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Dec. 17, 2009

Beyond the Boulevard

by Gardi Royce, Page Editor
Movie Releases

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) — The classic detective Sherlock Holmes is back with a bang, but this time, he's stepped out of his Baker Street home to fight giant men and cavort with beautiful women. The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, features "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, alongside Jude Law, who plays sidekick Dr. John Watson. Though the movie isn't in line with traditional Holmes portrayals of Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth, Holmes's antics are sure to appeal to viewers. After all, "Nothing Escapes Him" — not even the audiences. (Dec. 25)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (PG-13) — Many people assumed Heath Ledger's last role was his Oscar-winning turn as the insane joker in the highly acclaimed "The Dark Knight." But his final role is shared with Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Collin Farrell, all of whom play Tony. Tony must collect five souls for Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) to win the hand of Valentina (Lily Cole). Like the "The Dark Knight," "Imaginarium" is likely to bring in fans who wouldn't have attended if it weren't for Ledger. While the movie brims with talent, it marks a sad end for Ledger, an extremely talented actor bursting with potential. (Dec. 25)

DVDs

The Hangover (R) — The funniest movie of the year roars onto shelves near you after a record-breaking $277 million box-office smash. When Doug (Justin Bartha) travels with his best friends to Las Vegas for his bachelor party, he never imagines that one night could be filled with tigers, Mike Tyson and roofies. Bradley Cooper and "The Office's" Ed Helms lead a cast that will leave you on the floor laughing. The story is mixed with a great soundtrack, featuring chart-topping songs, including Helms's dark song about the pain of losing a great friend.

Inglourious Basterds (R) — One of the best movies of 2009, "Basterds" combines intense historic events with a comedic take on World War II. "Basterds" will surely be receiving many Oscars in its stockings when Christmas comes. This masterpiece by director Quentin Tarantino uses stylized violence for a different look at World War II and the Nazis' autocratic rule. Brad Pitt plays a heavily accented Lt. Aldo Raine, just one part of a terrific and memorable movie.

Concerts

Scream at the Black Cat, Dec. 20, $12
Clutch at the 9:30 Club, Dec. 28, $25
Wale at the 9:30 Club, Jan. 1, $10-25





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