As avid movie fans like you know, the day before Thanksgiving brings some of the best new releases of the year. After slaving in a kitchen for days, catching up with family members and stuffing yourself to the brim, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting back and catching a movie — by yourself or with the whole family. Eventful would like to give you the skinny on the hottest movies in theaters this week to help make your holiday a little less stressful.
Based on Langston Hughes’ holiday play, Black Nativity stars singer/dancer Jacob Latimore as Langston Cobbs, a young man in Baltimore. After he and his mother (Jennifer Hudson) get evicted from their apartment, she sends him to spend the holidays with his fraternal grandparents in New York City. The embittered teen clashes with his preacher grandfather (Forest Whitaker) and seeks answers from his grandmother (Angela Bassett) about his absent father. Along the way, he’ll discover why his family drifted apart and inadvertently bring them all closer together. This musical drama showcases some fine actors, and its message on the importance of family really brings home the true message of the holidays. Find showtimes for Black Nativity here.
Based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, Frozen marks the latest release by the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film stars Kristen Bell as Anna, a princess living in a kingdom plagued by a magical winter that just won’t quit. The spell was cast by Elsa (Idina Menzel) — Anna’s sister and heir to the throne — whose mystical powers have spun out of control and sent her into hiding. The evil Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk) tries to paint Elsa as an evil monster, and it’s up to Anna to find (and redeem) her sister. Along the way, she’ll receive help from a mountain man (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven, a living snowman (Josh Gad) and other quirky characters living in the kingdom. Find showtimes for Frozen here.
Jason Statham’s latest film sees the lauded action star play a character with more heart than we usually see from him. Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay based on Chuck Logan’s popular novels featuring ex-cop Phil Broker. In Homefront, Phil is a widowed ex-DEA agent who moves with his daughter to enjoy the landscape in a quiet town in Florida. Unfortunately, he chooses a town run by a vicious meth dealer named Gator (James Franco), whose sister (Kate Bosworth) sics him on the unsuspecting family. When Gator finds that Phil used to be in law enforcement, he kidnaps Phil’s daughter to try and get rid of him. What follows is signature Statham action and fighting that will blow audiences back to Halloween. Find showtimes for Homefront here.
Spike Lee’s latest picture isn’t getting a nationwide release, but it’s probably due to the intense subject matter of Oldboy. A remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film, Oldboy is the ultimate tale of bloody revenge. Lee’s film centers on Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), a real jerk of an advertising executive who is suddenly kidnapped off the streets and sealed in a hotel room. Given no reason why he is there or who is holding him, he waits an interminable twenty years until one day he awakens in a trunk in the middle of a field, wearing a suit with a cell phone in the pocket. He embarks on a mission of revenge with the help of a girl named Marie (Elizabeth Olsen), but soon finds out who has been tormenting him and that his torture isn’t over yet. If you’ve seen the original, you know that’s the least amount of info that can be given without spoiling it, but there’s no word yet on whether the final twist will be the same as the original film’s. Find showtimes for Oldboy here.