Wondering what to do tomorrow if you don’t celebrate Christmas, or are looking for post-Christmas morning activities? Look no further. Here are eight movies you need to head to the theater for. You could even see two or three in a row if you’re feeling in a marathon kind of mood…
Jennifer Lawrence + Bradley Cooper + Robert Di Nero = You-Can’t-Miss-This. David O. Russell, the same director that brought you the likes of Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and The Fighter, now brings you a storyline that spans across four generations with one woman (Jennifer Lawrence) striving to start a successful business. If her interview in this month’s Vogue wasn’t enough to convince you, we don’t know what is.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In case you weren’t among the many fans that turned up in costume for opening weekend, take Christmas Day to see the newest addition to the Star Wars saga. Set thirty years after the Return of the Jedi, new characters and old favorites come together for The Force.
Will Smith, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama, plays a doctor who discovers the truth behind the dangers of brain damage football players receive from multiple concussions during the average game. If for nothing else, it’ll be a great conversation piece for Superbowl Sunday.
The Big Short
Adapted from Michael Lewis’ best-selling book, this movie includes an amazing cast consisting of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. Together their characters predict the housing market and credit collapse that eventually led to the 2008 financial crisis, after which they attempt to take on the bigger banks for ignoring the issue. Pay attention, because this is one of the leading movies in Golden Globes nominations.
Will Ferrell, the step-dad, and Mark Wahlberg, the bad-ass real dad, compete to be “the favorite” with their kids. Ferrell’s character’s inferiority complex is sure to deliver lots of laughs.
In case you haven’t heard the buzz around this movie, Carol has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe awards and surely there are Oscars in its future. Set in 1950s Manhattan, a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) develops a relationship with an older married woman (Cate Blanchett) that quickly leads to a complicated love drama.
The Revenant (In Limited Theaters)
For those lucky enough to be close to one of the theaters that will be releasing The Revenant early, check out this thrilling Western drama from Birdman’s director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who sets out to take revenge against the man who left him for dead (Tom Hardy).
The Hateful Eight (In Limited Theaters)
Quentin Tarantino’s newest movie will also be released in select theaters tomorrow. Taking place in post-Civil War Wyoming, Kurt Russell plays a bounty hunter taking his fugitive prisoner to the town of Red Rock when he encounters a blizzard along with six other travelers. Other notable cast members include Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Channing Tatum.
Not up for going out? Watch one of these holiday movies at home.