Film openings


THE PERFECT HOLIDAY -- (Yari Film Group) An extended family prepares to gather for the holidays in this ensemble Christmas comedy. With Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard.


Next Friday

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS -- (20th Century Fox) Jason Lee (TV's My Name Is Earl star) is the live-action songwriter who transforms the trio of computer-generated chipmunks into out-of-control pop music sensations.


ATONEMENT -- (Focus Features) Adaptation of Ian McEwan's respected 2002 novel about a young woman's decades-long struggle to make up for an impulsive childhood act that had serious repercussions. With Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

I AM LEGEND -- (Warner Bros.) After years of false starts, Richard Matheson's influential novel finally comes to the screen. After a plague renders mankind into a mass of snarling, vampire-like carnivores, Will Smith is the last man left on Earth. But is he?

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING -- (Paramount Vantage) Nicole Kidman plays the title character, an opinionated writer attending the wedding of her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and an unemployed artist (Jack Black). Directed by Noah Bambauch (The Squid and the Whale).

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING -- (Roadside) An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career. With Frank Langella and Lauren Ambrose.

SLEUTH -- (Sony Pictures Classics) In a remake of the '70s thriller, an aging writer (Michael Caine) matches wits with a struggling actor (Jude Law) who has stolen his wife's heart.

THE WALKER -- (THINKFilm) An escort (Woody Harrelson) who caters to Washington's society women is caught up in a murder case.

Release dates are subject to change.