If you’re not in the mood to party with friends, chances are you will turn to movies for kicks on New Year’s Eve.
The Help, the possibly Oscar-bound portrayal of civil rights struggles in early 1960s Mississippi, holds the No. 1 spot of most popular movies on Amazon.com’s instant video chart.
Starring Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and several familiar faces, it is one part drama and one part comedy that begins with a controversy over whether black household help should be allowed to use indoor bathrooms shared by white members of a family.
Rounding out the top 10 instant videos for the week are:
2) Rise Of The Planet of the Apes, the latest in a series of movies about men who evolved into apes. In this movie, a renegade ape stirs rebellion among fellow primates.
3) Mr. Popper’s Penguins, starring Jim Carrey. The actor portrays a man who cares for a half-dozen penguins left on his doorstep.
4) Dolphin Tale, a feature starring Harry Connick Jr. as one of a group who tries to save a dolphin’s life.
5) The Smurfs. They run for their lives in their magical kingdom and fall into Central Park in New York City.
6) The Hangover Part II, a sequel in which a brotherhood runs into trouble in Bangkok instead of Las Vegas.
7) Colombiana. Zoe Saldana is on a quest for revenge against those who killed her parents when she was a little girl.
8) Friends With Benefits with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kulis, in which the two experiment with a physical relationship with no strings attached.
9) Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams in a mystery involving a plot to destroy the world.
10) Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, who starred together in Wedding Crashers, are back to see their lives transformed in Paris.
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