Winter is when true movies shine

Most people who know me well know I’m kind of a movie nerd. Those who know me really well know I will watch just about any movie except horror films. I hate horror films. Anyway, as a film geek, I get pretty excited for the winter months. Summer blockbusters are great. You get the action-packed films during those months.

But winter seems to be where the true actors shine.

I’m not sure if the winter months in general seem to put more specatators in seats — cold, snow and wind tend to drive people indoors — or if the season just lends itself to more serious flicks.

My family has a Thanksgiving tradition, like many others judging from the jam-packed theaters — of going to a movie the Friday after the holiday.

We typically go to an early dinner then catch a show. In past years we’ve gone to see everything from Harry Potter to Hugo in 3-D. I loved the storyline in Hugo, but hated that it was in 3-D. Maybe I’m getting old but about 20 minutes into the film I thought either my head was going to explode or I was going to vomit. Either way, not good.

Anyway, this year’s Black Friday tradition offered some good options as well.

As a fan of all of “The Hunger Games” books, I was excited for the release of the second film in the series. Though those who haven’t read the book, I’ve been told, found the first movie a little slow moving, I thought the movie was pretty true to the story and throroughly enjoyed it.

Other movies I’m excited for through the end of the year are “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” (yes, I know, I am a nerd), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and of course, “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.”

I also hope that at some point “12 Years a Slave” comes to our local theater. It has received a lot of attention and many award nods. It came out earlier in November and should be a good one.

Anyway, the selection of upcoming movies is mixed — some serious, some ridiculous and some just plain fun.

But, like I said, I’ll watch just about anything. I’ll leave the more critical commentary to the professionals and continue to enjoy my family’s post-holiday tradition.

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Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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