Family Movie Night
I do not always see every movie out there and have to admit two movies coming to the home theater market are on my list as ‘must see’ movies.  

Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," picture from

One movie that looks like a good time for the family is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Cage is a master magician fighting against evil in the streets of Manhattan. He picks Baruchel to be his apprentice. While the young man might not seem like the logical choice to be a magician, Cage sees in him the potential to be a great magician. Theresa Palmer is the young woman Baruchel seeks to impress while Alfred Molina is the evil magician.

All of this seems a little hokey but I have faith that the movie will at least be entertaining because it is directed by Jon Turtletaub whose other projects include National Treasure and Phenomenon. 

Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise in 'Knight and Day,' picture from

Another movie, more adult oriented, I am looking forward to in Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Do not expect anything in this action movie to resemble reality. Do not try to make sense of it or find anything logical. The point of this movie is to go on a high speed trip as baggage and people get mixed up together while trying to undo a wrong that has been done to the Cruise character.
There is a mystery to solve, various chase scenes to enjoy and Tom Cruise acting crazy while on a path of redemption. Bring on the popcorn and soda because this looks like the relaxation movie I have been waiting for!
Now for the news that puts Twilight fans in seventh heaven this week.
The third movie, Eclipse, in the four part series has made its way to DVD which means we can watch Edward, Bella and Jacob over and over and over again. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have embodied these characters with grace and beauty. Lautner might be competing with Matthew McConnaughey for the most screen time without a shirt, not that I am complaining.
 I know a few young fans of the series and there was happiness over this movie. If there is any savvy parents of these fans, christmas gifts might include a copy of each movie.
Speaking of Christmas, we would be re-miss not to make a suggestion of one Christmas movie to watch. It is really hard to pick one so I am going with two.

Crosby, Ellen, Clooney and Kaye sing in "White Christmas," picture from

For the older members of the family you cannot go wrong with White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. They are helping out their old sargent keep his Vermont inn solvent but doing needed repairs and putting on shows. Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen add their voices as well as become the love interests. 

Now, if you think that is not a good suggestion try Elf  starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Ferrell plays an adopted elf who is sent to search for his true father in New York City. Ferrell brings his own kind of Christmas joy to the big Apple as well as falls in love with Deschanel, especially after he hears her sing. Well, who wouldn’t? This is one of those movies the family can watch together despite a salty moment or two. Plus Ed Asner makes a great Santa. 
Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.