Opening Wide: The Box, A Christmas Carol, Fourth Kind, Men Who Stare At Goats

by | November 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM | The Movies

Here’s what’s opening in theaters nationwide this weekend, and it’s a kooky crop this time around. Of course, Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol in 3-D will do boffo business. George Clooney’s oddball psychic soldier story The Men Who Stare At Goats will likely be an acquired taste, while Richard Kelly’s long-awaited The Box might draw the Darko cult. Then there’s the experimental alien abduction film The Fourth Kind, which takes “reality-style” to a new level.


The Men Who Stare At Goats
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Ewan McGregor stars in this weird comedy as a Michigan journalist who goes to the Middle East to prove to the wife who just dumped him that he’s worth a damn, and in the process he meets Lyn Cassaday (George Clooney) and discovers a secret government project headed up by a hippie Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) to create a squad of Warrior Monks, aka Jedi, with strange mental powers – including killing goats with their minds.

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A Christmas Carol
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Jim Carrey takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the ghosts that visit him, in Robert Zemeckis’ 3-D version of the traditional Charles Dickens holiday story, with Gary Oldman starring as Bob Cratchit.

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The Box
Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly returns with another weird metaphysical tale. Buy tickets at Fandango!
Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are a struggling average couple in 1976 who are visited by a mysterious disfigured stranger (Frank Langella) who offers them a strange opportunity – at the push of a button, they can solve all of their problems, at the cost of the life of some stranger they don’t know. What choice will they make?


The Fourth Kind
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Milla Jovovich is a therapist in Nome, Alaska who tries to treat people with strangely similar mental disorders that lead her to believe that they’ve been abducted by aliens. Take a closer look at the film here.

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