Best Bets: Ring in new year with stars

Staying in with a family? There are copiousness of holiday specials to watch, not to discuss New Year’s celebrations. Family pushing we crazy? Get out of a residence and take in a new movie.

TV
Almost each channel has a New Year’s Eve special to ring in 2012.

The classic, of course, is a clumsily named “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” Like Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a special’s involved title pays reverence to a strange horde and a new one. (Dec. 31, 10 p.m., ABC)

NBC’s New Year’s jubilee is “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly,” which also features news anchor Brian Williams.

Prefer a down-on-the-farm special? “American Country New Year’s Eve” features “American Idol’s” Lauren Alaina and other nation performers. (Dec. 31, 11 p.m., Fox.)

Movies
Moviegoers are marred for choice this holiday.

If it’s movement you’re looking for, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” turns Tom Cruise into James Bond, with overwhelming stunts, pleasing women, and Cruise unresolved off a world’s tallest building. (In theaters now.)

If a whole family wants to see something thespian though inspirational, “War Horse” is a good bet. Spoiler: Animal lovers and those with supportive stomachs should know a equine manages to come by World War we flattering most intact, and there’s a happy ending. (Opens Dec. 25.)

And fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy have prolonged awaited a English reconstitute of “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.” Early fears were that it couldn’t live adult to a 2009 Swedish-language version, though reviews have been utterly positive. (In theaters now.)

DVD
George Clooney plays a grave murderer who’s rethinking his career in “The American,” a really critical thriller that might give we a totally opposite perspective of a large actor. (On DVD Dec. 28.)

Their lives still fascinate: Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungen in 1978, and a Sex Pistol bassist died himself in 1979. “Sid Nancy” has been a cult favorite roughly given a 1986 release, and now it’s on Blu-ray. The film, during 25, is now comparison than possibly Sid or Nancy ever got to be. (Out on Blu-ray Dec. 27.)

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