The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. For most people, these next two weeks are spent with family, eating, celebrating, opening gifts, drinking, partying and of course shopping. A lot of the holiday season families fulfill their time with traditions. Baking cookies, decorating the tree, shopping together, and for some, those traditions include going to the movies on Christmas Day.
The blockbuster films being released in theaters this December 25th is director Quentin Tarantino’s highly promoted ‘Django Unchained’ starring Academy Award winners, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and three time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. Also, the star studded flick, ‘Les Miserables’ starring triple threat Hugh Jackman, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway. And, finally the third film debuting on Christmas Day is Billy Crystal and two time Academy Award nominee Bette Midler’s comedy ‘Parental Guidance’ also starring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei.
‘Django Unchained’ centers around a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) that plans to rescue his beautiful wife from a ruthless plantation owner (DiCaprio). The film already earned five Golden Globe nominations including, best director, best screenplay and two best supporting actors for DiCaprio and Waltz.
‘Les Miserables’ focuses on prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), who breaks parole and is hunted by a brutal policeman, Javert (Crowe). Valjean wants to create a new life for himself and decides to care for Fantaine’s (Hathaway) daughter, Cosette (Seyfried). The film is already up for four Golden Globe nominations including best picture, best original song, best actor for Jackman and best supporting actress for Hathaway.
Finally, Christmas wouldn’t be merry without a comedy starring the great Billy Crystal. ‘Parental Guidance’ is about Artie and Diane (Crystal and Midler) who need to take care of their three grandchildren for a little while when their parents travel for business. Chaos ensues when Alice’s (Tomei) children don’t necessarily agree or obey with their grandparents’ old fashioned ways.
There is action, drama and comedy this Christmas Day at the movies. So, when dinner is over, gifts are unwrapped and everything and anything is eaten, take the kids to see a late movie or treat them to a film during their break from school!