Movie Reviews: What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday

Poptional Reading’s annual review of the newest 13 movies in theaters at Christmas (and who to watch them with)

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol photograph courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic © 2011 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved

Your Teens: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
It’s Tom Cruise doing what Tom Cruise does — scaling the outside of buildings, breaking through windows, and performing all other manner of extreme espionage. This entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise is the first live-action movie directed by Brad Bird, who previously helmed amazing animated features like The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. The previous Mission: Impossible installment was also done by a first-time feature director, JJ Abrams, who worked on Star Trek and Super 8, so let’s hope some of that M:I magic rubs off on Bird as well.

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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