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.
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
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
More to come! Be sure to check out Part 2 tomorrow.
Happy Holidays! And Happy Moviegoing!