There are very few things to do on Christmas Day. You can always stay in and watch specials on TV while your family argues about your little sister’s new bad-boy boyfriend. Or, if you’re like us, you’ll head straight to the movie theater. We’ve compiled a small list of solid movies that will be playing in theaters on Christmas Day. Keep in mind that these movies are for everyone (or just about) to enjoy, and not necessarily aimed at film lovers.
Plot: Pat, a former high school teacher, gets out of a psychiatric facility after spending eight months inside for violent assault. He moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his wife. But when a mysterious girl shows up, Pat must choose between his past and his future.
Why You Should Watch It: David O. Russell‘s romantic comedy is a diamond in the rough. It’s entertaining, funny and even a little sad. And it lends something new to a tired old genre. Plus, the lovely Jennifer Lawrence gives one of the best performances of the year.
Plot: In the 23rd adventure in the James Bond series, 007′s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost may be.
Why You Should Watch It: Skyfall is not a typical Bond movie. It’s a lot darker than the others, and Sam Mendes adds some sentimental touches, but it offers something fresh to the 50-year-old series. It also one hell of an action movie, and a guaranteed good time.
Plot: Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, who managed to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador after militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
Why You Should Watch It: Ben Affleck‘s impressive historical movie is oozing with suspense. He manages to keeps us at the edge of our seats the whole way through. There are also some warm and funny performances by John Goodman and Alan Arkin. And the film gives us the best line of the year: “Argo, F*ck Yourself!”
Plot: Dr. Schultz recruits a black slave named Django to help him find the murderous Brittle Brothers, and in return he promises to give him his freedom. Instead of running north, Django sticks around and helps the Doctor find the South’s most wanted criminals, in hopes of rescuing his wife Broomhilda from the evil slave-owner Calvin Candie.
Why You Should Watch It: I haven’t watched Django Unchained yet, but our very own Krystal Clark reviewed the film and seemed to really enjoy it. She called it “a worthy successor to Inglorious Basterds,” and appreciated that Quentin Tarantino kept the brutality of the times real.
1. This Is 40
Plot: This Is 40 picks up with Debbie and Pete, the couple first introduced in Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up. Now, the couple is a few years older and their two daughters are too. Pete struggles to keep his company afloat in a hard economy, and Debbie deals with some self-esteem issues. The two try to figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy each other’s company once again.
Why You Should Watch It: If you’re a fan of Apatow’s brand of comedy, you can’t miss this one. It’s a hilarious movie with great cameos, tons of one-liners and blunt plysical humor.
Other Films To Consider:
- Pitch Perfect – If you can find this comedy playing at a theater near you, find it and take a bunch of your friends. The movie has fun music, tons of memorable moments and solid performances.
- Les Miserables – If you’re going with a crowd that appreciates musicals, then you might want to give this one a try.
- Monsters, Inc. 3D – Can’t find a babysitter on Christmas Day? Then take the whole family to theater and watch Monsters, Inc. in 3D. The kids will love you for it.
Hopefully you have a great time at the movies this Christmas. Happy holidays!
What movies will you see this Christmas?