From Jennifer Lawrence's Joy to Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant – Your Guide to Movies Opening Christmas Day
Here's a handy viewing guide to all movies opening on and in theaters Christmas Day.
Ah, the holidays. A time for family, friends, food and filmgoing.
But with so many movies opening and still in theaters over the Christmas holiday, how do you decide what to see and with whom? Do you take your mom and dad to see the Jennifer Lawrence-led Joy? Will your grandparents like Will Smith‘s drama Concussion or Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell‘s comedy Daddy’s Home? Take a walk through our handy holiday movie guide to find out.
Going with: Mom, mom-in-law, eccentric aunt
See: Joy, a film inspired by the real-life story of single mother and Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence).
Post-screening conversation topics: the color of co-star Bradley Cooper’s eyes, brainstorm the next great invention.
Going with: Parents, friends who are football fanatics
See: Concussion for a terrific performance by Will Smith as forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who clashed with the NFL over his groundbreaking research on the brain trauma suffered by professional football players.
Post-screening conversation topics: Smith’s performance, how/if the NFL can prevent the rate of concussions.
Going with: Liberal-leaning aunt, family members who consider themselves cinephiles/have to see award contenders
See: The Danish Girl, based on real events surrounding one of the first sex-reassignment operations, the Golden Globe nominated film tells the story of the love between artists Lili Elbe, a transgender woman (Eddie Redmayne), and wife Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander).
Post-screening conversation topics: Does Redmayne deserve another Oscar? Vikander’s rising star and her three other 2015 films.
Going with: High school buddies who are now dads
See: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell yuk it up onscreen as competing dads in their comedy Daddy’s Home.
Post-screening conversation topics: The best movies about step parents and siblings, Wahlberg and Ferrell as a comedic duo vs. Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as a comedic duo.
Going with: Politically-inclined cousin who won’t stop talking about Bernie Sanders, any relative who actually works in finance
Post-screening conversation topics: The film’s excellent use of celebrity cameos, where to use your newly-gained stock market knowledge.
Going with: High school bros, thrill-seeking male cousins and brothers
See: The Point Break remake for the action-packed, visually-stunning footage of extreme sports like big wave surfing, wingsuit flying, rock climbing and heli-boarding, for which the film hired world class extreme sport athletes to serve as consultants and stunt doubles.
Post-screening conversation topics: Whether or not you should try wingsuit flying, how it compares to the original with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
Going with: Nieces, nephews, young siblings and cousins
See: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip or The Good Dinosaur for the family-friendly ratings, stunning animation and cute, cuddly characters.
Post-screening conversation topics: Who has to use the bathroom before you get back in the car, what you would do with a pet chipmunk or dinosaur
Going with: Your sister, sister-in-law, high school BFFs
See: Plan a ladies night out with real-life besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who play onscreen siblings and throw a raging house party in their comedy Sisters. Perfect for continuing to pretend Fey and Poehler are part of your squad AND having a happy hour pre or post viewing.
Post-screening conversation topics: How you can look as gorgeous as Fey does in the film, your developing crush on co-star Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project)
Going with: Your uncle who enjoys historical fiction, dad, lady relatives who love Chris Hemsworth
See: In the Heart of the Sea if you and your loved ones are curious about the story that inspired Moby Dick, not for gratuitous Thor-like shirtlessness. The high stakes period drama is based on Nathaniel Phillbrick’s book of the same name and not for the faint of heart.
Post-screening conversation topics: What or who you would be willing to eat to stay alive, what Hemsworth did to get so skinny
Going with: Your action movie enthusiast brother-in-law, conservative uncle
See: The Hateful Eight and/or The Revenant. Both films are star-powered, R-rated, cinematic Westerns guaranteed to spark passionate post-viewing discussion. How to decide between the two? Depends on whether you want to watch Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh raise hell onscreen in Hateful Eight or Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy duke it out in The Revenant — the latter of which is only playing in four theaters, so that should help.
Post-screening conversation topics: Kurt Russell’s impressive facial hair, Tarantino’s fondness for using the “N word,” will DiCaprio ever win an Oscar?
Going with: Your entire family
See: Star Wars: The Force Awakens There’s a reason this box office juggernaut raked in all the money opening weekend, it’s fun for the whole family and gets better with repeat viewings — a perfect catch-all for when no one can agree on what to see.
Post-screening conversation topics: Who are Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) and Finn’s (John Boyega) parents? Would you rather explore the galaxy with BB-8, R2D2 or Chewbacca?