Eight movies crowded into local theaters for Christmas Day debuts. Here's a recap, with PG star ratings and MPAA ratings. Find full reviews and a guide to family films at post-gazette.com/movies.
"Bedtime Stories" The adventure comedy features Adam Sandler as a hotel handyman who tells his niece and nephew stories that mysteriously come true. Sandler leaves the raunch behind to make a family-friendlier film. PG for some mild rude humor and mild language.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald story, it's about an "elderly" baby (Brad Pitt) who grows up but gets younger with each passing year. Cate Blanchett co-stars as his lady love and Taraji Henson as the woman who fosters Benjamin. PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.
"Doubt" Meryl Streep is likely to earn her 15th Oscar nomination for her turn as a rigid, righteous nun who believes a priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is guilty of wrongdoing in this adaptation of the award-winning play. PG-13 for thematic material.
"Frost/Nixon" Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Richard Nixon on Broadway, reprises his role, as does Michael Sheen as David Frost in Ron Howard's adaptation of the play about the landmark TV interviews. R for some language.
"Marley & Me" John Grogan's best-selling book about the "world's worst dog" has been turned into a movie starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Alan Arkin and lots of very cute dogs. PG for thematic material, some suggestive content and language.
"The Reader" Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in an adaptation of the international best-seller about a woman, her one-time teenage lover and the war trial for Nazi crimes that reunites them. R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.
"The Spirit" Frank Miller of "300" and "Sin City" fame adapts Will Eisner's comic series about a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime, especially the villainous Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity.
"Valkyrie" Tom Cruise plays a World War II German officer caught up in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Based on a real story. PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.