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Cinema on Santa’s Sleigh: Holiday season brings new movies to the big screen

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and this is especially true for movie lovers. This November and December bring many new movies to the silver screen. So if you’re looking for some fun in the great indoors this holiday season, check out these movies that are coming to theaters near you.

The Blockbusters

These movies are highly anticipated, and their movie makers hope they will benefit from releasing their films over the holiday season.

Penguins of Madagascar

Release Date: Nov. 21

Synopsis: If you’re looking for an animated comedy to watch with your family this season, you might want to see this one. The movie is about penguins that join with an undercover organization to stop Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world.

Rated PG

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights

The Imitation Game

Release Date: Nov. 21

Synopsis: If you’re a history buff or Benedict Cumberbatch fan, you will enjoy this movie about an English mathematician that helps crack the enigma code for Great Britain during World War II.

Rated PG-13

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Release Date: Dec. 17

Synopsis: Fans of the Hobbit Saga hope that Peter Jackson will meet their expectations in this 6th and final film taking place in Middle-Earth. This time, Bilbo and company go to war against the dragon Smaug and try to keep him from destroying Middle-Earth.

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Release Date: Dec. 19

Synopsis: If you enjoyed the first two Night at the Museum movies, then you’ll want to catch the third installment. This time, Larry travels the globe to complete his quest of saving the magic of the museum before time runs out.

Rated PG

Starring: Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

Into the Woods

Release Date: December 25

Synopsis: Based on the musical of the same name, Into the Woods is a modern twist on fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk. All these fairytales come together to tell a story about a baker and his wife, who are trying to start a family by eliminating a curse placed on them by a witch.

Rated PG

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp

 

The Dark Horses

Perhaps you want to see the movies that fly under the radar and are not getting much attention. These are the movies for you and you can claim that you saw them before they were cool.

Exodus: God and Kings

Release Date: Dec. 12

Synopsis: Based on the book of Exodus, this film tells the classic religious tale of Moses rising up against the Pharaoh Ramses. Played by Christian Bale, Moses leads a group of slaves to the Promised Land and they endure the cycle of plagues sent by God.

Rated PG-13

Starring: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul

 

Unbroken

Release Date: Dec. 25

Synopsis: Directed by Angeline Jolie, Unbroken highlights the life of Louis Zamperini, a distance runner for the United States Olympic team who was captured by Japanese forces and forced into a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. If you want to learn more about this American hero, you can read the book Unbroken written by Laura Hillenbrand .

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson

Sources: IMDB, YouTube

 

 

About Jordan Musselman

Senior Jordan Musselman is a staff reporter for the McNicholas Milestone. He is involved with liturgy choir, theatre, service club, and is a peer mentor at McNicholas. He enjoys watching television, hanging out with his friends, and spending time with his family.

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