Top 5 Movies To See On Christmas Day (With Trailers)

by
Patrick Creaven
A breakdown of the top movies to see on Christmas Day.

For many families, going to the movies is just as much a Christmas Day tradition as opening presents, visiting relatives and eggnog.

Seeing a movie on Christmas Day gives families a chance to spend time together without actually talking to one another. It's perfect! This year, there are a number of different types of movies and picking the right one depends on what you're looking for. Let's go over my top 5.

5. Saving Mr. Banks


Go see this movie if...

You want to feel good about humanity on Christmas. I guarantee a story about how Marry Poppins became a movie isn't going to break you're heart or make you turn away in terror. If you have children, this is your movie for Christmas Day.

Don't see this movie if...

You don't like Tom Hanks. He will dominate the screen, in hopes of an Oscar nomination, so stay away if you aren't a fan.

The critics say...

It's pretty good. It scored 65 out of 100 on Metacritic. Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal said, "Edges have been softened, harshness has been transformed into happiness sprinkled with eccentricity. And the paradox, of course, is that we're glad to be seduced. As Disney films go, this is a good one."

4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Go see this movie if...

You want to laugh. If you don't at least giggle at some point in this movie there's something wrong with you.

Don't see this movie if...

You want to feel smarter when you walk out of the theater than when you walk in. You will get the opposite feeling.

The critics say...

It's a good, stupid comedy. Metacritic gave it 61. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "When is a movie fall-down funny even when some scenes fall flat on their fat ones? When it's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."

3. American Hustle


Go see this movie if...

You appreciate great acting. This film has an all-star cast (Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Robert De Niro) and they all put in strong performances.

Don't see this movie if...

You want to feel good about about humanity. This movie is the opposite of Saving Mr. Branks. You probably don't want to bring the kids to this one.

The critics say...

They like it, a lot. Its Metacritic is 90. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post wrote, "The warmth that courses through American Hustle makes it irresistible, with Russell’s affection for his characters and his sharp-eyed evocation of their recessionary times, honoring their struggle, however dishonest, rather than denigrating it."

2. Inside Llewyn Davis


Go see this movie if...

You like the Coen brothers. The movie is being considered one of their bests.

Don't see this movie if...

You don't like the Coen brothers. Other than one or two exceptions ('O Brother Where Art Thou), I think all their movies are awesome, but they are distinct taste.

The critics say...

It's one of the best movies of the year. It scored a 92 out of 100 on Metacritic. Marc Mohan of The Oregonian wrote, "As flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today."

1. Wolf of Wall Street


Go see this movie if...

You want to be entertained. If the movie lives up to the trailer, it's going to be an enjoyable couple of hours. It's a Martin Scorsese film and he's never boring.

Don't see this movie if...

You don't have a lot of time. It's a long movie, about three hours.

The critics say...

It's an exciting film, even if its a bit disturbing. Metacritc gave it a 77. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "A very fast three hours, Wolf is a fascinating, revolting, outlandish, uproarious, exhilarating and exhausting master work on immorality."

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