BY Jeremy Kinser
February 11 2012 4:42 AM ET
10. DVD: Anonymous
Was Bill Shakespeare just an illiterate front for Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford? That’s the premise for this Elizabethan-era conspiracy theory thriller, which marks a change of pace for out director Roland Emmerich, noted for his end-of-the-world blockbusters like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. It’s glossy entertainment, and Vanessa Redgrave is a hoot as a spirited Queen Elizabeth, a role she shares with her daughter Nip/Tuck's Joely Richardson.
9. EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power
Tony Award-winning performer Nathan Lane hosts an evening during which five storytellers, including Milk's Oscar winner-activist Dustin Lance Black and The Help's Octavia Spencer, will each share a personal tale of having faced bigotry or discrimination. The goal is to show the power of storytelling can promote greater tolerance and acceptance and the storytellers will explain how the bad experience ultimately had an impact on his/her identity. John Legend will perform at a party following the event at L.A.'s PDC February 15. CharactersUnite.com
8. DVD: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Replacing the quest for White Castle burgers with the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, John Cho and Kal Penn’s stoner-slacker comedy franchise returns for a merrily messy third installment, now on DVD, with power couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka as sexually fictionalized versions of themselves. The totally excellent adventure’s highlights — pun intended — include a Claymation hallucination and a big musical number led by Harris.