The new movie releases for December 10th, 2010 are filled with plenty of drama. There is something for the family, something for the fans of Hollywood star power, a bit of Shakespeare and a biopic.

This weekends family offering is the third adaptation of the CS Lewis classic series The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Although it is rated PG for frightening images and the fantasy action sequences, it is still a great family adventure movie.  Coming in at a long 115 minutes make sure you make your pit stops before the movie starts because you won’t want to miss a minute.

For those of you who like movies filled with Hollywood superstars, you might consider The Tourist.  There is plenty of drama, action and intrigue with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure.  I pick this film to come in at number one this weekend.  Angelina Jolie makes a great action flick and Johnny Depp, well, pick a movie that he was in that wasn’t entertaining and send it to me at  I would like to know what you think and don’t say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because I thought that was great!

Next up is the Shakespeare adaptation of the classic The Tempest.  Academy Award-nominated director Julie Taymor brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar winner Helen Mirren.  Toss International Superstar Russel Brand into this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural and you have the makings for a box office hit.  I don’t know if it is sharp enough to cut Tangled or have enough magic to make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 disappear but it might come in as high as number five.

Finally is the boxing biopic The Fighter.  Mark Wahlberg stars as the Boston fighter Irish Mickey Ward and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Dicky Eklund played by Christian Bale.  This could be the surprise hit of the weekend but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is trapped in the number 8 slot.  Don’t get me wrong, Wahlberg is a contender in any role but does a boxing film have the box office draw during the holidays?

Tron and Yogi Bear will be fighting it out for the prize Picnic Basket next weekend so check back with the Media Maniac.  remember, all the latest movie news you need is right here so stay tuned and stay informed!

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