‘King Kong’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ arrive for the holiday season
/ Source: msnbc.com
By By Paige Newman
It’s holiday season, which means Oscar bait will be coming your way fast and furious. From Heath Ledger’s award-worthy turn in “Brokeback Mountain” to Steven Spielberg’s race to finish the likely Oscar best-picture nominee “Munich,” much of what comes to theaters in the next month and a half is what you’ll see on those Oscar ballots.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be blockbusters. One of the biggest is coming your way on Dec. 14 as Peter Jackson unleashes “King Kong.” Can the film live up to his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Could it even vie for Oscar?
How about turning a series of beloved children’s books into movies? No, not Harry Potter. These books star a talking lion named Aslan and are widely thought to be a retelling of the Christ story. Will “The Chronicles of Narnia” prove as popular as Harry and his pals?
Some good small films emerge as Scarlett Johansson emerges as a new Woody Allen muse in “Match Point,” and George Clooney takes possible steps towards an Oscar nomination in “Syriana.” Yes, the Oscar race heats up, my friends, but at least now we’ll have something to keep us warm this winter.