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'At the Movies' critics offer recommendations

November 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
If at some point this weekend, you've had a bit too much turkey or maybe too much family time, a getaway to the movies may be in order. "At the Movies" film critics A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips offered up a few recommendations for your trip to the theaters."It's still time to catch up with something like 'Where the Wild Things Are,' which is nearing the end of its theatrical run, but a film that I just loved," said Phillips.

The family-friendly movie "Where the Wild Things Are" is just one film the "At the Movies" hosts think you should put on your "to do" list for the holiday weekend.

"Controversial in many ways, but that's a film that if you haven't seen it yet, this is the time," added Phillips.

Both Phillips and Scott are also fans of several smaller films that are now in theaters.

"There's a lot of good stuff, and there's a range," said Scott. "There are some very intense and serious dramas out there that may not be everyone's idea of fun holiday viewing, but are worth checking out. One of them is 'Precious,' an extraordinary movie by Lee Daniels with an amazing performance by a first-timer Gabourey Sidibe."

Scott also recommends seeing 'The Messenger' with Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Samantha Morton.

"Again, a kind of, you know, downbeat, intense dram, but really, really worth seeing," said Scott.

The critics don't always see eye to eye on which is the best movie to see, but disagreements are what make the movie going experience unique.

"Part of the fun of movie going is exactly to argue and debate and talk about things and not always agree," said Phillips. "They divide people and they mix people up, and people have conflicting opinions about them and they give you stuff. The experience lasts after the movie is over."

"That's what you look for, right? And Thanksgiving is sort of a great long weekend, you know, it's a big movie weekend traditionally anyway," said Scott. "It's a great time to kind of take a chance, not just see the equivalent of comfort food which we all like to do, and when it works there's nothing like it, but also take the chance on something."

"At the Movies" airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on ABC7.


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