From Hawaiian adventures to intergalactic wonders. A very scary Christmas , and a big office party. this year’s Christmas movies are obviously highlighted by Star Wars: Rogue One, but there is one Bad Santa who might have some success too! Here’s our top 10 picks for this holiday season at the Theater. They are sure to make you SING! We will do 10-7 today, 6-3 on Thursday, and then our top 3 on Friday. These are in no particular order so no Troll-ing us on Twitter.
#10: Incarnate : Not sure where in movie history scary movies became a holiday norm but it seems to be “amazing” for the tweens to teens. Incarnate, however, may be the new Exorcist. Not the recent cruddy re-make. We are talking the thriller from the 70’s that got people talking. Of course it could pull a Krampus and just suck. According to Fandango :
An unconventional exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) must use his psychic abilities to do battle with a malevolent demon that has taken over an innocent 11-year-old boy (David Mazouz). But he discovers he’s up against a more formidable foe than he anticipated when it’s revealed that the same malicious entity previously murdered his wife and child. Now, he’s in a race against time to defeat his worst enemy before it unleashes its wrath upon the entire world. Carice van Houten co-stars. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi …. Rated PG-13… 1 hour 27 minutes …Released Dec. 2nd
#9 : Assassin’s Creed: Great game…but, awesome movie? Released on Dec. 21, it’s hard to figure this one out. The sky is the limit on what they could do with this story line. They could also Prince of Persia this, or Mortal Kombat this, or any of the other failures that have gone from the game screen to the big screen. We’ll let you be the judge…and you will… Here’s what Fandango has to say:
In this feature-film adaptation of the hugely popular video-game series, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) relives his ancestor’s memories as an assassin in 15th century Spain. From this out-of-body experience, Lynch gains the training he needs to battle a conspiracy in the present day. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Brendan Gleeson co-star. Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders). ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi … Rated PG-13 2 hrs. 20 minutes
This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Johnny Depp co-star in this fantasy adventure, which was directed by David Yates (who helmed four of the Harry Potter films) and adapted for the screen by J.K. Rowling from her own book. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi…Rated PG-13 …2 hours and 37 minutes
#7 : Collateral Beauty : This is our Holiday Date Night Movie. Guys it’s simple: Will Smith is our main man…Say what you want about the Fresh Prince, but the dude can make any date night awesome! Ladies : Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet?! This screams : DATE NIGHT!!! Oh yeah, did we forget Keira Knightley, Michael Pena , and Ed Norton?
But, I am also going to throw this out as my top surprise Holiday Movie This Year. Now, I could be wrong, it’s happened before. But, to me, the story line and cast makes this a must see and a possible Holiday Classic for a new generation. Yes, Bad Santa and probably Office Party, will tickle millenials for years. But, this cast, with this story line has something special written all over it. Fandango breaks it down like this:
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.