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Fri December 21, 2012

Get Your Holiday Film Fix: What to See

Ian McKellen reprises his role as the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
Credit The Hobbit / Warner Bros.

With so many of the year’s biggest films released in the last few weeks before 2013, it's impossible to pick just one to see. In fact, for movie-goers, sorting through the season's film offerings is probably the most stressful thing about the holidays.

Don’t worry — we want to help you make the all-important decision. Here’s a look at what your cinema has in store this season.

Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen in The Guilt Trip.
Credit The Guilt Trip / Paramount Pictures

A Diva Face-Off

It’s a battle of dueling divas — hide the hairspray. Barbra Streisand takes a road trip with her son, played by Seth Rogen, in the comedic film, “The Guilt Trip.” In “Parental Guidance,” Bette Midler partners with Billy Crystal to not-so-successfully babysit the grandkids.

Naomi Watts in The Impossible.
Credit The Impossible / Summit Entertainment

Hot off the Presses

A flurry of headlines have made their way onto film — starting with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. “The Impossible” also draws from the news. It’s based on the real life story of a family that managed to survive the 2004 tsunami while vacationing in Thailand.  “Promised Landdoesn't have a plot ripped from the headlines — but accusations about the film's political bias are fueling some headlines of their own. Matt Damon stars in this fictional account of families torn apart by a natural gas company's hopes to drill in their town.

Anne Hathaway in the cinematic adaptation of Les Miserables.
Credit Les Miserables / Universal Studios

Holiday Blockbusters

It wouldn’t be the holidays without big films and big stars. Tom Cruise headlines "Jack Reacher," an action film based on a book by Lee Child. Musical fans will rejoice at the long-awaited film adaptation of "Les Miserables," starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway — it is truly superb.  

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star as a lackluster couple in This is 40.
Credit This is 40 / Universal Studios

Sequels vs. Prequels

Fans of Middle Earth will rejoice with another opportunity to see Golem and Gandalf in "The Hobbit", the first film in a new Peter Jackson trilogy. And it seems everything is in decline for a middle-aged couple in Judd Apatow’s latest dramedy, "This Is 40" — which Apatow dubbed “a sort-of-sequel to ‘Knocked Up.’”

Bill Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson.
Credit Hyde Park on Hudson / Focus Features

Lover’s Lament

Nothing says the holidays like infidelity — at least for the distributors of "Hyde Park on Hudson," which details the dalliances of FDR, played by Bill Murray, at the Roosevelt family country home. A more sincere romance, "Amour," is racking up raves for portraying the understated love story of an elderly couple contending with the wife’s declining health.  

Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz roam the South in Django Unchained.
Credit Django Unchained / Columbia Pictures

The Best for Last

Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained," which stars Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx as a bounty hunter and his former-slave, is a masterpiece.  Waltz and Foxx rampage their way through the South — bringing tidings of comfort, and revenge, to the holiday season.


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