The gist: A pale English gentlewoman meets a tanned Aussie drover during WWII down under. It has Hugh Jackman in it, so all the wives and girlfriends want to see it. It also has Nicole Kidman, so the husbands and boyfriends do not. PG-13
Starring: Kidman, Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown.
The buzz: It's not perfect, by any stretch, but it is what it is: "Deliberately anachronistic in its heightened style of romance, villainy and destiny, the epic lays an Aussie accent on colorful motifs drawn from Hollywood Westerns, war films, love stories and socially conscious dramas," Variety says. "Some of it plays, some doesn't, and it is long."
The gist: A pair who revel in ditching their entire family for the holidays now have to see each divorced parent after their annual trip out of town is canceled. That's right, suffer like the rest of us. PG-13
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Voight and Sissy Spacek.
The buzz: Really not good. "Bad enough to create one of the most joyless Christmas movies ever, but then to go for an unearned feel-good ending adds insult to injury," the Hollywood Reporter admonishes.
The gist: For a guy who has all these rules about transporting them, Jason Statham's Frank Martin seems to break them all the time. PG-13
Starring: Statham, Francois Berleand, Natalya Rudakova, Robert Knepper, Jeroen Krabbe, Alex Kobold and Yann Sundberg.
The buzz: What are you expecting, besides lots of jump cuts, pointless plot twists, indecipherable martial artistry and some snogging? "For those disappointed in the grim, gritty feel of the latest James Bond movie and who long for the absurdity of the Roger Moore-era entries, Transporter 3 ought to fit the bill," the Portland Oregonian says. — Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org