Though there are a handful of high-profile films opening at your local cinema this weekend, you should really do your best to get out to one of the few theaters that are screening it and see "Black Swan." It's an absolutely stunning accomplishment, full of striking images, deft storytelling, creepy effects and some genuinely impressive performances. But if you've already seen it (or can't get into a theater because shows are still sold-out wall-to-wall), then you have a few alternatives. If you're into epic flights of fancy, the latest entry in "The Chronicles of Narnia" hits theaters today (the full title is "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," which you should definitely spout in its entirety when buying a ticket). There's also the Julie Taymor-directed Shakespeare adaptation "The Tempest," the Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg boxing flick "The Fighter" and the lush, sexy drama "The Garden of Eden."
However, you need look no further than "The Tourist" for that deft combination of thrills and star power. The international espionage thriller is directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (he of "The Lives of Others") and stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, perhaps the two biggest stars in the world. The twisty plot involves Depp's character (the titular traveler) being mistaken for a spy and dragged into a web of intrigue that sees his life threatened on multiple occasions (it's sort of a riff on "North by Northwest"). It's jam-packed with boat chases, shootouts and good-looking people, which makes it an ideal distraction from whatever holiday shopping you have left to do.
In order to properly prepare yourself for "The Tourist," check out the music video playlist below. There are homages to travel and nods to spies, but it's mostly a tribute to the movie's two stars. Johnny Depp played in a band called P (immortalized by the Rentals' classic single "Friends of P") and Jolie has appeared in a number of music videos, including Korn's "Did My Time" and the Lemonheads' "It's About Time."