If you plan to go out to the movies this Christmas, it appears that your choices will come down to war movies, bio-pics or raunchy R-rated comedies. Pick your poison.
‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ (Dec. 25)
Get ready to sit back and relax in another Hot Tub Time Machine with nearly the entire gang from the first movie (except John Cusack). Like Bill & Ted, this time they’ll bounce all around the space-time continuum in an attempt to save Rob Corddry’s life. The only trailer to be released so far is Red Band, so be prepared for adult content.
‘The Interview’ (Dec. 25)
The R-rated Christmas Day comedies continue when Seth Rogen and James Franco’s might start a war with North Korea. They play a pair of reporters allowed into North Korea to interview real-life president Kim Jong-un. Little do the Koreans know that the dummies have been trained by the CIA to assassinate the dictator during the interview.
‘Unbroken’ (Dec. 25)
Angelina Jolie takes another shot at directing with ‘Unbroken’, the true story of Louis Zamperini. With a screenplay written by Joel and Ethan Coen, this is one of the most promising titles of the year. The film recounts the unbelievable life of the underdog Olympic athlete turned B-17 gunner, who eventually became a prisoner of war during World War II.
‘American Sniper’ (Dec. 25)
Clint Eastwood’s second movie of the year (after the summer flop ‘Jersey Boys’) is another biographical war drama, but this one’s with a modern warfare story. Bradley Cooper portrays the man known as the deadliest sniper of all time, Chris Kyle. With 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed throughout his four tours in the Iraq War, Kyle’s story sure sounds worth telling. It’s just too bad that Eastwood had his hands on it. If ‘American Sniper’ is anything like ‘Flags of Our Father‘ (or any of his other recent movies), we’re in for a bore.
‘Big Eyes’ (Dec. 25)
The third bio-pic to hit screens on Christmas day (the only one not about war) comes to us from Tim Burton. ‘Big Eyes’ stars Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane, the artist whose famous paintings were sold under her husband’s name. His fake fame caused marital troubles and their divorce case, including settling the ownership of her paintings, went all the way up to Federal Court. Considering that this is an atypical Tim Burton movie, here’s hoping it’s grand.
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