Posted December 21, 2012 by Laurel Deneen in Features

Top 5 Films Worth Your Money This Holiday

This holiday season you’ll have lots of options at the movie theater. With so many studios releasing films in the coming days how do you decide what to spend your money on? Maybe you want something for the whole family or maybe an escape from the drama that is your family. Either way we have you covered with these five films that are sure not to be a waste of whatever money you have left after buying all those gifts!
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Currently In Theaters- Rated PG-13
Yes this pick is kind of a given when you consider the record smashing opening weekend the film had.  (The Hobbit made $223 million worldwide.) But for your money you couldn’t find a better action adventure film that can appeal to the whole family. The locations are breathtaking, the costumes are beautiful, the score is epic and the action scenes are exciting. The film is a bit long so make sure you don’t take children with the inability to sit still for too long. The film’s pace is great and the story is exciting making it not feel like you’ve spent almost three hours in the theater.
Check out our full review of the film here.



2. The Impossible - Opens December 21st (US Release Date) – Rated PG-13


The Impossible is the story of one family’s survival during the 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia.  The buzz around this film has been strong for quite some time with critics not only hailing performances from Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, who play the parents Maria and Henry, but for the young actors who play their three sons as well.  The story line is powerful and the film is very emotional. So be aware of that before heading to the theaters this holiday weekend, you may need some tissue. However the journey you are taken on is well worth whatever undoubtedly butch tears you may shed.




3.  Django Unchained – Opens December 25th – Rated R


Quentin Tarantino’s new gory epic opens on Christmas day. The film is about a slave named Django (the D is silent) played by Jamie Fox who becomes a bounty hunter with the help of his mentor (Christoph Waltz) and sets off on a journey to recover his wife from a brutal plantation owner played by Leonard DiCaprio. While Tarantino may not be the first name you think of when it comes to holiday fun, this film may be prefect escapism for the stress of the season.  The performances have already garnered DiCaprio and Waltz Golden Globe nominations with the film itself receiving a nod for Best Picture and Best Director. This looks to be not only an instant Tarantino classic but a really well made and interesting film despite the usual overabundance of blood, guts and swearing.




4. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away - December 21st – Rated PG


Looking for something unique to entertain the family this weekend? Consider Cirque du Soleil’s production Worlds Away.  Directed by Andrew Adamson (Chronicles of Narnia) and produced by James Cameron (Avatar) the films follows two young people through the “worlds” of Cirque to find each other. These worlds are all taken from past and currently running Cirque du Soleil productions including  “O”, KA’, Zumanity and the Beatles LOVE.  The film features acrobatics, aerial stunts, music and what looks to be amazing sets coupled with the famous circus troops’ dynamic storytelling. I know I for one am intrigued…




5. Les Miserables – December 25th – Rated PG-13

The much anticipated musical finally hits theaters on the 25th. The star studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried boasts a big budget and a big built-in fan base that will undoubtedly bring all of their expectations to the screening. With a powerful score and storyline one can only hope that it lives up to the hype. For those of you who have managed to bypass the Tony Award winning stage production and multiple subsequent tours here is an outline of the plot: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. 


Laurel Deneen

Lover of movies, television, theater, comics and general nerdery, Laurel hails from Minneapolis Minnesota. She has a geeky husband who requires more than the average amount of attention, a dog who thinks she's a dragon and she secretly longs to be a penguin.