Anthony’s Holiday Movie Picks – Part 1

If you know one thing about me, it’s that I love movies. I love watching movies, I love experiencing movies on the big screen, and I love dissecting the pros and cons of movies. I go to several movies a month and I enjoy just about everything about the movie-going experience, except maybe paying $11 a ticket.

So as a public service to you guys, and to help me remember what’s coming out the next month or two, I put together my Holiday Movie Picks for you.

A Christmas Carol 3D

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in 3D

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey | Premieres: Now Playing

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic – now with Jim Carrey in 3D! Finally a way to improve on a story made into about a million movies over the years.

PROS: Jim Carrey, 3D, movie with a moral

CONS: The animation: While an amazing technological feat, the characters still looks too plastic for many people’s tastes.




Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet | Premieres: Now Playing

This is the disaster movie to end all disaster movies. Directed by “the destroyer” Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Armageddon), this film shows how the world and it’s leaders might react to the end of the world planet. It’s non-stop action and definitely worth the $11 ticket.

PROS: Special effects, Danny Glover as US President, John Cusack’s acting

CONS: Two weak special effects scenes (out of 30+), unnecessary giraffe/elephant helicopter transport scene




Starring: Gaboure Sidibe, Paula Patton | Premieres: Now Playing

This Sundance award winner is about the tough life of an abused 16-year-old. Some critics have called it the most important movie of the year. Gaboure Sidibe’s performance has earned rave reviews.

PROS: Gaboure Sidibe, A movie that really makes you really feel for the characters

CONS: It’s hard to take Mo’Nique seriously since she’s so funny

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman | Premieres: Now Playing

Based on a book by Roald Dahl (“James and the Giant Peach”), foxes voiced by George Clooney and Meryl Streep act out this family-friendly story in stop-motion animation.

PROS: Family friendly, George Clooney literally as a fox, another Roald Dahl classic

CONS: Nothing!


More to come! Be sure to check out Part 2 tomorrow.

Happy Holidays! And Happy Moviegoing!

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