Christmas may be the ultimate go-to-the-movies holiday, but Thanksgiving is no slouch. In fact, the underdog holiday even has film's most famous underdog -- Rocky Balboa -- in its corner this year. There are a bunch of great movies playing in theaters over the 2015 holiday weekend to help everyone get over their Thanksgiving turkey hangovers or simply escape pesky relatives. The only question is which movie (or movies) to go to see!
There are a few big releases already in theaters heading into the holiday weekend. Blockbusters "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" and the new James Bond installment, "Spectre," premiered earlier in November. Both films have received mixed reviews, with the critical consensus being that the flashy films do not quite live up to the quality of their predecessors. However, for devoted fans of either franchise they will still certainly be can't-miss movies and what better time to catch them than the holiday weekend?
Then, there are the two biggest new releases, "Creed" and "The Good Dinosaur." "Creed" is the latest addition to the "Rocky" franchise, starring Sylvester Stallone as underdog, Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa. However, in the new film Balboa takes on the role of mentor as he trains Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his one-time rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the franchise's earlier films, for a future fight. Then, there is "The Good Dinosaur," Pixar's second release this year following the critically acclaimed "Inside Out" in June. "The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of young dino that managed to survive extinction and befriends a human boy after getting lost in a rain storm. Both films premiere in theaters Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Watch the trailer for "Creed" below:
While it may not have the franchise clout of "Rocky" or the mass appeal of Pixar, "Victor Frankenstein" is another new movie coming out this weekend. The film, which also hits theaters Wednesday, stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in a goofy take on Mary Shelley's classic "Frankenstein" legend.
Joining "Creed," "Victor Frankenstein," and "The Good Dinosaur" are a few indie films with Oscar aspirations. "Legend" stars Tom Hardy in an awards-buzz performance as both Kray brothers, identical twins who ruled the London crime underworld in the 1960s. The film hits theaters Wednesday. Then, "The Danish Girl," which stars recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as artist Einar Wegener, one of the first people to undergo a sex change operation, premieres Friday. Redmayne is, again, an Oscar front-runner for the role.
Watch the trailer for "The Good Dinosaur" below:
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