Thanksgiving Box Office Battlefield: Red Dawn, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and Rise of the Guardians

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The weekend warriors for Thanksgiving November 21, 2012 includes Red Dawn, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and Rise of the Guardians. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everyone can afford to see each one. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Breaking Dawn Part 2 almost beat New Moon’s box office record ($142 million), but came shy with only $141 million. Skyfall fell about 50% in box office ticket sales to rake in a little over $40 million while Lincoln opened wide to take in $20 million.

Can a boy and his tiger fend off against the Wolverines or will they be beaten by Santa, Jack Frost, and the Easter Bunny? Or perhaps Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence will dance over them all? This is the Box Office Battlefield:

Life of Pi Title

Life of Pi (PG) [Opens 11/21] (Directed by Ang Lee) Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Tabu

Synopsis: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.

I dig the trailer for Life of Pi, but I’m not too sure about the story. Based on just the visuals alone, this is definitely an event movie that I believe should not be missed by those who would like their eyeballs to enjoy a moment of bliss. I’ve heard this movie can become a little preachy, but so can a lot of movies. If you’re on Oscar watch, Life of Pi is right up your alley. MATINEE IT!

Red Dawn 2012 Title

Red Dawn (2012)  (PG-13) [Opens 11/21] (Directed by Dan Bradley) Starring Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, and Adrianne Palicki

Synopsis: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

The trailers do a good job conveying Red Dawn as an entertaining ride, but from what I’ve heard along the grapevine is that it is very bad. From the script to the entire premise, the whole story is just completely contrived. If you’re down with Americans rising against the Chinese North Koreans who invade US soil for no reason than you might enjoy Red Dawn. NETFLIX IT!

Rise of the Guardians Title

Rise of the Guardians (PG) [Opens 11/21] (Directed by Peter Ramsey) Starring Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Chris Pine

Synopsis: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

From the start, I felt Rise of the Guardians looked absolutely silly. But the more I came across the trailer, I felt this sense of wonder and childhood endearment. It looks like a fun time. Dreamworks can sometimes border on too much corn, so I’d be weary of that. The animation does look pretty and I really wouldn’t mind seeing the sand effects in 3D scrolling across the screen. MATINEE IT!

Silver Linings Playbook Title

Silver Linings Playbook (R) (Directed by David O. Russell) Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver

Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

I saw this movie last weekend, and I have to say, it is quite enjoyable. The chemistry between Lawrence and Cooper is wonderful. Mix in Robert De Niro on a good day and a whole slew of whacky shenanigans with an unnerving sense of unpredictability and you’ve got yourself a very refreshing movie. Silver Linings Playbook is a smorgasbord of different genres, but most importantly it is a terrific study of the human condition. Plus, it’s a decent date movie. SEE IT!

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Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column providing analysis of whether you should see, rent, or pass on movies that are about to release. All of my opinions are based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth.

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