Holiday Movie Season Has Arrived, People
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Need an activity while your crazy relatives are in town? Why not stuff the entire family in the car and hit your local cinema? There are 19 (yes, 19!) movies worth seeing, whether you’re in the mood for comedy, drama…or J. Law.
“SPECTRE” (NOVEMBER 6)
Since this may be Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond (he said in an interview he’d rather slash his wrists than play the character again), it’s in your best interest to catch him one last time in the role. The latest installment sees in him in Mexico City and Rome on a mission to uncover details about a sinister organization--with help from a bombshell widow, of course.
“THE PEANUTS MOVIE” (NOVEMBER 6)
First, buy the stamps. Then watch as Charlie Brown taps Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang to change his identity from resident blockhead to total winner. Kristin Chenoweth makes a voice cameo.
“SPOTLIGHT” (NOVEMBER 6)
On a more serious note, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams are already earning rave reviews for their performances in this true story of The Boston Globe journalists who uncovered the massive child sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its core.
“BROOKLYN” (NOVEMBER 6)
Based on the Colm Tóibín book, it’s the story of a young girl torn between life and love in her native Ireland and her new home in 1950s New York City. (Get excited: Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay.)
“ROOM” (NOVEMBER 6)
Brie Larson stars in the film version of the Emma Donoghue book of the same name, about a mother and son held captive for close to a decade in a ten-foot-by-ten-foot garden shed. Suspenseful? Yes. A heartfelt tribute to the depth of parental love? Hell, yeah.
“MISS YOU ALREADY” (NOVEMBER 6)
Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are lifelong best friends. One of them gets pregnant. The other one gets cancer. Try--just try--to watch this trailer without welling up with tears.
“BY THE SEA” (NOVEMBER 13)
For the first time since they appeared together on screen in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad and Angelina reunite to play a couple struggling (rather violently) to keep their marriage alive in the South of France. Sweeping seaside views included.
“LOVE THE COOPERS” (NOVEMBER 13)
This ensemble comedy (starring Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei…the list goes on) follows four generations of family members as they come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration.
“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2” (NOVEMBER 20)
It’s the final installment. Let the games conclude.
“THE NIGHT BEFORE” (NOVEMBER 20)
The cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. The premise: Three best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their annual reunion might be coming to an end. Miley Cyrus appears. So do tons of ugly Christmas sweaters.
“CAROL” (NOVEMBER 20)
This Cate Blanchett-helmed film, about two women who strike up a lesbian relationship in 1950s New York, earned rave reviews when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Prepare thy Oscar ballots…
“THE DANISH GIRL” (NOVEMBER 27)
Before there was Caitlyn Jenner, there was Einar Wegener, one of the first people in the world to have transgender surgery. Eddie Redmayne (who won an Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything) stars in the lead role.
“IN THE HEART OF THE SEA” (DECEMBER 11)
Ron Howard directs this epic film, in which the super-buff Chris Hemsworth goes up against an angry sperm whale. It’s based on the true story of the 1820 sinking of the whaleship Essex, and it looks terrifying.
“THE BIG SHORT” (DECEMBER 11)
Four Wall Street guys who predicted the financial collapse of 2008 take on the big banks in this film about money, greed and power. JSYK, those guys are played by Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Christian Bale, which pretty much means the film industry is giving us the best holiday gift of all.
“STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS” (DECEMBER 18)
The iconic film series picks up 30 years from where George Lucas last left off, but with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher all reprising their roles. New this time around is Adam Driver, who stars as the dreamy son of Han and Leia--who may or may not have joined the dark side.
“SISTERS” (DECEMBER 18)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite to play sisters who decide to throw one last house party right before their parents sell their family home. How could this not be amazing?
“JOY” (DECEMBER 25)
Holiday cheers to more J. Law. In this new David O. Russell joint, she plays Joy Mangano, the real life bad-ass lady who invented the Miracle Mop. Bradley Cooper is there. So is Robert De Niro. Cue the Silver Linings Playbook reunion tour (sort of).
“CONCUSSION” (DECEMBER 25)
Right in the midst of football season, Will Smith takes on the NFL in this thriller based on the real-life story of Bennet Omalu, the Pittsburgh-based neuropathologist who first discovered CTE, a football-related brain trauma. There’s no doubt this film will be gripping--and controversial.
“THE REVENANT” (DECEMBER 25)
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (the man behind Birdman) pits Leonardo DiCaprio against a bunch of angry bears in this super-intense-looking thriller about a fur trapper who is mauled and left for dead by thieves. But don’t worry: Judging from the trailer, Leo will get his revenge.