Most people love going to the movies over the Summer because kids are on vacation and its something to do, 75% of people who date usually go see a movie, and it’s the time where vacations are usually taken. Come August school starts up again, workloads build up to their maximum level capacity, and most families start worrying about the holidays whether it be Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Very interesting how the three biggest holidays happen at the end of the year and yet its the time where people rarely go see movies, but these ten movies are ten you will want to see in theaters:
1. A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas – Nov. 4
Kal Penn and John Cho return for the third time to reprise their characters as Harold and Kumar with Neil Patrick Harris appearing as Neil Patrick Harris in another adventure of nothing but hilarious fun and lots of laughs.
Does anyone know the premise to this movie, probably not. I’ve seen three different trailers including the redband trailer and not one of them shows a single thing about the plot line, but what they all do show is nothing, but laughs. Full of everything you’d expect in an R-rated stoner movie from getting a baby high on marijuana to Neil Patrick Harris getting kicked out of heaven for being more of a pimp than Jesus to Harold shooting Santa Claus in the face, this movie will leave you laughing even when its finished. If you didn’t laugh at any of the previews or didn’t enjoy either of the the first two, then don’t even bother. Otherwise, keep this up on your Holiday movie list.
2. Tower Heist – Nov.4
Lead by an All-Star cast in Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, and Alan Alda, Tower Heist is a story of four people who get robbed by their boss and try to rob him back with the help of an ex-con.
This movie has the potential to be one of the funniest films of the year, but it also has the potential to be a rock-solid flop. The last time Eddie Murphy has done a good movie with his natural self dates all the way back to 2000 when he did the sequel for The Nutty Professor. Ben Stiller is on a movie hot streak right now and will be as funny as ever, Matthew Broderick has some really great subtle comedy that works perfect for his character, and who doesn’t love Alan Alda? From the writers of Ocean’s Eleven and the director of the three Rush Hour films, Tower Heist will have great action comedy and will leave you laughing until the end.
3. Jack and Jill – Nov. 11
Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler team up once again for a comedy starring Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, and the amazing Al Pacino. The story is Jack’s twin sister comes to visit for the weekend, but slowly begins to move in with the family.
Adam Sandler is doing what many men before him have done, such as Eddie Murphy, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Patrick Swayze, Martin Lawrence, and Wesley Snipes has done. And that is dressing like a woman. With hits such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Tootsie, Big Momma’s House, Nutty Professor, and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Adam Sandler is looking to make his own hit when he dresses up in this hilarious comedy as his own twin sister. Katie Holmes playing his lovely wife and Al Pacino pulling off comedy falling in love with Jill, Jack and Jill is a heartwarming, comedy family story you don’t want to miss this Winter.
4. Happy Feet Two – Nov. 18
Starring the voice talents of two returning cast members:Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, and featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Pink, Hank Azaria, John Goodman, and Hugo Weaving Happy Feet Two hopes to do as well as its predecessor.
I was a little hesitant to put it on my list only for the fact that the story of Erik not dancing is a little too similar of Mumble not being able to sing in the first one. Yet, the main story is all penguins working together to save their land from an unknown disaster. Filled with lots of family fun, penguin love, and humor from the great Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, Happy Feet Two will be the movie of the winter you’d take your family to see.
5. New Year’s Eve – Dec. 9
An all-star cast lead by Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Robert DeNiro, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, and a whole truckload left to write about, New Year’s Eve follows several (thousand) different situations all taking place at one time of the year, New Year’s Eve.
Like Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve hopes to capture audiences not only by the number of A-List actors, but also by many different inspiring stories as well as humor along the way whether that be Katherine Heigl slapping Jon Bon Jovi or Jessica Biel in a first New Year baby contest or Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele stuck in an elevator together or even Zac Efron finding love by trying to get to a party. New Year’s Eve will do to this Holiday season what Valentine’s Day did to Spring a few years back. A great movie to just sit and enjoy with that special loved one or friends you want to laugh with.
6. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – Dec. 16
Alvin and the crew are back this holiday for another adventure where they play it up to Gilligan’s Island and Cast Away as the six chipmunks get lost out to see.
Before you hiss and boo that I have this movie on the list, know that I have always been an Alvin and the Chipmunks fan and the fact that this movie will make money whether or not you want to see it. The reason you do want to see it however is not only the fact that it’s about singing chipmunks and everybody loves Alvin and the Chipmunks, but it also gives you a good taste of what being a family really means. With Jason Lee and David Cross returning to their roles respectively, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will leave you laughing, singing, dancing a little, and probably love your family just a little bit more.
7. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Dec. 16
In this fourth installment of the Mission:Impossible franchise Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt surrounded by a great supporting cast in Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, and Tom Wilkinson along with the luscious beauty Paula Patton. This holiday feature is filled with jam-packed action and scenes that will make your jaw drop.
The premise of the story is Tom Cruise and his team must go rogue to clear IMF’s name and along the way, what I call fun stuff, happens to make this one hell of a ride. Hopefully it’ll do as good as the ones before it and not be as much of a flop as the third one was. Hopefully this round they didn’t give Tom Cruise another $100 million dollar contract. As one fan of the Mission:Impossible movies to the other, this is your movie, should you choose to watch it.
8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Dec. 16
Following the success the prequel did two years ago, this second installment once again helmed by Guy Ritchie bringing back Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams in their roles respectively, this movie follows Sherlock Holmes and his pal Watson in an adventure against Holmes’ arch nemesis: Prof. James Moriarty.
Like the prior film, knowing that this is not the Sherlock Holmes you grew up with or still read this movie will leave you wanting more. Filled with action and humor and romance, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a heart-pounding thriller its own kind. If you enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes, there is no doubt that you will enjoy this one, and honestly…who doesn’t wanna see Robert Downey Jr. in drag?
9. The Adventures of Tintin – Dec. 21
Steven Spielberg once again at the helm of a movie directs this one with the help of producer Peter Jackson and a great cast lead by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig. The Adventures of Tintin is truly an “Adventure Beyond Belief.”
Folowing the comic books of Belgian artist Georges Remi, The Adventures of Tintin definitely tops the list of must-see films this winter. Having started the first production back in 1984, Steven Spielberg has finally made this comic-book classic come to life. The story of Tintin and Captain Haddock searching for a lost ship before the evil Ivanovich Sakharine does. Filmed in the way of Polar Express and Beowulf before it, The Adventures of Tintin brought to you by two of the greatest filmmakers of time will leave wanting to see this movie again and again and again.
War Horse – Dec. 25
The second movie this winter directed by Steven Spielberg, War Horse is a loving story about the true relationship anyone can have with any human or animal. The story follows a young boy and his best friend a horse and how their relationship is broken apart when the boy’s horse is sold to the Cavalry to fight in WWI. The boy, too young to enlist in the army, heads to France to save his friend.
A true heartwarming story that will hit you from beginning to end about what a real friendship is and the bond between strong friends can never be broken. Spielberg brings this story to life with the leads of Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, and Emily Watson in roles you won’t soon forget. A must-see this winter that will truly leave you bewildered.