(Mirror Daily, United States) – It’s that beautiful time of the year when families get together, sing carols, pass on eggnog, and participate in bonding traditions. However, that’s not to everyone’s taste, and some might enjoy their time in other ways. For them, here is a short list on what movies to watch around Christmas 2015, which might still be playing.
Some might prefer cozying by the fire with something to watch. Others might wander into theaters to see what’s playing, whether it’s holiday-related or not. However, it’s been a decent year so far for movie-goers, though everyone likely knows to whom December, 2015 belongs already. It’s an epic sci-fi movie from a famous series.
A Christmas-themed movie that you might not want to watch with your kids. ‘Krampus’ tells the story of a family that is not truly into the Christmas spirit. Fights, conflicts, and general drama leads lead to a little boy accidentally summoning a deadly demon into their world. It follows the old German folklore of Krampus, which is like an anti-Santa. He is known for punishing children for their bad behavior. However, the summoned demon seems to have a bone to pick with everyone else as well. Not one for the kids, but a thriller adults might want to look into.
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, and David Koechner
If you’re not into the holiday spirit, ‘Macbeth’ will throw you into the beautifully dramatic world of Shakespeare and the tragic story Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis. After receiving a prophecy from three witches, Macbeth’s ambitions aim toward becoming the King of Scotland. Spurred on by his wife, Lady Macbeth, he is driven to murder, betrayal, and a slow loss of his wits. The tale and dialogue is done in the splendid way that will be familiar to fans of The Bard. It features well-crafted visuals, and some excellent performances to bring one of Shakespeare’s most famous stories to life.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, and Jack Reynor
In The Heart of the Sea
Most will know that Herman Melville’s famous ‘Moby Dick’ novel was partly inspired by a true story, a tragic occurrence that led to a whaling ship brought down by a whale in 1820. ‘In The Heart of the Sea’ tells that story, the true incident that forced the creation of Captain Ahab and the whale that made history in literature. The movie reveals the tale of the whaling ship Essex, and its encounter with a giant whale that brought it all down. The action movie tells their story, the conflict with the harsh sea, and the struggle to maintain sanity.
Starring: Christ Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
In a more joyous and family-fun rendition, Alvin and the chipmunks are back. This time, the trio of adorable little chipmunks are faced with a potential tragedy in their lives. Their best friend, Dave, is in potential danger in their eyes: marriage. The trio believe that he is about to propose to his girlfriend, but have no intentions of allowing that to happen, as it will mean them pairing up with a horrible step-brother. The little chipmunks will be going on a road trip to stop the proposal before it happens. The movie will see to a return of the adorable creatures, their tiny little voices, and the familiar humor.
Starring: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubbler, and Jesse McCartney
After the duo became a hit with hosting the Oscars, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up as ‘Sisters’. The story unfolds as two sisters are facing a future where their childhood home will be sold off by their parents. To pay proper tribute, they decide to throw a massive party that is reminiscent of their fun times as teenagers. Think of the end-of-the-year highschool parties that are little else but friends, music, drinking, and, of course, ‘hook ups’. Now age everyone in there around 20 years to paint the picture of well-received comedy.
Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Not a secret to anyone who has… eyes or ears. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has easily been the most anticipated movie of this year. It will bring back a fantastic sci-fi story that has millions of fans around the world. Episode VII will see to a return of old characters, along with fascinating new ones. For anyone who has not yet seen the epic sci-fi, they likely should. It has stunning visuals, outstanding performances, and a beautifully crafted story that succeeded in spite of the high expectations. No movie this year has been hold up to higher standards. And yet, reviews from both fans and critics have been excellent. It’s an enjoyable experience, the rebirth of the epic series, and an outstanding performance by the new lead, Daisy Ridley.
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill
Opening Christmas Day, ‘Joy’ features Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in the role of ‘Joy’, a young woman coming from a broken family and her determination to build a better life. The story will center around the ambitious Joy, who, against all odds, finds a way to stamp her name into the business world. Surrounded by unsupportive family, she is determined not to become a regular housewife and is ready to user her wits, talent, and intelligence to work for it. The emotional movie, and likely light comedy turned drama, will focus on both her journey and family.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Diane Ladd
The Hateful Eight
The masterful Quentin Tarantino is back. Starting on Christmas Day in selected theaters, ‘The Hateful Eight’ will tell the (likely bloody) story of bounty hunters all finding shelter from a blizzard on their way to delivering a target. Instead, they will be caught in a plot of deception and betrayal, where every misstep could lead to a rain of bullets. Tarantino returns the audience to an environment that was particularly successful with ‘Django Unchained’, and a few big names not unfamiliar with the weight of a prop revolver.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen
Leonardo DiCaprio steps into the shoes of Hugh Glass, a legendary explorer who is set on the path to vengeance in the 1820s. After suffering a brutal bear attack, Glass is left behind by his team, his son is taken away, and nearly buried alive for the burden he has become to their survival. Instead, he survives and then embarks on a quest of revenge for all who had wronged him. The dark action movie is set to open on Christmas Day and might bring a few shivers down the spine of viewers. And perhaps, an Oscar-worthy performance on the side of DiCaprio that the internet has been dreaming of.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhall Gleeson, and Paul Anderson
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