2013 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting holiday film seasons in years. While last year was big on family and action oriented films, this year’s selection is heavy on historical movies from the mid to late 20th century. With big name directors, proven actors, and fascinating stories, there are many compelling films to see this holiday season.
In The Book Thief (11/8/2013), a young girl finds comfort in stealing and sharing books while living in World War II Germany. The Book Thief is based on the novel of the same name and stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. While I’m a bit burned out World War II movies, I am looking forward to seeing this moving story on the big screen.
Inside Llewyn Davis (12/6/2013) is the latest film by the Coen Brothers, and it’s set in 1961 Greenwich Village, New York City. This film is about the burgeoning folk music scene in New York City at the time, and the music alone makes the movie worth seeing. Two of my favorite stars, Cary Mulligan and Justin Timberlake both have substantial roles in this movie, along with Oscar Isaac, as Llewyn Davis.
Growing up, Mary Poppins was one of my all time favorite movies. Needless to say, I’m eagerly anticipating Saving Mr. Banks (12/20/2013), a historical drama about the making of the Mary Poppins film. Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins novel. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, and I’m very excited to see him bring Disney to life in this film.
Big 1970s and 1980s Features
Even more history will be dramatized this holiday season with movies taking place in the 70s and 80s. The Wolf of Wall Street (11/15/2013) is directed by Martin Scorsese, and is set at the height of 80s decadence. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, as well as Matthew McConaughey. While this film is definitely a drama, it has a larger than life, hilarious tone.
I can hardly believe it’s been nine years since the original Anchorman film. I’m ready to keep it classy this holiday with the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (12/20/2013). The original cast is back with a few new surprise stars, and it’s the 1980s now. This movie promises as many laughs as the original, if not more.
If you were up on last year’s holiday movies, then you know that Silver Linings Playbook was a hit with critics and filmgoers. Director David O. Russell is back, along with Linings stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with American Hustle (12/25/2013). This stylized 1970s crime drama rounds out its cast with Amy Adams, Christian Bale, and Robert De Niro. I’d see it for the music and costumes alone, but the talent working on this movie all but assures it will be a slam dunk.