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The Geek’s Holiday Movie Guide

It’s that time of year, when some of the best films are released to the cinemas just in time for the Holiday rush and awards season. But while many will be talking about the edgy foreign films or the cutesy Christmas movies that are supposed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, there’s a good chance that you, dear reader, aren’t interested in any of them. Because let’s face it; if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a geek. So rejoice, my fellow nerds; while you’re trying to slip out unnoticed from Grandpa’s awkward childhood memories or trying to avoid the embrace of your drunken aunt, you’ve always got the movies to escape to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the movies for those of us who don’t care how many fancy words are shoehorned into a title:

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Meant to serve as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is the story behind Bilbo Baggins, the eccentric relative of Frodo and the first hobbit to swipe the ring out from under Gollum’s creepy nose.

It’s the first of a three-part series that follows the exploits of Bilbo, Gandalf, and thirteen dwarves who seek to take back the stronghold of The Lonely Mountain, taken from them by the evil dragon Smaug. Along the way to the Lonely Mountain, the group encounters many characters and dangerous misadventures, all while returning to the same beautiful and mystical world that is Middle Earth.

Peter Jackson has taken the director’s seat in the film, alongside the returning Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey and Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Look for the Hobbit on December 14th.

WRECK-IT RALPH

Ralph is the gargantuan villain of Fix-it Felix, a popular retro arcade game where Ralph serves as the antagonist to Felix’s protagonist, smashing up a building for Felix to fix. But Ralph’s caught in an odd conundrum; he doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore. In fact, despite his tough exterior, Ralph’s got a heart of gold and longs for the acceptance of the other characters in his game. Because of this, he sets out on a mission to find a place where he can be appreciated and can be the good guy for once.

Filled with numerous nods to video games old and new, Wreck-It Ralph is the charming new film from Disney that appeals to kids and adults alike. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman team up to deliver a fantasic performance in a film worth its weight in quarters.

For a review of Wreck-It Ralph, click here.

SKYFALL

Daniel Craig returns as 007 in Skyfall, marking the 50th anneversary of Bond films.

Bond isn’t what he used to be in Skyfall, and bad luck leads those around him to start questioning whether or not he’s really fit for duty in MI6. But when M’s past comes back to haunt her in the form of a cyber terrorist, 007 returns to the field to expose the villain and settle things the only way Bond can.

For a complete review of Skyfall, click here.

DJANGO UNCHAINED

The newest from director Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave turned bounty hunter searching for his wife, all while hunting down a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. The film comes with Tarantino’s distinct humor and social commentary, providing us with a unique take on history as only Tarantino can deliver. Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson star alongside Foxx

Django Unchained releases December 25th.

MONSTERS INC. 3D

Oh, come on…try and tell me you don’t want to see this. One of the best Pixar films of all time, re-released so Mike’s eye pops out at you even more? Monster’s Inc. is a film that appeals to all ages and is a fun way to spend time in the theatre, even if it is a re-release.

Look for it on December 19th.

RED DAWN

Red Dawn stars Thor’s Chris Hemsworth in a remake of the 1984 original action film where America has been invaded by its enemies, leaving a group of patriotic young adults fighting for freedom and family.

Sure, it’s the remake nobody asked for, but what could be better than more Red Dawn?

Red Dawn releases on November 21st.

Which movies are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments below!