Thanksgiving is a great time to see family, show gratitude for the blessings in our lives, and eat until we positively hate ourselves. It’s all of those wonderful things, but Thanksgiving is also a ticking time bomb. You know it’s only a matter of time before the toxic cocktail of wine, food and years of simmering tension boil over so what should you do? Head to the movies, of course! And here’s a list of my TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE OVER THANKSGIVING, to help you out.
5. Look, I didn’t love Wonder. In fact, I’m pretty sure that Lionsgate didn’t use my critic-quote because I called it a “Sugar coated Mask.” Wonder is a sweet story though, about a little boy with a craniofacial disorder and what happens when he starts middle school. It’s a great lesson for kids and many other grown-ups have said they loved it so…maybe I’m just a cynical old biddy who’s watched too many movies. That’s probably the case so get your tickets to Wonder HERE.
4. The trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is, without a doubt, the best thing I’ve seen all year. The movie itself doesn’t live up to those brilliant 2 minutes and 40 seconds, but it’s still pretty fantastic. There’s also something wildly cathartic about watching Frances McDormand rage through a town, cussing out and eagle punching everyone in her path. If that’s exactly what you need this Thanksgiving, get tickets to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri HERE.
3. I truly loved Thor: Ragnarok and gave it an “A” when it opened in theaters. I thought the combination of action and comedy was so infectious, it was almost therapeutic. A 65-year-old man named Bob told me I was wrong though, and said that only a “psychopath” would enjoy this movie. He also gave me a thorough dressing down, which you can read HERE, or you can just screw Bob and buy tickets to see Thor: Ragnarok HERE.
2. If I said that Lady Bird is about a mom and daughter who fight all the time, you probably wouldn’t want to see it. Thankfully, there’s a great deal of teen-angst thrown in there as well, along with some broken friendships and doomed love. That’s not what made me cry buckets of I’m-in-love-with-this-movie tears as I walked out of Lady Bird, though. It’s how director Greta Gerwig makes you feel the truest emotions of both Mom (Laurie Metcalf) and daughter (Saoirse Ronan), but still somehow makes it fun. Sigh, whatever. Just buy your tickets to see Lady Bird HERE.
1. You’ll probably take your kids to see Coco because it’s a Disney Pixar movie they’re sure to like and because you could use 1.5 hours to zone out and think about your holiday budget. YOU will end up as enthralled with this movie as they are though, and will probably need their strong arms to help your weeping, emotional, old body get out of the theater. See, Coco starts off being a GREAT Disney Pixar flick, but somewhere in the third act, it takes a poignant turn and becomes more touching than expected. The last 30 minutes of Coco make it one of my favorite films of the YEAR, but you can still say you’re seeing it for your kids. Buy tickets to Coco HERE.
Hope this helps you find the perfect holiday movie for your family! Eat up, have fun, and remember to head to the theater when things get awkward. After all, people can’t fight if they aren’t talking! Happy Thanksgiving!!!