For those heading to the big screen over the holiday break, here's a run-down of this year's crop of "award season" films and Christmas premieres.
My excitement over this year's crop of "award season" movies stands in contrast to much more knowledgeable film critics who lament that studios would rather make 17 Iron Man movies than take a chance on one movie that is less safe. (See Has Hollywood Murdered Movies?) And while I wouldn't mind seeing a few more movies that don't involve superheroes and a few less Ron Burgundy appearances, I don't think that all is lost. If for no other reason, the new Robert Redford movie looks pretty sweet.
So don't fret. There are plenty of good movies to see after your Christmas meal at Han Dynasty — my personal favorite among Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia. Some of them are already out and getting a lot of attention — American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis and Her — but here's a little info about the movies premiering on the holiday:
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an adaptation of a short story by the same name. While stuck in a monotonous job at Life magazine, Mitty imagines adventures around the globe.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio teamed up again to make The Wolf of Wall Street about a stockbroker (DiCaprio), who, like Mitty, has big dreams — except his involve illegal activities and corruption, and he actually acts upon them.
For those Philadelphians looking to see Sylvester Stallone again don boxing gloves and hopefully lift heavy stuff during a montage, there is Grudge Match. Stallone and Robert DeNiro get back in the ring for a decisive third match 30 years after their last fight.