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The 2016 Holiday Movie Season

The week of Thanksgiving saw three very different movies sail onto the big screen.

“Every holiday season brings us animated treat from Disney, and this year it’s ‘Moana,’ a spunky teenage girl who must save her people by going out on this adventure,” said Mark Mazrimas, Marketing Manager with Classic Cinemas.

If you’re looking for something with a little more firepower, try ‘Allied.’

“With Brad Pitt, as an espionage leader in 1942 World War II and then we have Marion Cotillard who is part of the French resistance. So there’s a love interest, there’s espionage, and is Marion Cotillard a double spy? We’ll have to find out what happens,” added Mazrimas.

Also out the week of Thanksgiving, ‘Bad Santa 2,’ a sequel to the 2003 film, once again starring Billy Bob Thornton.

And there’s another R-rated Christmas comedy crashing into theaters.

Mazrimas explains, “December 9 we have ‘Office Christmas Party’ opening up, and it’s a story about a CEO who happens to be closing the branch that her brother runs. So the brother decides to throw the wildest office Christmas party ever, and capture that client that they’ve been trying to get.”

Some new faces and old foes return in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’

“December 16, or if you want to be the first to see it, December 15 at 7 p.m. It shows this renegade group trying to conspire and steal the plans of this death star that’s being built,” said Mazrimas.

And an out of this world sci-fi thriller brings two stars together for the first time.

Mazrimas explains, “Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in ‘Passengers’ about a space craft taking 1,000 passengers in a sleep chamber to a distant planet, and all of sudden something happens and two of the passengers are awoken.”

And taking center stage the week of Christmas, is ‘Sing.”

“It’s about a koala bear named Buster who has to save a theater so he’s going to have greatest singing contest ever,” said Mazrimas.

A lineup sure to pack theaters.

To celebrate the holidays, Ogden 6 will be hosting a free screening of ‘The Grinch’ at 10 a.m. on December 17.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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