With so many movies being released throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track. To help, check out our preview of the movies that are opening this weekend:
“Black Nativity”: Adapted from Langston Hughes’s play, this Christmas musical tells the story of a young boy named Langston, who is sent by his mother (Jennifer Hudson) to spend the holidays with his estranged grandparents, played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. According to the official release, as Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Rated PG.
“Frozen”: Disney’s new sure-to-be-a-classic follows the story of Anna (Kristen Bell) who attempts to track down her sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose actions around her coronation turned their land into an eternal winter wonderland. Joining her are a boy named Kristoff and a goofy snowman. The film not only marks the first Disney animated musical in a few years, but it’s already said to be giving “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” a run for its money at the box office. Rated PG.
“Oldboy”: Josh Brolin stars in this thriller as an ad ex who is held captive for more than 20 decades. Upon his release, he “embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and “New Girl” actress Hannah Simone also star. Rated R.
“Philomena”: According to the official release, the film follows a political journalist (Steve Coogan) who “picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.” Judi Dench is already sparking Oscar buzz for her role in the film, which also stars Mare Winningham and “Game of Thrones” star Michelle Fairley. Rated R.
"Homefront": Statham plays an ex-DEA agent whose fighting skills come in handy when he must defend his daughter (newcomer Izabela Vidovic) from a local crime boss named Gator (James Franco). The film also stars Winona Ryder as a former biker and Kate Bosworth (“Straw Dogs”) as the troubled sister of Franco’s character. This film is rated R.