With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday movie season is unofficially underway. This week, Dive staff writers highlight eight films sure to make waves this holiday season.
Princess Anna of Arendelle (Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) to save their kingdom from an eternal winter. The leader of this frozen madness is the Snow Queen, Elsa (Idina Menzel), who also happens to be Anna’s sister. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf go on a whirlwind adventure and battle magical creatures and crazy weather to put a stop to her sister’s madness. “Frozen” is the latest Disney film that is the perfect holiday treat for all ages. — Avery Thompson
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
The second movie in the Hobbit trilogy continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions on their quest to defeat the dragon Smaug and reclaim stolen treasure. Along the way, they encounter elves portrayed by Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly. Meanwhile, wizard Gandolf (Ian McKellen) seeks to find the true identity of the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. — Natalie Carney
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jordan Belfort as he becomes a wealthy stockbroker, living the life of luxury. The Martin Scorsese film promises an excess of extravagance as Belfort’s not-so-legal activities border on obscene. With a cast including DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, what else could you possibly need for Christmas? — Lizzie Goodell
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
The latest from the Coen brothers follows a week in the life of struggling folk singer, Llewyn Davis. Starring Oscar Isaac alongside Carey Mulligan and John Goodman, this film pays homage to the New York City folk scene of the 1960s. The comedy-drama won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and actor Isaac is already getting award attention for his leading role. — Natalie Carney