Harry Hamm

Hollywood views the Christmas movie season as beginning a week or two before Thanksgiving and ending on December 25. It is at this time of the year that Hollywood likes to trot out what it feels are its top candidates for Oscars and large box office receipts, particularly in the realm of more serious storylines. In recent years, the end-of-the-year movie season has been full of unrealized potential, both critically and at the box office. But in 2013, I predict we are going to witness a wonderful field of motion pictures that are not only great entertainment, but meaningful scripts too.

hobbit Christmas Movie Season Has Lots Of Promise

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In the realms of just pure entertainment and franchise films with a proven track record, movies like “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” look to be perhaps the biggest box office success. “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” will also be a popular choice, although not as successful as previous films in this series.

August poster

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The motion pictures I’m looking forward to include “August: Osage County,” a film adaptation of the award-winning stage drama with one of the best casts ever assembled for a movie, lead by Meryl Streep, who will probably get her 18th Oscar nomination; “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Directed by Martin Scorsese, which is about corruption on Wall Street and is based on a true story; “Saving Mr. Banks” a story about the author of Mary Poppins and how Walt Disney convinced her to make it into a movie – it stars Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson; And a movie I predict will be the sleeper hit of the holiday movie season for moviegoers who want a story to warm their hearts, “Philomena,” starring Judi Dench. It’s about a woman’s search for her son whom she gave up when he was born and she was just a teenager.

frozen Christmas Movie Season Has Lots Of Promise

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The most notable animated entry will be “Frozen” from Walt Disney Animation.

One word of advice. This is going to be a particularly good Christmas movie season for films of all types. So turn off the TV and go out to any of the great movies houses in St. Louis. Technical aspects and special effects capabilities of motion pictures these days are more important than ever, and seeing them come to life in a theater build to highlight all this really makes going out to a movie well worthwhile.

Save me the aisle seat, please.


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