What people are watching in January 2011

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1. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 96,860 | Gross: $137.86M

2. The Wotwots (2009– )

10 min | Animation, Family

A mix of live-action and computer animation to follow a pair of inquisitive, creative alien siblings as they learn about life on Earth.

Stars: Martin Baynton, Nathalie Boltt, Janet Roddick, Nicholas Parsons

Votes: 80

3. Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (2010 Video)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back follows Comet, the cool techno chimp who longs to be taken seriously as a full-fledged space chimp. Comet journeys to the fantastical Planet Malgor and ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Williams | Stars: Tom Kenny, Zack Shada, Patrick Warburton, Cheryl Hines

Votes: 1,593

4. Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, War

The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace | Stars: Bryan Brown, George Takei, Terry O'Quinn, John Bach

Votes: 779

5. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,940,405 | Gross: $292.58M

6. The Last Airbender (2010)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Family

20 Metascore

Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Votes: 142,075 | Gross: $131.56M

7. I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer (2010)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Arthur Lyle miraculously discovers the secret to stopping an evil dragon named Lord Darksmoke who threatens to destroy all civilization.

Director: Andrew Lauer | Stars: Lea Thompson, Hunter Allan, Eric Lutes, Richard Sellers

Votes: 602

8. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

37 Metascore

Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother and others who he has lost such as his friend who died in the military, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew

Votes: 56,707 | Gross: $31.16M

9. Marmaduke (2010)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family

30 Metascore

A suburban family moves to a new neighborhood with their large, yet lovable Great Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Owen Wilson, Judy Greer, Lee Pace, Emma Stone

Votes: 13,783 | Gross: $33.64M

10. Hawke (2010 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

The story of the Life of Former Australian Prime minister Bob Hawke.

Director: Emma Freeman | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake, Felix Williamson, Asher Keddie

Votes: 221

11. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A young fugitive Prince and Princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina

Votes: 263,564 | Gross: $90.76M

12. The Joneses (2011)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

A dark comedy about rival neighbors whose quest for the best turns deadly.

Director: Chris Tyrrell | Stars: James Shalkoski Jr., Stacey Cruwys, Amy Ulrich, Tony Ramos Wright

Votes: 89

13. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 723,871 | Gross: $415.00M

14. Dora the Explorer (2000–2019)
Episode: Dora's Big Birthday Adventure (2010)

TV-Y | 46 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Dora and Boots need to get home for Dora's birthday party. But before they can jump out of the Magic Storybook, a wind blows them into Wizzle World. Here, they need to take the crystal to ... See full summary »

Stars: Caitlin Sanchez, Jean Carlos Celi, Jessica Conde, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 13

15. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 82,504 | Gross: $1.82M

16. Iron Man 2 (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 691,370 | Gross: $312.43M

17. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 93,692

18. The Hedgehog (2009)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

64 Metascore

The life of a determined young girl is changed when she befriends her building's concierge, a solitary woman who is more than what she seems.

Director: Mona Achache | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet

Votes: 8,289

19. Black Death (2010)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

71 Metascore

Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon

Votes: 42,571 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Mother and Child (2009)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A drama centered around three women: A fifty-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-five years ago, and a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Alexandria M. Salling

Votes: 11,247 | Gross: $1.11M

21. Murderland (2009)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A thriller that tells a traumatic murder story through the eyes of three central characters: Carrie the daughter of the murdered woman, Douglas Hain the detective in charge of the investigation, and Sally the murder victim.

Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Amanda Hale, Bel Powley, Sharon Small

Votes: 435

22. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 348,800 | Gross: $244.08M

23. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010 Video)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Tinker Bell must team up with a rival fairy to keep their existence a secret from humans.

Director: Bradley Raymond | Stars: Mae Whitman, Lauren Mote, Michael Sheen, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 7,116

24. The A-Team (2010)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

A group of Iraq War veterans look to clear their name with the U.S. Military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel

Votes: 240,567 | Gross: $77.22M



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