What It's About: A ranch hand (Heath Ledger) and a small-time rodeo man (Jake Gyllenhaal) fall in love herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain.
The scoop: It's pretty, tasteful and long, but if you're hungering for an old-fashioned male weepy, this is the one for you.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
What It's About: C.S. Lewis' classic tale of four British children going from the frying pan of London during the Blitz to the cold fire of a battle between good and evil in the fantastic parallel world of Narnia.
The scoop: A wonderful escape into a landscape filled with marvels as well as cogent moral quandaries - especially when the magnificent Tilda Swinton makes the scene as the White Witch.
Fun With Dick and Jane
What It's About: Upper-middle-class couple (Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni) turns suburban Bonnie and Clyde.
The scoop: Carrey and Leoni team up for some belly-quaking gags, but most of the movie is just as feeble as it was in 1977 with George Segal and Jane Fonda.
What It's About: You know - the beauty and the beast (a 25-foot gorilla), this time with more dinosaurs and creepy critters than ever on Skull Island.
The scoop: Peter Jackson delivers all the thrills you expect from him, and all the emotion, too - Naomi Watts and the big ape are this Christmas' dream couple.
Memoirs of a Geisha
What It's About: Rob (Chicago) Marshall's adaptation of Arthur Golden's beloved best-seller about Kyoto geisha life at its height.
The scoop: Even with Ziyi Zhang in the lead role (and Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh in support), it's a gorgeous tapestry without human figures compelling enough to anchor it.
What It's About: The Israeli government pursues the men it believes planned the slaughter of 11 of its Olympic athletes at the 1972 Summer Games.
The scoop: Turgid, sermonizing and not all that thrilling, this assassination-procedural will still stir up heated talk at your local beanery.
Pride and Prejudice
What It's About: As in Jane Austen's 1813 novel, potential lovers must see beyond their own, well, pride and prejudice.
The scoop: Keira Knightley's surprisingly strong star performance makes this latest adaptation more of a date movie than a chick flick.
What It's About: Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) and Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) set out to produce the worst show ever put on Broadway.
The scoop: It's at times this rendering of the hit musical is clunky, but it's also infectiously funny, especially when Will Ferrell is on screen as the author of Springtime for Hitler.
The Squid and the Whale
What It's About: It's Brooklyn, 1986, and a frustrated novelist and professor (Jeff Daniels) and his up-and-coming writer wife are on the rocks, much to the chagrin of their sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline).
The scoop: To add a third animal to the mix, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about his parents' split is like Woody Allen without the bull.
Walk the Line
What It's About: Country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) rises, falls and rises again with the love of June Carter Cash (Reese Witherspoon).
The scoop: Phoenix and Witherspoon act - and vocalize - their way into movie legend with their uncanny performances.