It’s the holiday season at the box office, and studios are unwrapping everything they have left in the hopes of attracting audiences before the start of award season.
According to estimates, Hollywood will see a record of $10.8 billion in ticket sales this year, USA TODAY reported, as long as year-end predictions hold.
Winter break is a great time to catch up with high school friends over dinner and a movie (or maybe over brunch — save some cash by hitting a matinee showing). Or maybe you prefer making the movies a family outing. Either way, add these movies to your winter break to-do list:
• Monsters Inc., 3D
Relive your childhood with one of Pixar’s best. Audiences first met Mike, Sully and Boo, one of Disney’s most memorable trios, back in 2001. Now catch up with the crew on the big screen, and in 3D, before the prequel, Monsters University, premieres in the summer of 2013. That’s right — Mike and Sully were fraternity brothers.
• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
This Peter Jackson-directed epic is another throwback of sorts. After adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy to great success — and Oscar glory, when The Return of the King won 11 statues, including Best Picture — Jackson has turned his attention to Tolkien’s children’s book, The Hobbit. If you enjoyed making trips to Middle-earth in the early 2000s, this is one film you’ll need to see. Slightly more whimsical than the original LOTR films, An Unexpected Journey is the first film in a new trilogy; The Desolation of Smaug premieres next December and There and Back Again rounds it out in July 2014.
• Les Miserables
Admittedly, if you already have a distaste for musicals, maybe you shouldn’t run out and go see Les Miz. Still, this adaptation has a little bit of everything — drama, history, Oscar buzz for Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman and general epicness. You’ve probably already heard Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed a Dream once or twice — all of the music was recorded live on set — and now it’s time to see if it’s worth believing the hype.
If you’re getting your Oscar ballot ready, you best get in line to see Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis is the Best Actor front-runner for his performance in the titular role, and Sally Field proves to be a worthy counterpart as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film, which focuses on the end of slavery and the Civil War, has been a hit with audiences, already surpassing the $100 million mark after being released in mid-November.
• This Is 40
If you prefer your holiday movies with a side of snark, look no further than Judd Apatow’s latest directorial effort. Though it’s no critical darling, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd are as adorable as they are nasty to each other in this sort-of-sequel to Knocked Up (though Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen are absent from the movie). If anything, the comedy about family, parenting and a mid-life crisis might make you feel better about the quarter-life crisis that is college. Or not.
What other movies would you have added to this list? Silver Linings Playbook? Django Unchained? Let us know in the comments.
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