By Will Camillo
With Halloween having come and gone, the time has come to prepare for the next big holiday. No, not Christmas, despite what every store and advertisement would like you to believe.
Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and it will be another much-needed reprieve before the end of the semester. Thanksgiving is a time to return home, get together with family and friends, enjoy an enormous meal… and go to the movies after the food coma has finally worn off. The Thanksgiving weekend is one of the biggest weekends for the lm industry, with huge blockbusters trying to take advantage of school vacations and the long holiday weekend.
This year, many franchises are desperately trying to release their next film early enough to make a profit before the hotly-anticipated ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes over cinemas in December. So, before your third helping of leftover turkey, here are the top five Thanksgiving movies you should check out during your well-deserved break.
5. “Spectre” (Nov. 5)
The name’s Bond. James Bond. After the smash-hit that was 2012’s “Skyfall,” Daniel Craig is back for what may be his final performance as the British super-spy. Thanks to “Skyfall” and 2006’s “Casino Royale,” the recent series of Bond films have been lauded by both fans and critics, many of whom consider Daniel Craig to be on par with Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton as one of the best actors to have ever portrayed 007. The only reason that “Spectre” is not higher on this list is that I am already planning to see it opening weekend.
4. “The Peanuts Movie” (Nov. 5)
Ah, the Peanuts. I have such fond memories of watching the misadventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the lovable cast of characters that we have all come to know and love through their animated specials and comic strips. Now, after another traditional viewing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” you can check out a new take on our beloved Peanuts. While I do have my reservations about the 3D animation style, “The Peanuts Movie” has all the makings of a great family film, one that you will not be upset about being dragged to go see by your siblings and cousins.
3. “The Night Before” (Nov. 20)
While it is not technically a Thanksgiving movie, “The Night Before” looks like it could be a great comedy to see with your hometown friends during your last night together before returning to college. Starring Seth Ro-gen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, “The Night Before” tells the tale of three childhood friends whose annual Christmas Eve tradition of debauchery is about to come to an end as they transition into adulthood. The trio tries to make their last round of shenanigans as memorable as possible in this R-rated comedy. While I am not a huge fan of Seth Rogen’s comedic style, this has the potential to be an adult Christmas classic in the vein of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
2. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2” (Nov. 20)
I bet you were expecting to see this at number one. If you are not yet a fan of this dystopian franchise, there is not much cause to see the final installment of this series unless you want to marathon through the other three films in the series during your food coma. On the other hand, if you are a fan of Katniss and the world of Panem, I bet you have already bought your tickets. Turn your weapons to the Capitol, and turn your wallets to the box office.
1. “Creed” (Nov. 25)
“Creed” is a movie I never thought I would see. After 2006’s misfire “Rocky Balboa,” I thought that the “Rocky” franchise was over. That was until the first trailer for “Creed” was released. Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, a duo that received critical acclaim in 2013’s “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” follows the story of Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, who heads to Philadelphia in order to seek out his father’s friend and rival, Rocky Balboa, in hopes of following in his dad’s foot-steps.’ For many fans, this feels like the “Rocky” movie we wanted, the one we are owed after a series of subpar sequels. But as Rocky himself so eloquently said, “Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself.” And you owe yourself to see “Creed” this Thanksgiving.