And now, from a long-awaited film to a sequel that may have been completely unexpected, until you realize how much money “Alvin and the Chipmunks” made. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” — yes, that’s the actual title — is due in theaters just before Christmas. If nothing else, it gives the kids something to see during Christmas vacation.
This year’s Christmas release schedule features two big romantic comedies — “It’s Complicated,” which makes a pairing out of Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep, and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”, which stars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, who accidentally witness a murder, are placed in the witness protection program, and must move to Wyoming. Fish-out-of-water alert!
For those not seeking romantic comedy, the Guy Ritchie-directed “Sherlock Holmes” will be the alternative. Robert Downey Jr. plays the detective, while Jude Law will play his dear Watson. This Holmes will fight, but then again, he always did.
Some lucky audiences will get a peek at “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” on Christmas Day. “Parnassus” is another Terry Gilliam mindtrip, but it’s most notably the last film featuring Heath Ledger, who died during filming. His role was filled, at times, by the likes of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell as the “transformed self” of Ledger’s character, Tony. It’s hard to tell when the film will hit the Buffalo area.
As expected, 2010 won’t start with a bang. There’s a horror movie starring Renée Zellweger (“Case 39”), and a few comedies featuring Ray Liotta the following week (“Youth in Revolt,” an R-rated comedy starring Michael Cera and “Crazy on the Outside,” directed by Tim Allen.) And in case you couldn’t get enough of vampire movies, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe star in “Daybreakers.” No word yet on whether or not these vampires sparkle.