Sneak Preview: 'Men Who Stare At Goats,' 'A Christmas Carol' and other movies opening this week
MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
A journalist (Ewan McGregor) debriefs a former member (George Clooney) of a special Army unit exploring the use of telepathic and other psychic powers as a weapon, as they search for the program’s missing creator, played by Jeff Bridges. Kevin Spacey also stars in this black comedy directed by Grant Heslov, the guy who co-wrote “Good Night, and Good Luck” with Clooney.
Richard Kelly, the genius behind “Donnie Darko,” tries to make amends for his impenetrable “Southland Tales” with this psychological thriller about a married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) who are visited by a stranger (Frank Langella) who makes an offer they wish they could refuse.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Robert Zemeckis returns to capture the motion technique he used on “The Polar Express” to enliven the Dickens classic for a whole new generation. And who can resist the idea of Jim Carrey trying his hand at playing the immortal Ebenezer Scrooge?
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
“Office” hunk John Krasinski goes behind the camera to direct this dark comedy based on David Foster Wallace’s book about men and their relationships with women. The story, told in a series of vignettes, features an all-star cast that includes Timothy Hutton, Christopher Meloni, Will Arnett, Chris Messina, Bobby Cannavale, Will Forte, Lou Taylor Pucci, Max Minghella and Julianne Nicholson.
THE FOURTH KIND
FIlmmaker Olatunde Osunsanmi (“The Cavern”) depicts an allegedly true story about an Alaskan therapist whose patients, while under hypnosis, exhibit behaviors that suggested encounters with non-humans.
THE HORSE BOY
Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, seek the best treatment for their autistic son, a quest that takes them in search of a healing shaman in Outer Mongolia, a land so rugged it’s reachable only by horseback.
Jared Hess, one of the imaginative minds behind “Napoleon Dynamite,” delivers another quirky story about a young loner (Michael Angarano) seeking personal justice, this time against a legendary novelist (Jemaine Clement from “Flight of the Conchords”) who rips off a story he has written.
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