Just because we’re suggesting other things to do on Christmas, doesn’t mean you can’t just go to the movies. Some people see the Disney Christmas Day Parade and can think of nothing else but popcorn. Here are the three major films premiering on the holiday.
Quentin Tarantino’s style is not without its critics — his frequent nods to older movies are praised by some, panned by others — but one phenomenon is universal: When his name is attached to a project, people stop and take notice. His latest film, Django Unchained, is a nominee for Best Drama at the Golden Globes Awards and tells of a slave, played by Jamie Foxx, and a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), who embark on an entertaining journey filled with the killing of slave owners. (See Inglourious Basterds, another solid Tarantino flick about another oppressed people slaying their persecutors, for more eye-popping violence.)
I dreamed a dream that I would get to see Les Miserables and then politely asked that I not have to wait until a four-night run of the musical in January at the Kimmel Center. My prayers were answered. A big-screen adaptation of the musical premieres on Christmas Day. This latest version is directed by Tom Hooper, (the Academy Award-winning The King’s Speech), and has a cast stocked with accomplished actors, including Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Want to pregame for the movie? Head over to YouTube and watch Susan Boyle’s performance of “I Dreamed a Dream.”
It may be hard to believe because he remains such a fixture in the entertainment industry — appearing at events like 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief and hosting the Oscars every year helps with that — but it’s been a decade since Billy Crystal starred in a major Hollywood film, 2002’s Analyze That. In Parental Guidance, Crystal and another reliable source of comedy, Bette Midler, play a couple who agree to babysit their grandchildren, only to find themselves laughably inept at supervising and relating to 21st century kids. Who knew that little league baseball games today could end in a tie? Not Crystal, apparently.