’Tis the season… for all the movie studios (and streaming giants) to clamor for cash and caché. If it’s coming out for the holiday season, you know it’s going to be a remarkable cinematic masterpiece that will tug on both your heartstrings and your purse strings. Or, a deceptively packaged tale designed to manipulate your emotions and make you abandon normal beliefs and assumptions for the holidays. Either way.
Here are the 6 holiday films you can expect to enjoy (or despise) this movie season.
Heartwarming Family Flick About a Kid Who Doesn’t Fit In and the Magical Being Who Befriends Him
Christmas means gifts, sledding, snow angels, and best of all, time away from school and its schoolyard bullies. Unfortunately, that also means more time with the family who just doesn’t understand that poor geeky kid. Why’s his head always in the clouds, anyway? This holiday season, the studios are ready to make their cash grab from every family with such a kid, who’ll inevitably beg to see the movie only to walk away feeling oddly triggered while their family leaves the theater talking about where to get ice cream.
Meet Timmy, a bespectacled social outcast who’d rather work on his science project than eat meatloaf with his vaguely sociopathic family. Every Christmas is the same — full of silly games while poor Timmy gets stuck with socks as gifts. But all that’s about to change… and Timmy is about to go on a life-changing adventure as he finds himself taking care of and somehow abducted by a new friend who’s out of this world. Witness the magic as Timmy gets revenge on his bullies and family, discovers an entire new reality yet shares it with no one, and ultimately learns powerful lessons about life… only to go back to his normal life as though nothing happened.
Oscar-Bait Period Drama About Privileged White Women
The holidays are a time when we take a moment to think of others and exercise compassion. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to watch movies about downtrodden people — as long as we have enough of a buffer to avoid feeling too much white guilt. As a bonus, it’s right before awards season, so the movie can be top-of-mind for all…