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Check Out The Hottest Movies Of The Holiday Season

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Heading into the holiday season, some of the year’s best films will no doubt be among those released in November and December. The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, was among those and is living up to its hype. The ordeal continues as the main characters Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark must take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. All the while, President Snow plots an end to the two young revolutionaries.

In the comedy genre, movie-goers will find Delivery Man quite funny as Vince Vaughn plays a former sperm donor who finds out that he has fathered 533 children. It’s light-hearted fun as Vaughn tries to connect with all of his kids. Another family-type film is Frozen, an animated hit featuring the voice of Kristen Bell as main character Anna. After being cast into eternal winter by her sister, Snow Queen Elsa, Anna, a mountaineer named Kristoff, and his reindeer set off to break the spell.

Action movies abound throughout November and December and two of the best are Out of the Furnace and Homefront. Christian Bale stars as the older brother in Furnace who must choose between saving his brother from a life of crime and getting out of poverty. In Homefront, action star Jason Statham is a former DEA agent looking for a more peaceful life. He moves with his daughter to a small town to get away from the life he once knew. The only problem is that the small town is run by a gang leader played by James Franco.

There are a few upcoming movies that are promising, especially ones that are based on wildly successful television series. Entourage, the hit HBO television series, has an upcoming movie under development. Considering the popularity of the TV show, it’s expected to do well.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Promises More

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More than a few Tolkien fans were disappointed with the first installment of The Hobbit. For one thing, the film was long enough that watching it in its entirety necessitated blocking out an entire afternoon in your schedule. Shockingly, director Peter Jackson was reportedly forced to cut quite a bit of footage before the theatrical release of The Hobbit. It boggles the mind to consider how long the movie might have been without the final cuts. Fans also decried Jackson’s choice to break the movie into three separate films, creating a Hobbit trilogy. Many suspect that it was an arrogant and financially driven decision. After all, Jackson was somehow able to condense each of the Lord of the Rings novels into a single film; why is The Hobbit any different? Frankly, turning it into a trilogy spreads the story rather thin and the first Hobbit film suffered from crawling plot development as a result.

But fans have good reason to be excited for the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, if only because the audience will finally get to see the legendary dragon Smaug in all his fiery glory. Movie goers will also get to know characters in the film better. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) was the clear focus of the first film with Gandalf (Ian McKellen) commanding attention in small bursts. But the new Hobbit will hopefully give viewers a chance to learn more about some of the other characters which are featured prominently in Tolkien’s book including the thirteen dwarves who accompany Bilbo on his journey. And of course, fans are looking forward to the new Hobbit having a quicker pace. If Jackson is adamant about his films nearing the three hour mark, he needs to also ensure that the action of the film keeps audiences from nodding off in their popcorn.