This time of year is huge for the movie industry. As someone who slings popcorn at our local theater, I can tell you personally how many people flock to our doors for family time and quality entertainment this time of year. These movies have generated a lot of buzz and will surely keep us busy at the local Highland 12, but more importantly give you all something to do during our beautiful five week break that can’t come soon enough.
“Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Opening this weekend is “Catching Fire”, the second in “The Hunger Games” series, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. In this riveting action movie based on the books, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark’s Hunger Games win is short-lived. The evil President Snow is outraged as their unconventional victory has kicked up a rebellion in some of the districts of Panem, and organizes a special 75th Hunger Games, selecting past victors to compete in yet another fight to the death.
OPENING: November 22nd
This Thanksgiving, we have Disney’s kid-friendly “Frozen”. In this film, the fearless Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer in an epic, magical journey to stop her sister Elsa, who has trapped their town in an eternal winter with her icy powers.
OPENING: Thanksgiving, November 27th
Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Christmas”
Just in time for Christmas, we will be treated to a number of fabulous movies, but none seem to generate as much buzz as the new Tyler Perry movie, “A Madea’s Christmas.” In this continuation of the series, Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend give her daughter a surprise visit in the country for the holiday season. As the small rural town gets ready for its Christmas Jubilee, new secrets are revealed and hilarity ensues while Madea dishes out her own brand of holiday cheer.
OPENING: December 13th
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
In this sequel to one of the most quotable comedies of all time, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) returns with the whole gang to help launch the country’s first 24-hour news network in New York City. With the 70s behind him, Burgundy will have to fight to stay classy in unfamiliar territory.
OPENING: December 20th
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With so many films coming out this season, being bored is not an option this holiday! Honorable mentions to this list include “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “American Hustle,” “47 Ronin,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
Stay safe and have a wonderful break!