This Week: Preparing for the long Christmas weekend, Kevin invites fellow critic and live-tweeter Mel Valentin into the Magical Studio in the Sky for an early episode. Together, they look at the 586 new releases this holiday week, including The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and War Horse. They also take a quick look at some of the award films in limited release before talking box office, examine the latest The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit trailers and answer some long-overdue listener feedback. After laying out a Fat Guy Five about English-language remakes, Kevin and Mel whip through the DVD Rundown and then sail away into the sunset.
Part I: A review of The Adventures of Tintin (8:50)
Part II: More on The Adventures of Tintin, a review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and a tease of War Horse (10:40)
Part III: More on War Horse and a full review of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Box Office Recap, Box Office Predictions, New Trailers, Listener Questions and the Fat Guy Five: Five Great Animal Movies (1:04:00)
Part IV: DVD Round-Up: Margin Call, Midnight in Paris, Dolphin Tale, Straw Dogs, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, Colombiana, Futurama: Season 6 and One Tree Hill: Season 8 (6:35)
Best and worst of 2011
Tags: 3D, Award Season, Brad Bird, Daniel Craig, David Fincher, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Michelle Williams, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Motion Capture, My Week With Marilyn, Noomi Rapace, Rooney Mara, Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin, The Artist, The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hobbit, Tom Cruise, War Horse