Ordinarily, movies open on Fridays. But around the holidays, Hollywood's schedule goes haywire. No major openings are scheduled for today. But "The Phantom of the Opera," "Bad...

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Ordinarily, movies open on Fridays. But around the holidays, Hollywood’s schedule goes haywire.

No major openings are scheduled for today. But “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Bad Education” and “Meet the Fockers” debuted Wednesday, and six more new films are promised in the next few days:


Tomorrow

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“The Aviator”: Leonardo DiCaprio plays Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated biopic.

“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”: Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) returns with another ensemble comedy, starring Bill Murray as an undersea explorer and co-starring Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston and Willem Dafoe.

“Fat Albert”: Joel Zwick, of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” fame, directs this live-action comedy inspired by the ’70s animated TV series “Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids.”

“Darkness”: Anna Paquin plays a teen living in a haunted house in this made-in-Spain thriller, directed by Jaume Balagueró.


Sunday


“Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag”: This IMAX documentary follows pilots through air training at Red Flag, the international training exercise held in Nevada for the air forces of allied countries.


Wednesday


“Beyond the Sea”: Kevin Spacey directed, co-wrote and stars as Bobby Darin in this biopic of the ’50s singing sensation, co-starring Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee.

Look for reviews in Northwest Life tomorrow and Wednesday, and in Entertainment & the Arts on Sunday. Or go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.


— Moira Macdonald,

Seattle Times movie critic