Holiday Movie Season

The new Hunger Games movie is heating up the box office, Catching Fire kicked off the holiday movie season with a record breaking opening weekend for November, bringing in over $161 million at the box office.

“The Hunger Games is a very big movie obviously, and as it takes us into the actual holiday period I think we have a great line up, better than we’ve seen in years past,” said Ted Bulthaup, CEO of Hollywood Palms Cinema.

Catching Fires’ leading lady Jennifer Lawrence is keeping busy this season, also starring in David O. Russel’s latest film.

American Hustle follows a con man and his partner played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who are forced to work for a wild FBI agent played by Jeremy Renner, blurring the lines between the law and the mob.

“That one looks to be very interesting, a very Argo-esque, set in the 70s 80s type of thing. A crime story centered around con artists, and that will be very intriguing,” said Bulthaup.

Con artists seem to be the trend this year, The Wolf of Wall Street is the true story of Jordan Belfort. Teaming together two Hollywood heavyweights.

“Martin Scorsese directing Leonardo DiCaprio again, they are going to keep doing this until Scorsese gets DiCaprio his Oscar. They have the budget to keep that going and you can expect some really good attendance for that film,” said Bulthaup.

Speaking of Oscar buzz, Inside Llewyn Davis already has critics talking.

The story follows a young folk singer as he experiences the Greenwich Village folk scene of the sixties.
“That’s by the Coen brothers and it’s really in the vain with some of their other films. I think it’ll be a good cult movie and come in really solid – surprisingly solid and I feel like it could be one of those sleeper hits that really hits well,” said Bulthaup.

Fans of magic and adventure will be delighted to hear there is plenty for them to see this season, including Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

“It’s about some behind the scenes things with the making of Mary Poppins. So it’s a story within a story with drama, and goes back in time a little bit,” said Bulthaup.

Also for the adventurous, a brand new Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug

“The Hobbit is a natural, those movies always do well and you see really high attendance for them,” said Bulthaup.

Another buzzed about sequel is the long awaited Anchorman 2, but will it be worth the wait?

“The first one did real well and set the tone. There are a lot of quotes and things people pull from that movie and use in everyday life. So it has potential- its just one of those that you just don’t know until you see it,” said Bulthaup. “Is it going to be one of those that drops off like The Hangover and is just a rehash or is it going to be something really special, and you just kind of have to wait and see for that”.

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