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Best bets: DeNiro pretends ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Two new movies tackle tricky family issues in very different ways. Plus: The revamped "Scrubs" returns to TV.
/ Source: msnbc.com

MOVIES
Need some family-related sympathy as you begin to run the inevitable holiday gauntlet? Slip out for a showing of Robert DeNiro's new film, "Everybody's Fine," in which the legendary actor plays a widower who goes on a lengthy road trip to reconnect with his adult kids, discovering more about their lives than perhaps he wanted to know. Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale co-star. (In theaters Dec. 4)

"Brothers" also tackles family issues. When military man Sam (Tobey Maguire) is missing in Iraq, his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets a little too close to Sam's wife, Grace (Natalie Portman) and their two girls. But when Tommy turns up alive, the very foundations of family have shifted. (In theaters Dec. 4)

TVThe revamped "Scrubs" returns Dec. 1, and Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello has already dished some dirt. "The first two episodes contain news of a death, Dr. Cox takes a page from Dr. House’s playbook and refers to his students as numbers (although he adds his own special twist), and J.D. and Turk’s hit single “Guy Love” makes a comeback," reported Ausiello. (Dec. 1, 9 p.m., ABC)

DVD
Just in time for Christmas, there's a new four-pack of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" DVDs released — this one is Volume XVI. This set includes the films "Warrior of the Lost World," "Night of the Blood Beast," "The Corpse Vanishes," and the timely "Santa Claus." There's also a Tom Servo figurine to go with the Crow T. Robot figure provided in an earlier set. Because you do buy them all, right? (Out on DVD Dec. 1)