Holiday Movie Guide 2014

 

One of two musicals out this holiday season.

One of two musicals out this holiday season.

Read this if you’re Jewish and you go to the movies on Christmas. Or, if you like movies and also go to the movies on Christmas.

1. Unbroken

Rated PG-13

In theaters Dec. 25th

For: non-fiction fans, award show followers

In Angelina Jolie’s sophomore effort, relative newcomer Jack O’Connell plays Louis “Louie” Zamperini, the real-life Olympian and war hero who survived a near-fatal plane crash, 47 days stranded in the middle of the ocean, and a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. Although the film and its actors got snubbed in Golden Globe nominations, keep an eye out for its Oscar nomination for Best Picture in January.

2. Into The Woods

Rated PG

In theaters Dec. 25th

For: theater buffs, if you liked Les Misérables

A star-studded cast (Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine and more) plus Rob Marshall’s directing (Chicago, Nine) equals the potential for a perfect movie-musical. Even if you’re not a fan of singing, scores or serious special effects, this fairytale mash-up is still worth seeing.

Check this out...never, maybe.

Check this out…never, maybe.

3. The Interview

Rated R

In theaters Dec. 25th

Not for: supporters of Kim Jong-un

Well, I was actually excited about this one. Due to the events surrounding the “Sony Hack,” including terrorism threats to any premieres and showings of the film, Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to pull the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy from all theaters nationwide. While many were looking forward to the film’s premiere, national security is a little bit more important. On the bright side, there is talk about a Netflix release some time soon.

4. Annie (2014)

Rated PG

In theaters Dec. 19th

For: families with kids, theater buffs

This remake of the timeless classic/Broadway musical puts an urban, 21st century spin on the original story of little orphan Annie. Starring Jamie Foxx (Django: Unchained) as pseudo-“Daddy” Warbucks, Cameron Diaz (There’s Something About Mary, The Holiday) as Hannigan, and Golden-Globe award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (12 Years a Slave) as Annie, this will either be a money-making hit or an overhyped flop. Either way, it’s set to do well at the box office.

Wahlberg dropped 60 pounds for this role.

Wahlberg dropped 60 pounds for this role.

5. The Gambler

Rated R

In theaters Dec. 19th

For: Anyone who likes Mark Wahlberg, fans of crime movies

This remake by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has a few things going for it, mainly Wahlberg as the titular character. He lost 60 pounds for the role, and gets to share the screen with the up-and-coming Brie Larson and the always-witty John Goodman. Wahlberg is a professor with a gambling addiction who gets messed up with gangsters. Expect some stylish twists and bruised knuckles on the way to a redemptive ending. 

6. Big Eyes

Rated PG-13

In theaters Dec. 25th

For: historians, award show followers

This period drama and true story, directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas), stars Amy Adams (Enchanted, American Hustle) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards, Django: Unchained) – both nominated for Golden Globe awards (Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, respectively). The movie follows American painter Margaret Keane throughout her battles with her husband, Walter, who took credit for her acclaimed paintings in the 1960s. Pro: it’ll be worth your $12 ticket. Con: it won’t be playing in all major theaters.

One of Williams' final roles

One of Williams’ final roles.

 7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Rated PG

In theaters Dec. 19th

For: kids, parents who have to take their kids

In another perfect example of overkill, Ben Stiller stars in the third installment of the Night at the Museum series. Yes, the first one was good enough but why stop there? Reason to see it: this is Robin Williams’ last screen role before his unprecedented death. Reasons not to see it: everything else.

Other Must-See Movies: Wild, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Birdman

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