‘Tis the season of holiday blockbusters and here is a list of our season’s favorites.
Between shopping, baking, wrapping, and decorating we’ve reserved late nights and date nights in our packed planners for these flicks.
About Time. We are head over heels for any romance movie that stars Rachel McAdams and even more so when the writer and director is Richard Curtis, whose impressive film repertoire includes Notting Hill and Love Actually. This quirky love story adds a twist to the stereotypical romance genre when twenty-something Tim uses time travel to find love. Although, he must remember, things don’t always turn out the way we planned. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Lydia Wilson
Dallas Buyers Club. Even though he appears meager, Matthew McConaughey is still strikingly attractive as the ex-cowboy and HIV-positive Ron Woodroof. Woodroof embarks on a hustling escapade, traveling between the American and Mexican border, seeking alternative HIV treatments while fiercely battling powerhouse pharmaceutical companies and the government. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
Diana. A Pakistani heart surgeon tugs on the tender heartstrings of the beloved Princess Diana during the last two years of her life and together they tumble into an ill-timed love affair. Our inner princesses are enthralled with this historical and honest royal love story. Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Geraldine James.
The Wolf of Wall Street. Try to keep the goo-ing and gah-ing to a minimum when you see this long list of dreamy cast members. Leonardo DiCaprio, for one, takes on another Gatsby-esque role as Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker, who gets tangled in crime and corruption. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau, and Spike Jonze. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The thrilling second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy that we’ve been twiddling our thumbs waiting to see is finally out in theaters! Are you on team Peeta or team Gale? Sorry teammates, but you’ll have to wait until the third movie to find out which flame Katniss catches and the fate of all our favorite characters. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.
Inside Llewyn Davis. Our Brooklyn-hipster friends will be humming and tapping their canvas slip-ons to this flick that follows a week in the life of a young folk singer based in 1961 Greenwich Village. However, we think any and everyone will enjoy this “Best Picture” prized and homegrown journey. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Will Farrell, the classic funny-man, does it again with his news-cast posse of men, and a woman, in 70s suits. We are looking forward to interjecting quotable one-liners for many more years to come. Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell.
Parkland. In reverence to the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this movie emotionally encompasses that devastating moment and the subsequent events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Zac Efron is definitely not in high school anymore and we adore him in another serious role since starring in The Lucky One. Starring Zac Efron, Tom Welling, and Billy Bob Thorton.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This is a fantasy and action-packed adventure story of a business man falling in love and saving his job while randomly whisking himself away to mythical places. It may be cheesy, but we’ve embraced this movie’s tag line “Stop Dreaming. Start Living.” to kick-off our exciting New Year. Starring Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig.
August: Osage County. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning dark humor play, the movie version also portrays the conflicts of a dysfunctional family. As somber as the plot sounds the army of talented actors and actresses is simply astounding. It’s hard to imagine after watching this film that the famed Meryl Streep once played the poised and classically fashionable Miranda Priestly. Starring Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, and Julia Roberts.
Saving Mr. Banks. This delightful tale takes us through the untold true story of how Mary Poppins came to life on the big screen. After leaving the theater we will be chalking the sidewalks and skipping home to the tune of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious like giddy young girls once again. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.