Movie Reviews: What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday
Poptional Reading’s annual review of the newest 13 movies in theaters at Christmas (and who to watch them with)
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Hugo photograph by Jaap Buitendijk © 2011 GK Films, LLC. All Rights Reserved
In recent years, it’s become almost a cliché that those who don’t celebrate Christmas head out to the multiplex on December 25. I’m here to dispel the stereotype: I do celebrate Christmas, and I’m off at the movies with everyone else as soon as I’m done opening presents. And I return a couple more times over the week that follows — it’s a long break with a lot of time to fill. The only questions: What to see, and with who?
I have to say, this year’s choices look pretty good. There’s a large variety, from big action flicks to crime thrillers, to Oscar bait to two Spielberg movies. Here are my suggestions for what to see and who to bring over the holidays:
The Artist photograph courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Your Grandparents or Anyone Who Loves Silent Film: Hugo or The Artist
Hugo, based on Brian O. Selznick’s illustrated bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, may ostensibly be a movie for kids. But in the hands of Martin Scorsese... it isn’t. Selznick and Scorsese lovingly thread the history of cinema throughout the story, and there are so many homages to silent films that’ll probably go right over the heads of young ones. The Artist goes one step further — it pretty much is a silent film. Director Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo affectionately recreate some of the genre’s tropes and make a movie out of them that’s 100 percent charming.
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