Friday, December 20, 2013

My Top Ten 2013 Holiday Movies to See

My Top Ten 2013 Holiday Movies to See (available in my area):
  1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – We/I need comedy! The first was great and most of cast returns here (Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, etc.) with outstanding cameo appearances and James Marsden as rival new character.
  2. Saving Mr. Banks – Films about filmmaking (Mary Poppins in this case) are always my favorite plus my favorite actor Tom Hanks, playing Walt Disney, makes it a must-see for me.
  3. Frozen – Disney’s latest animated film, based on Hans Christen Andersen’s Snow Queen tale is a slam dunk for our family and the Mouse House is on quite a role after Tangled and Wreck-It-Ralph.
  4. The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – Lots of action in director Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien adaptation in the film series. Long running time, but it’s showing in our hometown theater, which saves a great amount of my personal time.
  5. 47 Ronin – You cannot go wrong with martial arts epics…or can you? Director Carl Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves in this famous Japanese tale.
  6. Grudge Match – Boxing comedy with Director Peter Segal and stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as feuding boxers. Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin co-star.
  7. Lone Survivor – Mark Wahlberg stars in this military action film based on the 2005 secret mission where U.S. forces were attacked by enemy rebels in the mountains of Afghanistan. Peter Berg (Battleship) directs and Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Taylor Kitsch co-star.
  8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Ben Stiller directs and co-stars Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Adam Scott in the remake.
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street – stock market corruption and dark comedy from director Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner. A three-hour adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir, so definitely not in my top 5.
  10. August: Osage County – Based on the awarding winning play, this family drama powerhouse, set in Oklahoma, has great star power centering on the mother-daughter duo played by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, so might be a pleasant discovery.

Would see 12 Years a Slave, Philomena, Her, or Inside Llewyn Davis if available in my area. Hope you enjoy your holidays at the movie theatres!

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