This time of year is usually chock-full of box office openers and great holiday movies. Not only is the deadline approaching for a film to be considered for an Academy Award, but people always flock to the multiplex during December. And there is no shortage of films to choose from this winter: the Dec. 25 holiday typically sees three nationwide releases. This year, there are five. Being the purveyors of all things entertainment, we want to share with you which films we think are going to be the hot tickets. Of course, we want to hear your thoughts on which films you can't wait to see as well.
American Hustle: Upon first blush, I thought this film looked like another 70's gangster movie. But it's so much more. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Amy Adams (to name a few), it's actually about con men, the FBI and the Jersey Mafia. In other words, expect plot twists, humor and gold lame. Lots of gold lame.
Saving Mr. Banks: If you ever wondered about the true story of making Mary Poppins into a movie, then you might be the only one. But in all seriousness, apparently it was no picnic, with Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers epically clashing. But since this stars Tom hanks and Emma Thompson as the titular characters, I'm sure it will be epically good.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller stars in this remake of the classic film about a daydreamer who escapes his life through imagined fantasies. But what happens when one of those adventures happens for real?
The Wolf of Wall Street: Leo DiCaprio + Martin Scorsese = OscarR gold. And while this does sound a lot like Wall Street, it's actually the true story of a Long Island trader who defrauded investors to feed his party boy lifestyle.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: I have to say, I'm personally not a big fan of this one, but with the combination of Anchorman 1 fanatics and the genius marketing for this release, this will no doubt be a blockbuster. Will Ferrel has been making his promotional rounds as Ron Burgundy, from announcing each of the Country Music Artist's of the Year, to co-anchoring news broadcasts throughout the country and more. Catch this one in theaters starting December 18th.
47 Ronin: In this 3D action-packed film, Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. If you're into action movies and/or samurais, this one's for you.
Grudge Match: Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro play bitter boxing rivals, now well past their prime, who plan to duke it out one last time and settle the score. This is the first time these two have paired up so at the very least it will be a good time to see two great actors together.
Last year, Christmas week took in more than $266 million at the domestic box office, however they don't make many Christmas movies anymore (as you can see from our list), and certainly not many really good ones. If you prefer to stay at home and watch a great flick or 10, here's a list of classic holiday movies that you can watch on Netflix that will surely get you in the holiday spirit, as well as a great list of the top 10 Christmas movies of the last decade.
What movies are you looking forward to this year? Or what classic holiday movies do you watch as holiday traditions?