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Movies at the Theater, on DVD and on Dish Network This Weekend!

So many great movies were released in theaters last weekend that it was difficult to decide which one to see first! Let's see if the movies slated for release today can compare to last week's hits!

Last Week at the Box Office:

#1 The Princess and the Frog
2. The Blind Side
3. Invictus
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
5. Disney's a Christmas Carol

I must say that I'm surprised Invictus made less money than The Blind Side. There's something about The Blind Side that seems very stereotypical to me and makes the film completely uninteresting, but then again, I could be wrong. The Princess and the Frog did even better than expected raking in over $24 million and breaking a record as the highest grossing animated movie on opening weekend during the month of December. It seems that Twilight fans are watching their favorite flick over and over again with New Moon coming in at fourth place on its third week in. Disney's A Christmas Carol received mixed reviews with some critics claiming that it's just more of the same old story, however, the film has grossed $30,051,075 and was number one during its opening weekend.

Here are the films released today 12/18/09:

And now everyone… The moment we've all been waiting for… Avatar is here!

Avatar is released today and is expected to reap in a huge profit, at least, that's what James Cameron is hoping after he just made the most expensive film of all time. The effects should be incredible with Cameron's new invention that allows him to direct an animated film in real time. He created a new camera that will bring us even closer into the 3-D picture. Cameron has waited years for this and had the story prepared well in advance. He did not make it years ago because he was waiting for new technological developments to come around to present the movie the way he wants it to be seen. The story seems compelling and it seems to target a wide audience. Could this film draw in as many cronies as Star Wars? Time will tell!

Did You Hear About the Morgans? About who? This film is coming out today and in case you haven't heard of it among the Avatar craze, it's the romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. There's probably a reason if you haven't heard of it. The film has already received a D+ from critics and it will probably be devoured by the competition. The couple's marriage is in trouble and they happen to witness a murder. Their relationship begins to grow when they are placed under witness protection and relocated to a suburban town.

There has been a decent amount of chitchat on the Internet about the new film Nine. I'm not quite sure what to make of it just yet because I haven't seen the trailer. What I can say for sure is that the cast of this musical is fantastic. It stars Penelope Cruz (who was just in a film that opened last week), Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard and Fergie! The story focuses on director Guido Contini who is trying to juggle the many women in his life.

The rest of the movies released today are as follows:

The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend will focus on the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges is about a country music singer and is expected to be quite interesting.

Ricky starring Sergio Lopez and Alexandra Lamy is about a loving couple who give birth to a very unique baby.

A Town Called Panic is an animated adventure about a cowboy, Indian and horse that discover an underwater world.

Rentals…

If you're renting a movie, I am pleased to inform you that Quentin Tarantino's film Inglorious Basterds was out on Tuesday! I'm one of the very few Tarantino fans who did not have a chance to check out what looks to be one of his many hits. I'm looking forward to watching it this weekend. I can't wait!

Here are the rest of the movies that were released to DVD on Tuesday:

Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp.

The Hangover starring Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.

G-Force, an animated movie including a squad of guinea pigs with the voices of Bill Nighy and Sam Rockwell.

Taking Woodstock, a comedy directed by Ang Lee and starring Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch and Henry Goodman.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard starring Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames and James Brolin.

The Girl From Monaco starring Fabrice Luchini and Roschdy Zem.

The Other Man starring Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney.

Movies on Dish Network

Those of you who feel like staying home and cuddling close for a great movie can check out the following top 10 films I chose that are playing on Dish Network's premium channels…All times are EST.

1. Gladiator on Encore Drama 10:20-12:05 a.m. Tonight

2. Doubt on Starz Cinema 10:00-11:45 p.m. Tonight

3. Gran Torino on More Max 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday

4. Slumdog Millionaire 4:00-6:00 p.m. on HBO Signature Sunday

5. The Virgin Suicides on Showtime Showcase 6:15-8:00 p.m. Sunday

6. Rosemary's Baby on More Max 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday

7. Desperado on Encore 8:00-9:45 p.m. Tonight

8. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? on Showtime 2 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday

9. Natural Born Killers on Encore Action 11:45-1:50 a.m. Tonight

10. One Fine Day on HBO Comedy 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tonight

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