Movies on Our Radar: Films Opening on Christmas Day

Posted on December 13, 2013 by

Christmas may be the only time you get to stay in to watch festive movies, open presents and feast on various gluttonous desserts all at the same time. But if you’re not into being a homebody for the WHOLE day, it’s a good thing movie theatres are open during the holidays.

While the theatres will be chock-full of wonderful films (e.g Anchorman 2, August: Osage Country, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Her, American Hustle, etc) here are three films opening on Christmas Day that are worth checking out.

The Wolf of Wall Street

And once again, Leo’s search for an Oscar continues. But in all seriousness, this movie looks awesome.

Based on a true story, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street follows the life of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his days as a wealthy stockbroker living a life full of money, fancy cars and fine dining to his fall thanks to his involvement in blue collared crime, corruption and the federal government.

Sure, the film may not be as visually stunning as Gravity, or move you in ways like 12 Years a Slave has for many. But from the looks of it, the movie’s witty dialogue, Oscar-winning director and character actors (Jonah Hill with buck teeth, anyone?) seems enough to make us interested.  And besides, just give Leo the damn Oscar already!

47 Ronin

If you’re looking for something unconventional to watch, 47 Ronin would be our pick. Making a comeback to action films, Keanu Reeves plays an outcast named Kai who joins a group of samurai to avenge the death of their master.

Reeves remains one of the most genuine and underrated actors of today, taking on roles he’s passionate about. I can’t say that this is a film I’d pick as my first choice, but if you’re into action, sword fighting, demons, monsters and ghosts, then perhaps this fantasy movie might be something worth checking out. I’m also excited at the prospect of more Asian actors on the screen… Even if they are playing very stereotypical roles.

Justin Bieber’s Believe 

Yes, I really just went there. Justin Bieber is like a gift that just keeps on giving. In the second documentary surrounding the singer, Believe will take us along on his journey from the personal parts of his life to the times he’s on-stage.

Say what you will about the Biebs, but there’s no doubt his legion of fans will see his film on opening day. The Belieber fandom is like a family, and what’s a better way to spend the holidays than with your very own pals? Thank you, Justin. You’ve just given us the best gift we could ever ask for!

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