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Mr. Moviefone: 'Life of Pi' is 'mystical'

  • Russ Leatherman reviews three holiday films out just in time for Thanksgiving

Russ Leatherman, also known as Mr. Moviefone, has three very different choices for you this holiday weekend!

  • "Life of Pi" - Leatherman says it's a "big, fantastic, kind of mystical journey." The film's main characters are a boy named Pi Patel (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma), and a tiger who are lost at sea in a small boat. Many thought this was a film that couldn't be made but Leatherman says Oscar winning director Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain') has made a "beautiful" movie.  He is "in" for 'Life of Pi."
  • "Rise of the Guardians" - "More for the kids," says Leatherman about this computer animated film that teams up childhood holiday characters like the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus to save children's imaginations. Leatherman says the film's version of Santa Claus, "with tattoos and a thumb ring" was hard to get used to, but otherwise he liked it. Mr. Moviefone is "in" for "Rise of the Guardians."
  • "Hitchcock" - Anthony Hopkins plays the prolific movie director Alfred Hitchcock, known for his suspenseful thrillers like "Rear Window," "The Birds," or "North by Northwest." This movie takes place during the filming of what is probably Hitchcock's most famous film, "Psycho." Leatherman says Hopkins "not only plays Hitchcock, he IS Hitchcock," and says this is a must see for Hitchcock fans.

Also: "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" & "Silver Linings Playbook"

Still in theaters: "Skyfall" & "Lincoln"

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