Big stars, big names this week. James Bond returns in "Skyfall," Abraham Lincoln gets a biopic, and Spider-Man webcrawls onto DVD and Blu-ray. Here are our top three entertainment picks for the week ahead.
Shake your martinis and rev up the Aston-Martin, Bond -- James Bond -- is back. The suave secret agent must save his boss, M (Judi Dench) when she appears to have exposed agents to discovery and death. Javier Bardem is earning raves as the film's villain. You can also expect glamorous Bond girls, exotic locations, thrilling action scenes and all the Bond staples that a $150 million budget can buy. (Opens Nov. 9.)
How can a two-and-a-half-hour movie about lobbying be so engrossing? "Lincoln," the new Steven Spielberg biopic of our sixteenth president, defies the odds by making Honest Abe's quest for enough House votes to end slavery oddly fascinating. This is a talky movie -- not a lot of action, and a lot of political machinations. Still, Day-Lewis plays a great Lincoln (gentle, storytelling, brilliant and somehow sad) and Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones and others round out an excellent, sure-to-be-Oscar-recognized cast. (Opens Nov. 9.)
FRIDAY: 'Amazing Spider-Man' on DVD
The "Spider-Man" movies got a well-received reboot earlier this year when Andrew Garfield took over the role of the gawky webslinging superhero. His origin story's been seen many times before, but this is a fresh, satisfying take, with Emma Stone as Spidey's girlfriend Gwen Stacy and Sally Field and Martin Sheen as his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Also memorable: Denis Leary as Gwen's cop dad and Rhys Ifans as scientist Curt Connors, who transforms into The Lizard, the film's bad guy. (On DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 9.)