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Hotties for the holidays

Daniel Craig, James Franco and Vince Vaughn burn up the screen


Hotties for the holidays
Daniel Craig, James Franco and Vince Vaughn burn up the screen

Quantum of Solace


 
Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

MILK Sean Penn stars in this Oscar-baiting film about Harvey Milk, assassinated in 1978 for being the first openly gay man elected to public office in America. Under the ever-sensitive, ever-original direction of Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), the film should humanize the man who became an unwitting martyr, showing a flawed and fallible hero. Bonus: James Franco—who will most likely be nominated for an Academy Award next year—sports a fake phallus and plays Milk’s hunky lover.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE Casino Royale proved that, when it comes to movies, big doesn’t have to be dumb. The praise-be image of Daniel Craig emerging from the ocean in blue micro-shorts reportedly won’t get a repeat in this sequel, but a broodier Bond returns, seeking revenge for his girlfriend’s murder. Also: global conspiracies, a respected director (Marc Forster of The Kite Runner) and a smidgen of shirtlessness may make us forgive the season’s worst title.

FOUR CHRISTMASES ‘Tis the season (well, close enough) for a featherweight comedy about the tribulations of modern seasonal holidaying. In Four Christmases, a couple with divorced parents attempts to hit four different family celebrations on one Christmas Eve. Anyone who was a backpack-wielding child of divorce will laugh at the ensuing farce, maybe ruefully, and everyone else can marvel at the twinkling chemistry between tiny, sugary Reese Witherspoon and tall, acerbic Vince Vaughn. —Katrina Onstad