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The 25 Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

Posted By Gary Susman on Nov 21st 2014 2:10PM
Am I the only one who finds most Christmas movies hypocritical? They spend tens of millions on lavish productions, recreating Santa's workshop or some such, all to tell us that Christmas is not about material things but about simple pleasures. It's enough to make you long for the homespun, slightly threadbare charms of a classic Christmas movie, like "Meet Me in St. Louis," released 70 years ago... read more

20 Great Holiday Movies You Can Watch on Netflix

Posted By Sharon Knolle on November 11, 2014
The holidays are almost upon us, and if you just can't wait to re-watch seasonal classics like "White Christmas" or "The Muppet Christmas Carol," they're available right now on Netflix. There are also a few Thanksgiving-themed movies you can stream, our favorite being, of course, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." There's something for almost every taste, whether you want something nice like an...

'Anchorman 2' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Will Ferrell Sequel

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on December 12, 2013
Paramount Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the kind of character who can get away saying the most ridiculous things, but you still root for him. In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 comedy fave, Burgundy and his San Diego news team -- Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) -- are hired to join the launch of...

Holiday Date Movies for Parents

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on December 12, 2013
Sony Most families go the movies at least once during the holiday season, and we fully support a big matinee outing to see "Frozen" or "Catching Fire" with the kids. But we also think you should take advantage of the fact that 2013 is one of the best movie years in recent history and put a few titles on your must-see list that aren't for the whole family. The year's final installment of Get...

'The Wolf of Wall Street': 10 Things We Learned About the Scorsese-DiCaprio Movie

Posted By Jenni Miller on December 12, 2013
Paramount Is there a better way to spend a frosty Sunday morning than breathing the rarified air of both Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? Nay, we say! Moviefone hustled to a swank hotel in Manhattan for "The Wolf of Wall Street" press conference, with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Kyle Chandler, writer Terence Winter, and producers Riza Aziz, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Joey McFarland in attendance...

Streaming Holiday Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on December 12, 2013
Getty Christmas is less than two weeks away, and while there are plenty of fabulous films to see in theaters, there are also many you can stream from the comfort of your living room – particularly if you want to see something that will make you merry and bright. So gear up the tablets, laptops, Apple TVs, Rokus, and game consoles with movies that are sure to appeal to even the Grinchiest...

Box Office: Has Madea Lost Her Mojo?

Posted By Gary Susman on December 12, 2013
Lionsgate Turns out there are no exceptions to screenwriter WIlliam Goldman's famous adage about Hollywood: "Nobody knows anything." Even the supposed Madea exception -- that any Tyler Perry movie in which he puts the name of his gun-toting granny character in the title is guaranteed an opening of at least $25 million -- is no longer a sure thing. The new "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas"...

Weekend Box Office: 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Takes No. 1 With $73.7 M

Posted By The Associated Press on December 12, 2013
Warner Bros. Tolkien tops princess power at the multiplex. Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $73.7 million. Melting down to the No. 2 position, Disney's animated tale "Frozen" earned $22.2 in its third weekend, bringing its overall domestic ticket total to $164.4 million. Lionsgate's holiday themed...

'Saving Mr. Banks' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Real-Life Disney Tale

Posted By Drew Taylor on December 12, 2013
Disney Every year there seems to be at least once Oscar bait-y movie that is about the making of another movie. Last year, we had "Argo" and, to a lesser extent, "Hitchcock," films about how the fantasy of movies intermingles all too well with the reality of our lives. The year before that it was "The Artist," which took home the Oscar for Best Picture and encouraged swaths of Middle America sit...

Holiday Giveaway: Movies On Demand Wants to Keep You Warm & Cozy With a Prize Pack!

Posted By Moviefone Staff on December 12, 2013
Getty The holidays are in the air, from the twinkling lights lining the streets to the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin in every grocery store. We know, it seems to come earlier and earlier every year. But don't be a Scrooge, just give in to that Mariah Carey Christmas song blasting everywhere you go -- you know you want to. One of the best parts of the holidays is of course cuddling up and...

'Out of the Furnace' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Christian Bale Thriller

Posted By Drew Taylor on December 12, 2013
Relativity Media Christian Bale often oscillates between two acting modes. First, there's Christian Bale the big-screen populist, who springs up in the likes of "Terminator Salvation" and the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies with cocksure swagger and something wounded underneath. Then there's Christian Bale the serious actor, who starves himself for "The Machinist" and "Rescue...

'The Wolf of Wall Street' Clip: Leonardo DiCaprio Makes How Much Money?! (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted By Kelly Woo on December 12, 2013
Paramount Greed is very good for Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street." In this exclusive clip from Martin Scorsese's latest film, based on former stockbroker Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name, a wide-eyed Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) approaches Jordan (DiCaprio) with one question: "You make a lot of money?" After all, Jordan has a gleaming new Jag sitting outside in the...

Christian Bale Gets Philosophical About 'Out of the Furnace,' 'American Hustle,' Batman

Posted By Don Kaye on December 12, 2013
Relativity Media After five years and three movies of playing arguably the definitive screen version of Batman -- with a pit stop or two along the way for weightier fare, like his Oscar-winning turn in "The Fighter" -- Christian Bale returns this month to the kind of physically and emotionally intense roles he was making a career of before he donned the cape and cowl and helped relaunch that...

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013: 'American Hustle' Nabs Top Honors

Posted By Katie Roberts on December 12, 2013
Sony The New York Film Critics Circle announced its awards slate Tuesday, and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" claimed the Best Picture prize. The film, inspired by the 1970s ABSCAM scandal, also took home Best Screenplay honors, and Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role. Other honorees include Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Best...

John Goodman on 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the Pull of the Coen Brothers, and Needing a Break

Posted By Sharon Knolle on December 12, 2013
CBS Films John Goodman has been such a staple in Coen brothers films that it's easy to forget it's been 13 years since he last appeared in one of their movies (2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"). Now he's back in a small but memorable role in their latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," in which he pops up as a colorful jazz musician who goes on an unlikely road trip with the titular aspiring folk...

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug': Smaug Revealed on Side of Air New Zealand Plane

Posted By Drew Taylor on December 12, 2013
Warner Bros. Up until now, the titular dragon in the highly anticipated sequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has been kept largely under wraps, save for a few fleeting moments in the movie's trailers and at the end of the first "Hobbit," which revealed a giant eye. Well, all that has changed thanks to an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER, which has the villainous dragon plastered on the...

Box Office: Did 'Oldboy' Even Have a Chance?

Posted By Gary Susman on December 12, 2013
FilmDistrict On paper, "Oldboy" could have been a hit -- a remake of a celebrated South Korean thriller by one of America's most talented filmmakers, Spike Lee, and starring an actor who specializes in brooding, tightly wound men of action, Josh Brolin. Not that anyone was expecting it to top the box office chart, not on a holiday weekend bound to be dominated by "The Hunger Games: Catching...

Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Repeats at No.1, 'Frozen' Impressive in Debut at No.2

Posted By The Associated Press on December 12, 2013
Lionsgate AP - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned a prodigious $75 million, while 3-D animated musical "Frozen" opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which earned $57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period. "Frozen" is now the biggest Thanksgiving wide...

The Best Disney Soundtracks of the Past 25 Years: 'Frozen,' 'Lion King,' and More (VIDEO)

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on December 12, 2013
Disney Disney's latest animated musical "Frozen" is enjoying a flurry of critical praise this holiday week, and it's partially due to the clever songs performed by Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. The tracks –- penned by husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez of "Avenue Q" and "Book of Mormon" fame and composed by Christopher Beck -- range from...

11 Disastrous Thanksgiving Movies That Will Make You Very Thankful for Your Family

Posted By Gary Susman on November 11, 2013
Paramount / Everett Collection Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" is a movie that features not just one but three Thanksgiving celebrations, all hosted by Mia Farrow's earth-mother Hannah character over three consecutive Novembers, that come off without a hitch. They're picture-perfect holiday gatherings worthy of Norman Rockwell or Martha Stewart, even though her extended family is so big...

Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Sets November Record With $161.1M

Posted By The Associated Press on November 11, 2013
Lionsgate "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened with $161.1 million at the box office, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening. The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening of $174 million for "Iron Man 3." But it did best the previous top November opening of...

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