George Clooney in “The Descendants”; All Star Cast in “Margin Call” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in the Week Ahead!

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, “The Descendants” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. trailer

Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, “Margin Call” is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. The ensemble cast includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore. trailer

Our Christmas Classics mini-series kicks off this weekend with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”. Yes, you’ve seen it on TV, but when did you last see it on the big screen? Friday 7:15 and Saturday-Sunday 1:00 matinee. trailer