Spotlight

Spotlight

To remind everyone what won Best Picture last year, put in a movie that shows why the media isn’t always the monster its made out to be thanks to the advent of awful cable news. Good journalists do exactly what The Boston Globe team did to expose the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, and this story masterfully tells it in a reserved way that lets the story stand on its own without a lot of flash. Watch it now.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

If you need to show the kids in your family how good movies used to be, then you toss in this comedic fantasy adventure. Movies like this just don’t get made in Hollywood anymore, and it’s always good to pass on the love of movies that the younger kids have never heard of so we can keep them alive for decades to come. To deprive the youngest generation in your family of this movie would be inconceivable. Watch it now.

Chef

Chef

Because you want to work up that appetite for Thanksgiving dinner, watch this movie if only just for the incredible footage of delicious culinary creations by Jon Favreau’s titular character. After you watch this one, you can even make the Cuban sandwich that is at the center of this movie so you have something to eat once you run out of leftovers. Watch it now.

Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

To satisfy all the geeks in your family, put in a movie that will also make the less nerdy members of your family laugh. This movie is so ingrained in Star Trek that it might as well be canon, and the cast of characters is one of the best in sci-fi comedy. If you’re waiting to get Star Trek Beyond in your stocking, this will make a fine substitute. Watch it now.

Love Actually

Love Actually

Once you’re exhausted from Thanksgiving and need a pick-me-up to lead into December, this movie is the remedy. A massive ensemble cast of the finest actors from across the pond (and some American ones too) come together for one of the best romantic comedies of all time, and one of the best Christmas movies too. If you have The Walking Dead fans in your family, remind them that Sheriff Rick Grimes used to be a passive aggressive, stalkerish pursuer of Keira Knightly. Watch it now.

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That ought to keep you and your family distracted for the next few days. If you need to leave your house, don’t forget that a bunch of new movies are in theaters this weekend, including Disney’s Moana, Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, the raunchy sequel Bad Santa 2 and Robert Zemeckis’ spy drama Allied. You might also find Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at a nearby theaters, as well as the outstanding coming of age drama The Edge of Seventeen. Plus there are holdovers like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the stellar Arrival still around as well. There are plenty of choices at your disposal, so go enjoy a movie and have a great Thanksgiving!

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