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The 7 Movies You MUST See During Winter Break

The 7 Movies You MUST See During Winter Break

By Beth Mishler

Warner Brothers

Winter break is almost here, Masterminds, which generally means more sleep, more binge eating, and more movies—although not necessarily in that order. So, we’ve compiled a list of noteworthy flicks you might wanna check out during your upcoming days off in our winter movie preview!

The Hobbit (Dec. 14)

Leaving this flick off a list such as this would almost be as bad as having only one breakfast! This LOTR prequel has us über excited about three things in particular: finally getting to see Sherlock’s Watson, Martin Freeman, as Bilbo, the cinematic creation of Smaug, and Andy Serkis’ return as Gollum. When asked the difference between playing the twisted Mr. Smeagol now vs. 10 years ago, Serkis joked that since Gollum will be younger in The Hobbit, he’ll be “a lot hotter... he hangs out with the chicks.” We doubt it. But we can’t wait to see the preciousssss again!

The Guilt Trip (Dec. 19)

Ever wanted to see a movie where Seth Rogen gets guilted into bringing his mom (Barbara Streisand) on a cross-country road trip? Well, if you haven’t, you might wanna skip this one, although be warned: the cast is pretty killer, and Rogen is usually hilarious in everything he’s in. Parks and Rec’s Adam Scott and Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski also star, and Dan Fogelman (the dude who wrote Crazy, Stupid Love) wrote the screenplay, so expect laughs, and true, real, genuine moments.

On the Road (Dec. 21)

Bella goes beatnik in this take on Jack Kerouac’s popular 1957 novel, which hasn’t really garnered much buzz, good or bad. The flick got released early overseas, and The Guardian slammed the male characters’ lack of depth while praising Kristin Stewart and Kirsten Dunst, among others, for creating strong and layered females. The previews look alternately hipster cool and psychobabble blah, but if you’re a fan of Kerouac or the Beats, it might be worth hopping on this Road.

Les Miserables (Dec. 25)

One of the most anticipated film of the year, this take on Victor Hugo’s classic novel stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine, and looks downright amazing. At a time of year when the country is very politically charged (see: the very recent election), this flick, which tells the story of downtrodden students/workers who revolt against the cold upper/ruling class, could be extremely powerful. By all counts, this looks like it could be one of the best movies of 2012.

Django Unchained (Dec. 25)

Quentin Tarantino’s trademark cool will be on display again soon in this Civil War-era spaghetti western about a former slave (Jamie Foxx) who is obsessed with finding his wife (Kerry Washington), who remains a slave. Expect typical Tarantino violence, stellar dialogue, and a fantastic soundtrack. Foxx recently noted that during production, the eccentric filmmaker “let the music drive him.” If history is any kind of indicator, that can only be a good thing!

Struck by Lightening (Jan. 11)

Glee’s Chris Colfer also wrote this dark-for-PG-13 comedy about an ambitious high school writer who gets struck by lightening in the beginning of the film. Ok, then! The rest of the story is the telling of how Colfer’s character got people to contribute to his lit magazine via blackmail. Pitch Perfect’s hilarious Rebel Wilson also stars as Colfer’s best bud.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)

Jeremy Renner with a bow and arrows doesn’t seem like it could ever be a bad thing. And they kill witches? Sounds cool to us!

What upcoming winter releases are you looking forward to?

Tags: movies, reviews, the hobbit, quentin tarantino, peter jackson, bilbo baggins, gollum, seth rogen

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About the Author
Beth Mishler

Beth Mishler is a writer, producer, and pop culture connoisseur who has a weakness for the Whedonverse and all things sci-fi. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Beth currently lives in The Plains, Ohio, where she freelances, makes documentaries, and watches a kazillion hours of TV per week while anxiously awaiting the release of George R.R. Martin's next novel.

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