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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

During the Chipmunks’ “Save the Music” benefit concert, sponsored by VH1, in Paris, where they perform “You Really Got Me”, David Seville (Jason Lee) tells Alvin (voiced by Justin Long) to take it easy, but Alvin has a difficult time listening. Then, Alvin jumps on top of a scaffolding and accidentally causes a billboard to fall. Alvin warns Dave, but the billboard sends Dave flying across the stage and crash into electric devices. After the accident, he is rushed to the hospital. Although he survives, he must stay for a few days to recuperate. The nurse gives him a sedative that will make him fall asleep in a minute, so he tells his boys that he’s leaving his Aunt Jackie (Kathryn Joosten) in charge of the Chipmunks until he returns. Also, he tells Alvin, Simon (voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (voiced by Jesse McCartney) that while he’s away, he wants them to have a normal childhood, and that he has also made arrangements for them to go to school. They head to the airport, where the Chipmunks meet up with Aunt Jackie, who introduces her grandson Toby (Zachary Levi), a former high school dropout. He is playing on a Nintendo DS, paying no attention to them. Toby then accidentally knocks Jackie’s wheelchair down some stairs while getting the boys’ luggage, and an airport luggage trolley crashes into her. She is also sent to the hospital, so Toby is left in charge.

Cast:Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, David Cross, Wendie Malick, Justin Long


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Prep & Landing

Wayne is part of an elite organization known as “Prep & Landing” whose job is to get in, get out and ready Santa Claus’s visit to millions of houses. After a long times work with “Prep & Landing” (227 years), Wayne looks forward to getting a promotion and begin leaving “Prep & Landing” behind him, though Magee (the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator), informs him the next year that his former partner got the promotion, not him. Wayne is introduced to Lanny, a rookie in “Prep & Landing” to train as his new partner. Lanny looks up to Wayne, and the two head off on their mission to prep a house in the suburbs. Lanny goes up and checks on the sleeping humans while Wayne decides to slack (still being bitter about the promotion), eating a stale Christmas cookie and milk. While Lanny works on the tree, a boy named Timmy catches Wayne and snaps photos of him, proving his existence. Lanny quickly arrives at the scene and using a pixie dust grenade to put Timmy back to sleep in his bed, and deletes the photos on his camera.

Cast:Dave Foley, Derek Richardson, Sarah Chalke


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Fantastic Mr. Fox

While raiding a chicken farm, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) trigger a fox trap and become caged. Felicity reveals to Fox that she is pregnant and pleads with him to find a safer job should they escape.
Two years later, the Foxes and their sullen son. Ash (Jason Schwartzman), are living in a hole. Fox, now a newspaper columnist, decides to move the family into a better home and buys one in the base of a tree, ignoring the warnings of his lawyer Badger (Bill Murray). The tree is located very close to the enormous facilities run by farmers Walter Boggis, Nathan Bunce, and Franklin Bean (Michael Gambon). Soon after the Foxes move in, Felicity’s nephew Kristofferson (Eric Chase Anderson) comes to live with them, as his father has become very ill. Ash finds this situation intolerable considering his soft-spoken cousin is apparently superior to him in every possible aspect and seemingly everyone, including his own father, is charmed by him at his expense.

Cast:George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray


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The Princess and the Frog

The movie opens in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is a hard working waitress, who has let go of having fun in favor of her dream of having her own restaurant, which is a shared dream with her father (Terrence Howard), who promised with Tiana to open a restaurant called “Tiana’s place”. She plans to turn an old building into her restaurant (”Almost There”). However her mother (Oprah Winfrey) insists that she needs to look at other parts of her life.
Meanwhile, Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos) of a country called Maldonia, arrives in New Orleans with his butler Lawrence (Peter Bartlett). The prince has been cut off by his parents for his play-boy and jazzy lifestyle and either has to marry or get a job to support himself. Naveen plans to wed Charlotte (Jennifer Cody), who is a daughter of rich, bumbling yet kind sugar mill owner, Eli ‘Big Daddy’ La Bouff (John Goodman) to gain a fortune. The prince and Lawrence meet up with Doctor Facilier (Keith David), aka, “The Shadow Man”. He turns Naveen into a frog, and use Naveen’s blood to make Lawrence look like Naveen and marry Charlotte (”Friends on the Other Side”). The Shadowman then plans to kill LeBouff, seize the fortune for himself, and turn the city over to the evil Voodoo gods, who will feed on the souls of the citizens.

Cast:Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley


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On Christmas Eve in Victorian England, Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter and miserly old moneylender, holds everything that embodies the joys and spirit of Christmas in contempt, refusing to visit his cheerful nephew Fred’s Christmas dinner party with his family, and forcing his underpaid employee Bob Cratchit to beg to take the day off for his own family. That night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who had died seven years prior on Christmas Eve and is now forced to spend his afterlife carrying heavy chains forged from his own greedy ways. Marley warns Scrooge that he will suffer an even worse fate if he doesn’t repent, and foretells that he will be haunted by three spirits that will help guide him.

Cast:Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth


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