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Charlotte and Wilbur, a boy and his dragon, and Will Smith's Happyness

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2006 5:06 PM by Scott Jentsch

E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" is a classic children's story, and there are very few adults who don't remember reading it for themselves. 33 years ago, the book got a boost of popularity when an animated movie based on the book was released. Today marks the release of a new movie, and this time, the animals are more lifelike than ever before through the wonders of mixing CGI special effects and live action.

Can Dakota Fanning, and the voices of a star-studded cast (including Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, and others) make the 2006 version a classic? Our Featured Movie Critic liked the movie a lot, and it's on the most screens in the country, so the studio and theaters must think it will do some great business.

If talking pigs and spiders aren't your style, but talking dragons are, you're in luck. "Eragon" is the story of a boy who finds what might be the very last dragon in the world. Unfortunately, the king is not a fan of dragons and sends his evil sidekick to dispense with the matter. Our Featured Critic drew quite a few parallels between the story and the original Star Wars, which could be enjoyable or disturbing, depending on your perspective.

Lastly, we have something for the adults. Unfortunately, it sounds like kind of a downer. Will Smith stars in "The Pursuit of Happyness," a story of an unemployed salesman and his son who are struggling to make ends meet and his dream of a better life for the two of them.

If you're looking for a pick-me-up, look no further than the advance shows that are happening tomorrow for the sports movie "We Are Marshall." These advance showings are happening only at select theaters, so check out the showtimes page for the movie for locations and showtimes.

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, it can be difficult to get your shopping done, make plans for visiting Aunt Zelda, and still having time to catch a movie. While we can't help you with what to wear to Aunt Zelda's house, we can help you with the other two!

Some theaters are already posting their showtimes for next weeked, so you can buy your tickets in advance for movies like Dreamgirls, Rocky Balboa, or Night at the Museum. (Maybe Aunt Zelda would like to catch a movie with you!)

You can also take a good whack at those last gift items by visiting our Gift Shop. You know the stores are running out of the good stuff and the crowds are going to be a pain, so save yourself the hassle and shop online. Our featured merchants are offering great prices on movies, music, movie posters, games, books, electronics, clothing, photo gifts, and more!

We've even made gift-giving easy by providing an easy to use Gift Ideas browser courtesy of Amazon.com. Some of the items are hand-picked by our staff, while others are best selling items for all of Amazon's many customers. If you're still not sure what to get that special someone, you can purchase gift certificates and Gift Cards for Amazon.com, iTunes, Target, and more.

Click the Read link below for information on all the new movies coming out this week and next!



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