Happy Thanksgiving weekend! You know perfectly well that this is the perfect time to catch a movie, because (a) if you don’t leave the house, you’re never going to stop eating leftovers and (b) you’ve had enough family time and it’s a great excuse to get some peace and quiet. Thankfully for you, there are all kinds of awesome movies out right now and in case you don’t believe me, you can catch the lineup after the jump.
The Movie: “Burlesque”
The Trailer: A small-town girl named Ali (Christina Aguilera) with dreams of stardom makes her way to Hollywood. When she walks into a failing burlesque club, she decides she has to get on stage and has to impress Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor.
The Hitch: I have a feeling this is going to be mediocre, but it will probably also be a helluva lot of fun. I know people are supposed to go to see Aguilera and Cher, but I’m just excited for Kristen Bell! It’s also nice to pretend that dreams still come true and maybe one day, if you put yourself out there, you can be a star.
The Movie: “Love and Other Drugs”
The Trailer: Based on the Jamie Reidy memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is a free-spirited young woman who falls for the usually sleazy Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) who’s a cutthroat pharmaceutical salesman who gets the Viagra account.
The Hitch: It’s about time Hathaway gets to play a character who doesn’t have a stick up her butt and her and Gyllenhaal look super adorable in the trailer. With the additions of lots of nudity and the cultural phenomenon that is Viagra, I think we may have a winner. Or at least we would if there wasn’t a stupid twist ending.
The Movie: “The King’s Speech”
The Trailer: England’s King George VI (Colin Firth) was given the throne after his brother Edward’s (Guy Pearce) abdication in 1936. But George has a debilitating stammer, which would get in the way of any public speaking. He seeks the aid of therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to help him find his voice. His wife (Helena Bonham Carter) helps him along the way.
The Hitch: It’s a bromance flick set in British monarchy history. Normally, period pieces have really boring trailers, but Firth and Rush really look like they’re having a grand time and enjoy each other. And it’s nice to see Helena Bonham Carter outside of Tim Burton‘s dark worlds.
The Movie: “Tangled”
The Trailer: Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is trapped in a tall tower, when bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) goes there to hide. The two find their ticket to freedom by helping each other out and, of course, they fall in love.
The Hitch: I kinda adore Mandy Moore, even more so now that she’s way off-grid with her hubby Ryan Adams. And apparently, “Chuck” actor Zachary Levi is a really great singer as well, so their duets should be fun. I’m also looking forward to a Disney princess who can sling jokes and take care of herself. This is also Disney’s 50th animated movie, which is kind of a big deal.
The Movie: “Faster”
The Trailer: Driver (Dwayne Johnson) just spent 10 years in prison and when he gets out, he wants to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched robbery which led to him getting locked up. So he goes off to kill them all while a veteran cop and a cocky hitman try to track him down.
The Hitch: I think this is about the Rock regaining his machismo after losing it as the “Tooth Fairy.” I think I’d rather see the guy on a revenge-tastic killing spree than prancing in a tutu. But I’m probably not going to watch either, to be honest … even though Billy Bob Thornton is actually really hot with a full head of hair. Who knew?
The Movie: “The Nutcracker in 3D”
The Trailer: On Christmas night, Mary’s nutcracker, or “NC,” comes to life and brings her into a magical living Christmas world. But when she realizes this world is about to be destroyed by the evil Rat King and NC gets kidnapped, she knows she has to help save him and the kingdom.
The Hitch: This looks so much scarier than any production I’ve seen of “The Nutcracker.” There’s something really sinister about the 3D nutcracker and his creepy friends. But I guess it’s cheaper than going to the ballet? And Elle Fanning is pretty adorable.