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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Young Adult photograph © 2011 Paramount Pictures and Mercury Productions, LLC. All rights reserved

Your Frenemy: Young Adult or We Bought a Zoo
The mentality behind bringing your frenemy to Young Adult is very different from the metnailtiy behind bringing your frenemy to We Bought a Zoo. Young Adult, which reunites the writer and director behind Juno, is about a scheming, unpleasant writer who, after finding success as a young adult author, returns to her hometown to try and lure her high school sweetheart away from his new wife and baby. Maybe your frenemy will use the story as a cautionary tale and seek to find a new path.

» Check out our review of Young Adult here

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We Bought a Zoo photograph by Neal Preston TM and © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved

We Bought a Zoo, on the other hand — about a guy who buys a run-down zoo and fixes it up with his kids after his wife dies — is not very good. (I had a chance to see a sneak preview at the Colonie Center in Albany.) If you want to subject your frenemy to some punishment, suggest this mix of haphazard heart-tugging and unlikable underdogs, both human and animal.

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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 www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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