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It is said that the fall months are the graveyard of movie releases, where low budget films are released to suffer a slow demise. This may have been the case in the past but of late the fall is becoming the home to films that rival the releases of summer.

With many films coming out this December and an economic recession delaying its departure, people seem to feel that pinch in their wallets.

With current ticket prices in Riverside hovering at $11 and student tickets sold at CBU for $6.50, the question is, “Which films are worth seeing?” or “Which movies are better to wait for on Redbox?” Below are some of the biggest releases of the month and information to help determine whether they are worth spending that $11 ticket on.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” Dec. 10 Rated PG

The third outing for the heroes of Narnia, this film takes place on the oceans of Narnia on a mission which will determine its fate. This film will be released in 3D and is heavy on special effects. It would be worth supporting this movie at the box office since future Narnia films depend on its success.

Verdict: Worth seeing in theaters

“The Fighter” Dec. 10 Rated R

Following the true story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his trainer/brother Dick Eklund, this film stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. Bale is already getting Oscar buzz for the role.

Verdict: See in theaters

“The Tourist” Dec. 10 Rated PG-13

Stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie as strangers who are caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. This romantic thriller is set against the backdrop of Europe. This is the second outing for the director and it may be wise to wait on this film.

Verdict: Wait for Redbox

“Tron: Legacy”- Dec. 17 Rated PG

The long awaited sequel to the 1980s Disney film, this story follows Sam Flynn on a mission to rescue his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges) who has been trapped in the digital world for 20 years. This film looks like it will deliver on story and special effects.

Verdict: Do not miss it; a must see in theaters!

“Little Fockers”- Dec. 22 Rated R

The third film in the popular Focker series, the movie continues the story of the Focker family who are expecting a baby. These films are known for having a lot of crude humor and this one may be better to wait out.

Verdict: Wait for Redbox

“True Grit”- Dec. 22 Rated PG-13

The remake of the John Wayne’s epic of yesteryear stars Jeff Bridges as Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, who is hired by a teenage girl to find her father’s murderer. This film is directed by the Coen brothers who have proved that they are able to handle westerns well. It would be good to support westerns in theaters so that more are likely to be made.

Verdict: See in theaters

“Country Strong”- Dec. 22 Rated PG-13

A film about the country music business starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, this story chronicles two fallen music stars’ return to the top and the rise of a new music star. This film is garnering buzz about Gwyneth Paltrow performing her own songs. If you are a fan of country music this is a must see, for all others wait it out.

Verdict: Wait for Redbox

This December’s movie schedule is a mix of Western, Fantasy, Drama and SciFi, with a fair amount of 3D thrown into the mix. Over the last few years, the tables seem to be turning as more popular films are thriving in the fall. This fall it may be worth it to shell out a little cash to see a good movie or two – or just grab a bucket of popcorn, call that special someone and enjoy a Redbox feature in the comfort of your own home.