Unplanned pregnancies, insurgent military operations and throat-slashing barbers – it's just another holiday season at the movies. Since Christmas basically spans a four-day weekend this year, there are even more opportunities for families to see films. CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR may appeal to most of the grown-up relatives. The frequently comedic portrayal of a playboy congressman's attempt to arm the Afghan insurgency in the 1980s features Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, a hilarious Philip Seymour Hoffman, and lots of wit and crafty politics thanks to a script by "The West Wing's" Aaron Sorkin. More delicate sensibilities might be put off by the gallons of spraying blood in director Tim Burton's stupendous musical SWEENEY TODD; the frank language of the hip but warm teen-pregnancy comedy JUNO (pictured); or the harrowing moments of the tale of Afghan friendship, THE KITE RUNNER, all opening Fri., DEC. 21.
More fare opens on Christmas Day, Tues., DEC. 25, including the critically acclaimed THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, in which a stroke victim dictates his memoirs using only his left eyelid; and Denzel Washington's sure-to-be-inspirational history lesson THE GREAT DEBATERS. If you get sick of your family, however, you must see THE SAVAGES, a wicked but sly portrayal of two self-absorbed siblings (the superb Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) stuck with caring for the demented dad (Philip Bosco) who abandoned them. It'll make you feel better about your own situation. For reviews on many of these films, click here. Showtimes, prices and locations vary.