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A season's film feast

HOLIDAY SNEAKS LIST

Just for the eyes? Check the menu: You may find something more substantial.

November 02, 2008

Frank Langella and Michael Sheen reprise their theatrical roles in playwright Peter Morgan's dramatization of the events surrounding the historic interview between disgraced former President Richard Nixon and British TV personality David Frost. With Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and Sam Rockwell. Written by Morgan. Directed by Ron Howard. Universal

Nobel Son

A struggling doctoral candidate is kidnapped on the eve of the Nobel Prize being awarded to his father, who refuses to hand over the $2 million in prize money as ransom. With Bryan Greenberg, Alan Rickman, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson, Shawn Hatosy, Eliza Dushku and Ernie Hudson. Written by Jody Savin & Randall Miller. Directed by Miller. Freestyle Releasing

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
"The Tale of Despereaux": In Sunday's Calendar section, the Holiday Movie Sneaks entry for the upcoming "The Tale of Despereaux" listed only one of the animated film's directors, Sam Fell. Robert Stevenhagen co-directed.

Punisher: War Zone

Ray Stevenson takes over the title role, as vigilante Frank Castle squares off against a vengeful mob boss he disfigured. Written by Nick Santora and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. Directed by Lexi Alexander. Lionsgate

Timecrimes

Traveling back in time one hour, a man meets himself triggering a series of disastrous events. With Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez and Barbara Goenaga. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. In Spanish with English subtitles. Magnet Releasing

Dec. 10

The Reader

Writer David Hare adapted Bernard Schlink's novel set in postwar Germany about a man whose life has been influenced by an affair with an older woman. Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star. Directed by Stephen Daldry. The Weinstein Co.

Dec. 12

$9.99

In this animated comedy, an ad for a booklet promising answers to life's greatest questions, sold for $9.99, alters the life of Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors. Their stories are woven together, examining the postmodern meaning of hope. Written by Etgar Keret and Tatia Rosenthal. Directed by Rosenthal. With the voices of Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Samuel Johnson. Regent Releasing

Che

Benicio Del Toro stars in this biopic of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. With Demian Bichir, Santiago Cabrera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond, Lou Diamond Phillips. Written by Peter Buchman. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. IFC Films

Dark Streets

The story of a 1930s playboy who owns the hottest nightclub in town, surrounded by blues music and caught in a triangle between two singers at the club. With Gabriel Mann, Elias Koteas, Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko. Screenplay by Wallace King. Directed by Rachel Samuels. Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connolly star in a reinvention of the 1951 classic about the global impact of an enigmatic alien's arrival. With Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and Jaden Smith. Written by David Scarpa. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Also in IMAX. 20th Century Fox

Delgo

An adventurous but naive teenager must rally his friends to protect their world from conflict between the Lockni and Nohrin people. With the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Bancroft, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Eric Idle, Lou Gossett Jr. and Malcolm McDowell. Written and directed by Marc F. Adler. Fathom Studios/ Freestyle Entertainment

Doubt

John Patrick Shanley wrote and directed this adaptation of his award-winning play about doubt and suspicion surrounding alleged inappropriate behavior at a parochial school in the Bronx in 1964. Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis star. Miramax

Gardens of the Night

Two teenagers, abducted together as children, now live as street kids and struggle to cope with the past. With John Malkovich and Tom Arnold. Written and directed by Damian Harris. City Lights Media Group

Nothing Like

the Holidays

Far-flung members of the Rodriguez family converge at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas. With John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina and Debra Messing. Screenplay by Alison Swan and Rick Najera. Directed by Alfredo de Villa. Overture Films

Wendy and Lucy

As a woman travels to Alaska with her dog for a lucrative summer job, her car breaks down, forcing her to confront her dire financial situation. Starring Michelle Williams. Written by Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, from the story by Raymond. Directed by Reichardt. Oscilloscope Pictures

Were the

World Mine

In this musical take on "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a dismal teen casts a spell on his school, friends and family when he stumbles upon a magical love-pansy. Featuring Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane and Zelda Williams. Written by Cory James Krueckeberg and Tom Gustafson. Directed by Gustafson. SPEAKproductions

What Doesn't

Kill You

Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke star as friends from South Boston whose lives of crime put a strain on their relationships and friendship. With Amanda Peet. Written by Brian Goodman, Paul T. Murray. Directed by Goodman. Yari Film Group

Dec. 17

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