“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens
Which of our Christmas tales will hold the highest honor at the box office this long, heartfelt holiday weekend? Will the quarrelsome but heart-of-gold “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” win the battle against frightening opponents and stiff cinematic competition while maintaining the cushiest spot on that luxurious movie throne? Might “Annie” find a family AND fortune on the big screen by day while the folks taking in a “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” locate the successful light at the end of the storytelling tunnel?
Perhaps those traveling “Into the Woods” will have their own secrets to tell, including the clues leading to the heart of those infamous fairy tale creatures. Since Christmas is a time for miracles for the celebrated and the unknown, moviegoers of all ages can expect “Big Eyes” filled with wonder (and stolen works of art) as spirits freed from tyranny (and holiday traffic) will most certainly find themselves magically “Unbroken.” “The Gambler,” meanwhile, is betting on Santa bringing him the gift of success.
Once the presents are finally exchanged, are you ready to follow that magical, unbroken trail of torn wrapping paper and tasty cookie crumbs straight to your local movie theater, where an entertaining selection of holiday treats can be found?