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November 01, 2009

The 2009 Holiday Movie Sneaks is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Compiled by Liesl Bradner, these release dates and other details are subject to change.


Nov. 6

The Box

A suburban couple faces a moral dilemma when they receive a wooden box promising $1 million if they push a button that will cause the death of another person. With Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. Screenplay by and directed by Richard Kelly. Warner Bros. Pictures

Died Young,

Stayed Pretty

A look at the underground indie-rock poster subculture in North America. Interviews with Tom Hazelmyer, Art Chantry, Brian Chippendale, the Ames Brothers, Jeff Kleinsmith, Jay Ryan, Print Mafia and Rob Jones. Directed by Eileen Yaghoobian. 3DD Group and Norotomo Productions Inc.


A Christmas Carol

The classic Dickens tale is updated with a 3-D twist. With Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes, Fionnula Flanagan. Screenplay by and directed by Robert Zemeckis. In IMAX 3D. Walt Disney Pictures

The Fourth Kind

Evidence of alien abductions in Nome, Alaska, based on actual case studies. With Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Elias Koteas. Screenplay by and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Universal

Looking for Palladin

An arrogant Hollywood talent agent travels to Guatemala to ink a deal with a retired Oscar-winning actor. With Ben Gazzara, David Moscow, Talia Shire and Vincent Pastore. Written and directed by Andrzej Krakowski. Wildcat Releasing

The Men Who Stare at Goats

A reporter stumbles across an experimental U.S. military unit that utilizes psychic powers and is searching for its missing founder. With George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Directed by Grant Heslov. Screenplay by Peter Straughan. Overture Films

Precious: Based

on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

An abused and pregnant 16-year-old is offered a chance to transfer to an alternative school where she can learn to read and write. With Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe. Directed by Lee Daniels. Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher. Lionsgate

Victory Day

A war photographer takes on an oligarch guilty of sabotaging Russia's reforms and privatization of the 1990s. With Natalie Shiyanova, Sean Ramsay and Gabriela Stern. Directed by Ramsay. Written by David Fellowes. New Media International

The Wedding Song

Two childhood friends, sharing a house in 1942 Tunisia where Jews and Muslims live in harmony, struggle to attain their dreams. Written and directed by Karin Albou. Strand Releasing

The Yes Men

Fix the World

Two guys pose as top executives of detested corporations in hopes of alerting them to the problems they cause. With Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. Directed by Bichlbaum, Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr. Shadow Distribution

Nov. 13


A global cataclysm brings an end to the world as people struggle to survive. With John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Harald Kloser & Emmerich. Columbia Pictures


Three teenagers in their last semester of school try to shake things up before graduating. With Emmy Rossum, Ashley Springer, Zach Gilford. Written by David Brind and directed by Adam Salky. Image Entertainment

The Fantastic

Mr. Fox

Based on the story by Roald Dahl, the noble and charming Mr. Fox uses his wits and cunning to outfox three dimwitted farmers. With the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Directed by Wes Anderson. Screenplay by Anderson and Noah Baumbach. 20th Century Fox

The Little Traitor

Set in Palestine in 1947, a few months before Israel becomes a state, an 11-year-old Israeli boy befriends a British officer and is sent to trial for being a traitor. With Ido Port, Alfred Molina, Jake Barker and Theodore Bikel. Screenplay by and directed by Lynn Roth. Westchester Films

Love Hurts

Down in the dumps since his wife left him, a middle-aged man's son forces him into the social scene. With Richard E. Grant, Carrie-Anne Moss. Written and directed by Barra Grant. Lantern Lane Entertainment

Oh My God

Filmmaker Peter Rodger attempts to answer the age-old question "What is God?" by exploring various religions and cultures and interviewing spiritual leaders, everyday people and celebrities. With Hugh Jackman, Seal, Ringo Starr, Bob Geldof. Gussi S.A. and Mitropoulos Films

Pirate Radio

A band of rogue DJs blasts rock 'n' roll to the U.K. from the high seas during the 1960s. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh. Written and directed by Richard Curtis. Focus Features

Ten9Eight: Shoot

for the Moon

A chronicle of several teens from low-income communities learning how to be entrepreneurs by competing in an annual business plan competition. Directed by Mary Mazzio. 50 Eggs Films

Women in Trouble

A day in the lives of 10 seemingly disparate women all headed for trouble. With Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. Screen Media Films

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