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With the holidays right around the corner, or pretty much here if the decked out stores are any indication, that means holiday movies are on their way too. In fact, just like all of those retailers that like to celebrate so early, a number of festive films have already been released in theaters across the country.
So what’s out now, and what can you expect in the coming weeks?
Love the Coopers, a holiday film about Christmas discontent starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms and Olive Wilde, was released on November 13. While this feel-good comedy has star power and does a decent attempt to put the audience in a holiday mood, most critics say the “magic” is just not there.
Pete Hammond of Deadline, however, is a fan. He writes, “The movie is definitely lightweight, but it has something of an edge in the writing you don’t normally see in this kind of movie. CBS Films is releasing and actually it wouldn’t be hard to imagine this on the network as part of its holiday programming. Whatever the venue, Love The Coopers is the perfect gift for the entire family, and that’s certainly not a bad thing these days.”
The Night Before, may be just the opposite, as a not-so-friendly family film starring Seth Rogen, this is R-rated Yuletide comedy with plenty of booze and drugs taking the place of good tidings and cheer. Out in theaters on November 20, The Night Before is about three lifelong buddies who are now grownups. Well, sort of anyway. They’re seeking to find the Christmas party to “end all Christmas parties,” before they embark on a new path in life as an adult with responsibilities.
The Denver Post sums it up well with its headline: “For a gross-out stoner comedy, not bad!”
Christmas Eve, which will be released on December 4, starring Patrick Stewart, John Heder and Cheryl Hines, is not so fondly thought of by critics. Noted as “holiday drivel,” it’s focused on a bunch of New Yorkers from different walks of life who are stranded on elevators on Christmas Eve, and have all sorts of revelations before being rescued.
Krampus, which also opens in theaters December 4, is ideal for those in the mood for a little holiday horror comedy. Starring Toni Collette, Adam Scott and David Koechner, the darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday: a lack of Christmas spirit unleashes an ancient pagan demon.
Of course, while it’s anything but a “holiday” film, fans are excitedly anticipating the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens as much as any gift under their Christmas tree this year. It rolls out in theaters nationwide on December 18.