and the awards screeners starting to come in. But there’s not much among them that I’ve really thrilled about, either…



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