What's in theaters this Christmas?

Action! Kinetic slime! Sinking ships! And Academy Award winners?! Brace yourself for one of the most exciting — and oddball — moviegoing holiday seasons in years. Hollywood is hoping you’ll be shaken by its miles-out-of-season blockbuster wannabes and sequels (the new Bond flick, Flubber, Scream 2) and stirred by its high-toned Oscar hopefuls (Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, and James Cameron’s Titanic). Herewith, your guide to more than 40 holiday releases offering tears, chills, and thrills to keep you in from the cold.