Christmas Movies

Oh Christmas. I adore all of your ornaments, cookies, glitz, and glamour, but there's one other thing you bring me year after year that's always fabulous: movies. In my household, it's tradition to hit up the movies in the afternoon Christmas Day, and tomorrow will be no exception. The lineup this year, including Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and Parental Guidance, isn't making choosing just one to see all that easy.

Lucky for all of you, I'm breaking it all down. The movies, who you should see them with, and what the critics are saying all in one place. Check out our Christmas 2012 movie guide, here:

Django Unchained

Rated: R
See it with: Your adventure loving friends
Directed by Quentin Tarantino and set in the South, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a slave on a mission to find and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of an infamous plantation.

Rex Reed from the New York Observer calls it "Bold, original, mesmerizing, stylish and one hell of a piece of entertainment."

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone says it's "an exhilarating rush, outrageously entertaining and, hell, just plain outrageous."

Les Misérables


Rated: PG-13
See it with: Your girlfriends
Starring Anne Hathaway, the world's longest-running musical comes to life on the big screen telling an awesome story of unrequited love, broken dreams, and a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Our own Jill Baughman says in her review that "this version could perhaps pave the way for a whole new generation to fall in love with Les Mis."

Christy Lemire of the Associated Press calls Les Mis "Relentlessly driven ... It simply will not let up until you've felt something — powerfully and repeatedly — until you've touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own."

Parental Guidance


Rated: PG
See it with: Your kids
Parental Guidance stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as two loving grandparents and the hilarity that ensues when they agree to babysit their three grandkids so their parents can go away for the weekend.

Michael Rechtshaffen from The Hollywood Reporter says "The end result should appeal to audiences, including bonding grandparents and grandkids, looking for a little undemanding holiday cheer."

Scott Bowles from USA Today says "Guidance has the requisite physical slapstick of family films, as body functions go awry and food finds every orifice but the mouth. None of this distinguishes it from, say, a Tyler Perry film."

Will you be heading to the movies this Christmas?