Many movies to see on New Year's Day 

Opening this week

 

"The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" -- A rebellious Southern debutante falls for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks whose relationship is in jeopardy when she loses a valuable family diamond. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret, Mamie Gummer and Will Patton. Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Jodie Markell. (1:42) PG-13.

 

"The White Ribbon" -- Strange accidents occur in a Protestant village in northern Germany on the eve of World War I. With Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur, Theo Trebs and Michael Schenk. Written and directed by Michael Haneke. In German with English subtitles. (2:24) R.

 

Also In Theaters

 

"Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel" -- The chipmunks head to school to save the music program in a battle of the bands where they face off against the Chipettes. With the voices of Zach Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Screenplay by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi. Directed by Betty Thomas. (1:28) PG.

 

"Avatar" -- An "avatar," a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by James Cameron. Also in IMAX 3D. (2:30) PG-13.

 

"The Blind Side" -- The true story of a young, homeless African-American boy taken in by a well-to-do white family to discover his potential as a student and a football player. Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins and Jae Head. Written and directed by John Lee Hancock. (2:06) PG-13.

 

"Brothers" -- When a decorated Marine goes missing in Afghanistan, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home. Starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins Jr. and Mare Winningham. Written by David Benioff. Directed by Jim Sheridan. (1:50) R.

 

"Did You Hear About the Morgans?" -- A Manhattan couple whose marriage is on the rocks witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. With Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly and Wilford Brimley. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence. (1:43) PG-13.

 

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" -- Director Robert Zemeckis captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale with a 3-D twist. With Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes and Fionnula Flanagan. (1:16) PG.

 

"Invictus" -- The inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. With Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Screenplay by Anthony Peckham. Directed by Clint Eastwood. (2:12) PG-13.

 

"It's Complicated" -- A divorced mother becomes caught up in a love triangle when she renews a romance with her ex. With Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers. (1:54) R.

 

"Nine" -- This musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he tries to balance the numerous women in his life. Starring Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Stacy Ferguson, Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren. Screenplay by Anthony Minghella and Michael Tolkin. Directed by Rob Marshall. (1:50) PG-13.

 

"Old Dogs" -- Two best friends, an unlucky-in-love divorcee and a fun-loving bachelor, are unexpectedly charged with the care of 6-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. With John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Ella Bleu Travolta, Lori Loughlin and Matt Dillon. Written by David Diamond and David Weissman. Directed by Walt Becker. (1:28) PG.

 

"The Princess and the Frog" -- This animated musical marks the return to hand-drawn animation in this modern twist on a classic tale set in New Orleans. With the voices of Anika Noni Rose, John Goodman, Keith David, Jim Cummings and Jenifer Lewis. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. (1:35) G.

 

"Sherlock Holmes" -- Guy Ritchie directs the newest portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and his stalwart partner Dr. Watson. With Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and Kelly Reilly. Directed by Ritchie. (2:14) PG-13.

 

"A Single Man" -- Set in 1962 Los Angeles at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, a British college professor struggles to find meaning in his life after the death of his longtime partner. With Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Written by Tom Ford and David Scearce. Directed by Ford. (1:39) NR.

 

"2012" -- An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and the heroic struggle of the survivors. With John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. Written by Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser. Directed by Emmerich. (2:38) PG-13.

 

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" -- Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson return in this sequel to "Twilight" which finds Bella drawn into the world of werewolves after the devastating departure of her vampire love. With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. Directed by Chris Weitz. (2:10) PG-13.

 

"Up In the Air" -- A corporate downsizing expert who cherishes his life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent flier miles and after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. With George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner. Directed by Reitman. (1:49) R.

 

"The Young Victoria" -- In the turbulent first years of her reign, Queen Victoria falls in love. With Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann and Mark Strong. Written by Julian Fellowes. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. (1:44) PG.

 

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