DEC. 21 "This is 40" Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow and Megan Fox. Directed by Judd Apatow. Plot: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after"Knocked Up." What to expect: Hard to say since Apatow's humor is hit and miss. "Jack Reacher" Starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Rosamund Pike. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Plot: A detective looks into a sniper shooting. What to expect: Cruise is a safe bet when he's not in a musical.
DEC. 25 "Les Misérables" Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Directed Tom Hooper. Plot: An ex-prisoner's life changes when he agrees to care for a young girl. What to expect: The popularity of the stage production will make this a box office hit. "Django Unchained" Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Plot: A slave works with a German bounty hunter to track killers. What to expect: It's a Tarantino film, so expect this pre-Civil War film to be action-packed and bloody. "Parental Guidance" Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Tom Everett Scott and Marisa Tomei. Directed by Andy Fickman Plot: A grandfather's parenting skills are tested. What to expect: Crystal and Midler should produce plenty of laughs. "Guilt Trip" Starring Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand and Yvonne Strahovski. Directed by Anne Fletcher Plot: An inventor and his mother go on a road trip. What to expect: It all depends on how much chemistry Rogen and Streisand have.
--Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee