Holiday Movie Guide 2011: 20 Movies to Watch

No. 10. The Iron Lady

December 30, 2011 (limited) | Drama | Rated PG-13

Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Why see it?
The movie stars Meryl Streep. As Margaret Thatcher.

No. 9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

December 16, 2011 | Action, Comedy | Rated PG-13

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his trusted associate Dr. Watson (Jude Law) team up once again to match wits with the criminal genius Moriarty (Jared Harris).

Why see it?
Guy Ritchie’s first movie was surprisingly fun, and with Moriarty as the new villain, expectations are that the sequel should up the ante. On a side note, the original Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) also has a starring role.

No. 8. Albert Nobbs

December 21, 2011 (limited) | Drama | Rated R

Based on the Broadway hit, Glenn Close stars as a woman who has spent much of her life disguised as a man in order to save up money to start her own business.

Why see it?
Glenn Close was born Oscar bait, but women who “uglify” themselves have proven to be irresistible to voters – and audiences (think Nicole Kidman in The Hours and Charlize Theron in Monster).

No. 7. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

December 16, 2011 (IMAX) / December 21, 2011 (wide) | Action | Rated PG-13

When the Kremlin is destroyed in a terrorist attack, the IMF is implicated, causing it to be shut down. Ethan Hunt and his team, framed for the attack, become fugitives to prove their innocence. Tom Cruise also runs really fast and scales a really tall building.

Why see it?
Mission: Impossible III is one of the most underrated action movies of the last ten years, and with J.J. Abrams returning as producer and Brad Bird (The Incredibles) at the helm, Ghost Protocol shows promise.

No. 6. Shame

December 2, 2011 (limited) | Drama | Rated NC-17

A New Yorker (Michael Fassbender) shuns intimacy with women but is addicted to sex. When his younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, he is forced to face their painful past.

Why see it?
Director Steve McQueen’s last movie, Hunger, which also starred Michael Fassbender, was critically praised, and early reviews for Shame have been nothing less than glowing.

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By Erik Samdahl
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