By Guy Hanford
Editor’s Note: Guy Hanford, who retired in June after 39 years as a teacher with the Ramona school district, has been writing Flickers since July 2009 under his pen name, Barton Keyes. Keyes is a character in one of Hanford’s favorite film noir movies, “Double Indemnity.” The film is excellent in every way, said Hanford, and he liked the sound of the name — “dignified and very proper,” he added. Now that he’s retired, Hanford has dropped the pen name. A movie buff, Hanford is co-owner of Kensington Video, which he and his parents purchased 27 years ago.
Box Office Leaders
Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows
PG13 Sherlock Holmes battles his evil nemesis Prof. Moriarty.
New Year’s Eve
PG13 New Yorkers celebrate love, forgiveness, and second chances on New Year’s Eve.
R Jonah Hill is a suspended college student hired to babysit three young misfits next door.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
G While on a cruise, the chipmunks end up getting shipwrecked.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt.1
PG13 Bella and Edward must deal with their marriage and a child.
PG Will Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the other Muppets re-unite for a telethon to save a theatre?
PG Santa’s son, Arthur, must complete a huge mission before Christmas Day.
PG Hugo must unlock a secret left by his father that will transform him and reveal a safe haven.
s R George Clooney is out tracking down his estranged wife with his two rebellious daughters.
2 PG Mumble’s son, Erik, must conquer his fear of dancing and meets a penguin who can fly.
Jack and Jill
PG Jack abhors the visit of his identical twin at Thanksgiving time. Stars Adam Sandler
R Zeus guides the immortal Theseus against the evil King Hyperion in this action fantasy.
ALSO PLAYING IN THEATERS
50/50, Ides of March, In Time, J. Edgar, Le Havre, Like Crazy, Melancholia, Moneyball, My Week with Marilyn, Paranormal Activity 3, Puss in Boots, Real Steel, The Rum Diary, Shame, The Skin I Live In, Take Shelter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tower Heist, A Warrior’s Heart, The Way, Young Goethe in Love
New in Theaters — December 21
The Adventures of Tintin
PG Tintin and his dog Snowy take on danger in this fast-paced adventure.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
R A journalist and computer hacker search for a young girl’s murderer.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
PG13 Ethan must clear the name of the IMF’s blame for terrorism.
12/23 We Bought a Zoo – In the Land of Blood and Honey 12/25 The Darkest Hour – War Horse – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
New on DVD — December 20
Midnight in Paris
PG13 A family travels to Paris and has a life changing experience. – Woody Allen
PG Scientists rally to save a dolphin, Winter, in this inspiring true story. w/Morgan Freeman
PG13 Two brothers face off in the ring in a mixed martial arts tournament. w/Tom Hardy
R Wall Street players face a monetary and moral decision during the 2008 financial crisis.
NR A professional killer goes after the gangster who killed her parents. w/Zoe Saldana
Foreign, Classics, Documentaries and more
The Tempest, Straw Dogs, Glee: The Concert Movie, Catch .44, Blackthorn, Nothing Sacred, A Farewell to Arms, Toast, Burke and Hare, Love Exposure, Into the Lion’s Den, Julia’s Eyes, Stay Cool, Full Signal, For Love of Amy
Futurama v6, Elfen Lied
TV Series on DVD:
One Tree Hill s8, The Franchise s1, Donna Reed Show s4.