Avoiding New Moon? You've got options!

For those who turn up their noses at sparkly vampires and CGI wolves, it may seem like your night at the movies is doomed. Fear not! There are plenty of great movies -- based on books, don't you know -- to choose from in the next couple of months.

"The Road," based on Cormac McCarthy's dystopian book of the same name, stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce. It's McCarthy, of "No Country for Old Men" fame, so it's rough. But it's sure to be powerful. (Released November 25.)

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"Precious" is already earning accolades from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and critics just about everywhere. Based on Sapphire's novel "Push," the film follows an overweight New York City teen and mother who has been negelcted and abused but hasn't lost her hope. (With Paula Patton, Mo'Nique and introducing Gabourey Sidibe.)

"The Blind Side" is about football, family and making me cry. Sure, you could turn your nose up at ANOTHER Sandra Bullock tearjerker, but as a Ravens fan, I clearly can't miss this flick, based on a book by Michael Lewis that chronicles the history of the left tackle position and Michael Oher's improbable rise to the NFL. It also stars Tim McGraw , Kathy Bates and newcomer Quinton Aaron. (Released November 20.)

Who doesn't know "Sherlock Holmes"? Add in names like Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law (whom I'm not convinced will be a great Watson, but we'll see...) and Rachel McAdams, and I'm clearly spending Christmas Day at the movies. Besides, we haven't heard Downey with a British accent for a while, and I'm really looking forward to it.

I still believe nothing will top my beloved "Muppet Christmas Carol," but I'm willing to give Jim Carrey's "A Christmas Carol" a shot. The special effects look to be amazing, at least, and they've finally figured out how to make people's faces move properly in the performance capture medium. (Released November 4.)

I'm sure there are more. Hollywood loves nothing more than to adapt our favorite books, and hopefully do it well. Are there any others you're looking forward to? And "New Moon" is an acceptable answer, I guess.

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