Thanksgiving Holiday Movie Guide: Going to the Theater this Weekend? We've Got You Covered
The turkey has been served. Desserts have been packed away. Leftovers are stored in Tupperware, ready to feed the visiting relatives for the next four days. The football games aren’t very exciting. What’s a family to do this Thanksgiving holiday weekend?
Head to the movie theater, of course.
Hollywood wisely fills area multiplexes with multiple options during the Thanksgiving weekend, knowing that audiences spending time away from home and visiting family need a distraction that can satisfy large groups.
But what should you go see? We at Fandango know how difficult it can be to get a general consensus with a large group. Picking a movie everyone wants to see can be difficult. So we’ve made a few picks based on people’s tastes. This will streamline the movie-choosing process this holiday weekend, making your trip to the movies that much easier.
For the Action Junkies in the Family
It’s hard to beat Bond, James Bond when it comes to globetrotting thrills, and Daniel Craig is at the top of his game as 007 in Skyfall. The movie opens with an edge-of-your-seat chase and rarely stops to catch its breath. If your family craves summer-blockbuster action in November, grab tickets to Sam Mendes’ Bond sequel.
If it’s sold out: See Argo, Ben Affleck’s nail-biter with a riveting conclusion.
For the Kids
Parents have PLENTY of options at the theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday. Rise of the Guardians celebrates virtually every holiday except Thanksgiving (maybe producers are saving the Turkey for a sequel), but is still worth your time over the weekend. Wreck-It Ralph centers around video games, but has plenty of heart aimed at boys and girls. And Pixar’s Brave is still in select theaters.
If it’s sold out: Get your Halloween fix with a repeat screening of Hotel Transylvania, which is going to get a sequel in 2015.
For the Tween Readers
Obviously, The Twilight Saga wraps up with Breaking Dawn Part 2. Drop your teenage daughters off in one auditorium, and meet her afterwards (while you go see The Sessions or Cloud Atlas). But if your kids have no interest in emo vampires and werewolves, search out The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s winning adaptation of his own coming-of-page novel which features outstanding performances by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. With Perks, you can actually go with your teenagers, and everyone will have a good time.
If they are sold out: Roll the dice on Pitch Perfect, the glee-club comedy with fantastic harmonies and a charming turn from Anna Kendrick.
For the Oscar Trackers
We all have relatives who commit to see every Oscar contender before next year’s ceremony. And the studios have several of them in theaters over the weekend. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi finally open in theaters after stops at various film festivals. Anthony Hopkins morphs into horror icon Hitchcock beginning Friday, Nov. 23. And Disney continues to expand Lincoln, which is generating rave reviews from critics and Oscar bloggers.
If they are sold out: Buy a Flight ticket, because the airplane-crash sequence needs to be seen on the big screen. So does Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, one of the most visually stimulating movies of the season (and the year).
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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