Top Blockbuster Movies of 2015

At the end of 2014, we knew that the movie world would be full of adrenaline in 2015. Directors of various movies haven’t failed in that aspect because I have had plenty of reasons to visit IMAX this year. Nonetheless, after much consideration, here are the top 5 movies of 2015.

2015 Movie #5: The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay
This is the final book in the hunger games series. Katniss Everdeen opposes tyranny once again but this time with a lot more vigor and zeal. She has a whole army of rebels fighting against the government and the leader of Panem, President Snow. Taking off from the previous Hunger Games movie, Katniss is back to finish what she started at the beginning of the series. Since the beginning, she has grown to become the savior everyone needs and her audience loves what she stands for. Francis Lawrence has put Katniss at a fix where she has to make some very crucial decisions. Will she save her friends like Peeta who was captured? Or will she finally liberate all the districts? Throughout the action fiction movie, she’s also stuck between what she feels for Gale and Peeta. This movie is a must watch movie of 2015.

2015 Movie #4: Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Marvel universe still doesn’t cease to surprise and please its fans. When I watched the movie in 3D, I couldn’t get enough, so I watched it four more times in 3D. Joss Whedon has made the second sequel more entertaining and even interesting than the first one by introducing new villains and heroes. Whedon manages to set the band of heroes against each other as they battle Ultron. Tony Stark, in a mission to uphold world peace, builds the greatest miscreation they later have to face. In turn, Ultron creates smaller robots in his image to complete his mission of destroying humanity. If you’re looking for some smashing and destruction with a little humor and a lot of fiction, then this is a must watch movie of 2015.

2015 Movie #3: Furious 7
All packed with emotion and action from the series of Fast and the Furious movies comes Furious 7. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) faces new threats against his family. Like we’ve known him for the past 6 sequels, he’ll do whatever it takes to eliminate anything that stands in the way of their happiness. Deck Shaw (Jason Statham), previously introduced at the very end of  Fast and Furious 6, is the villain in the movie. Remember, this is also Paul Walker’s movie since he passed away. He gets the audience at awe with his final performance and even in tears at the final scene. The music selection in the final scene is also quite emotional. There are many one to one fights between Toretto and Shaw leaving viewers amused. James Wan and Chris Morgan have managed to create a suspense-packed film with action on fast wheels. Morgan leaves us with questions like, `Does Toretto save his family? `, `Does Shaw die? `. I guess if you want to find out then you better buckle up your seatbelt and watch the movie.

2015 Movie #2: CREED
If you enjoyed the Rocky franchise, then you’ll love CREED. Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa. However, this time, the movie isn’t centered on him but on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). Johnson is introduced as a foster kid that’s raised by Apollo Creed’s widow, Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad), as her own son. Johnson grows up and wants to become a fighter. He’s later trained by his father’s old adversary in the ring, Rocky Balboa, who becomes his best friend. Each of them have their own demons to fight. The movie is more than just boxing, although CREED delivers great boxing in spades. It’s incredible to watch Rocky step foot in the ring again in the movie, as a trainer this time. Rocky fights Creed twice in the movie with the second being the climax of the movie. Both not with punches, but with words and wisdom and his passion to want Johnson to succeed. This is truly a must watch for 2015.

2015 Movie #1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Finally, the movie we have been waiting for since last year is here. From the title of the movie, The Force Awakens, it implies that the force was in an inactive state but J.J. Abrams has finally revived back the Jedi film. The war between good and evil is still on in the seventh sequel of the franchise. The movie, however, is a remake of the 1997 film, Star Wars: A New Hope. Abrams has provided a new evil in the  galaxy called The First Order. This is a four-person story. They are Rey, Finn, Hann and Kylo Ren a dark side Jedi with a red light-saber. Nevertheless, to avoid being a spoiler, this is definitely 2015’s #1 must watch movie. Don’t miss out on The Force Awakens and be witness to one of J.J. Abrams greatest creations yet. Having said all that, may the force be with you.

All in all, 2015 has had some of the best movies and movie moments in history. Movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, and Straight Outta Compton have made audiences rush to the cinemas as well. However, these movies listed today have set the tone not just for 2015, but some hefty exceptions for movies coming up in 2016 as well.



Breaking Box Office Records

Star Wars-The Force Awakens is only days out of the box office starting gate, but it’s making quite an impression for many reasons. The best acting ever in a Star Wars movie! The redeemer of an entire movie franchise! Its controversial and shocking plot twists! And of course, the fact that only days out of that starting gate, reports are indicating that it is shattering previous box office records and is poised to be the biggest movie of all time.

Okay, hang on a minute, here! After all, this movie has indeed just come out. Given that fact and the fact that new movies come out all the time, surely it’s possible that another new movie could steal the crown? And where do the figures come from that enable a movie to be proclaimed “Biggest Ever” and is it possible to calculate the type of movie that can achieve this level?

Figures on the earnings of any movie are determined by what is known as box office records. It refers to the money earned by a particular film while it is in release, or playing in theaters. These records are usually compiled by theater chains or regions, which generally amounts to the same thing. While movie markets worldwide now use the term, it originated as did the film industry, in the United States.

And it needs to be noted that there is not just one box office record to break. The Force Awakens, for example, has certainly set box office records for “Best Three Day Opening”. But this film has to still earn many hundreds of millions of dollars to unseat the current biggest movie ever, 2009’s Avatar. Other “mini” box office records a film can break to get into record books include “Best One Day Opening”, “Best Holiday Weekend Opening”, and more.

Are there any secrets to predicting box office mega hits in advance? The film itself is its main selling point, but there are factors that can help to predict successes.

Timing
One simply can’t point to a certain year and say, “2018 is going to be the year of the blockbuster” based on the year itself. But if one knows that a lot of potentially big and popular films are coming up, then they can do so. The time of year in which a film is released can affect its box office prospects, as can major events, both historic and natural. A lot of these elements factored into making 1939 what’s still considered to be cinema’s best year ever, both in quality of films and in box office figures, like Gone With The Wind and The Wizard Of Oz.

Genre
A very variable field, often affected by culture, beginning in 1975, many critics feel that cinema saw a general “dumbing down” with movies like Jaws and 1977’s original Star Wars, with broad plots and an emphasis on special effects and action. While popular actors once could propel a film into box office heaven, that trend has changed, and box office success is now often guided by franchises, like superhero movies.

With a coveted holiday opening slot, a wildly successful pre-existing franchise, and delayed international records yet to be tallied, while box office competition is always on the horizon, it would seem as though the Force is with this latest Star Wars offering.



Top 3 Hollywood Family Dynasties of All-Time

Over the last few decades in Hollywood there have been many family dynasties in the acting world. Some remain relevant for just a short time while other Hollywood dynasties remain popular, generation after generation. Three of the top Hollywood family dynasties are The Sheens, The Wahlbergs, and The Barrymores. Each of these families have set high standards in the world of acting and movie making. They have starred in countless films, directed some of the top movies of all time and even created a little controversy off screen. Each of these families have helped to mold what Hollywood is today.

The Sheens

The Sheen family is one of the most popular families in Hollywood history. The Sheen dynasty began with the patriarch of the family Martin Sheen also known legally as Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez. He began his acting career back in 1967 when he played the part of Artie in the film The Incident. He has since acted and starred in over 60 movies. He has also had a part in over 20 documentaries and more than 20 television shows. Some of his most poplar movies to date include Apocalypse Now, The Dead Zone and the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Martin Sheen is just one of the many Hollywood legends that came from the Sheen family. Emilio Estevez his son, is also one of the top actors of the last few decades. He started his acting career in 1979 when he played a small role in Apocalypse Now. He has since went on to have a role in over 30 movies and shows and has been nominated for more than a dozen awards. Some of his most popular films include St. Elmo’s Fire, Young Guns and The Mighty Ducks. Another popular Sheen actor and son to Martin Sheen is Charlie Sheen. Charlie has been one of the most controversial actors of the last few decades. He began his acting career with a very small part in the 1973 film Badlands. Since then he has went on to act in more than 60 films and over 15 television shows. His most popular role of all time was probably the 8 years he spent as the lead character on the television show Two and a Half Men.

The Wahlbergs

The Wahlbergs are a family that grew up in a rough neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Although many of them started their careers as singers and dancers they have certainly set a name for themselves in television and film history. Mark Wahlberg is the youngest of the family and began his career in Hollywood at just 13 years old. He was a member of his brothers music group before moving on to form his own Hip Hop group called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. After pursuing music as well as modeling for many years he went on to star in film and television. Some of his most popular movies to date include Renaissance Man, Invincible and Lone Survivor. Another one of the most popular Wahlbergs is Donnie Wahlberg. Donnie started his Hollywood career out as a member of the very popular group New Kids On The Block. For years he sang, danced and toured his way into many young peoples hearts. After his music career started to dwindled Donnie went on to play a small yet popular role in the film The Sixth Sense. Ever since then he has become one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. His most popular acting jobs to date include his time on Band of Brothers, Saw II and Blue Bloods.

The Barrymores

The Barrymores have been a staple in American Hollywood history for over 100 years. The family first became famous when John Barrymore, grandfather of Drew Barrymore starred in his first acting gig way back in 1903. He played many small parts from 1903 until 1913 when he then went on to star in bigger roles. He continued acting for well over 30 years before his career started winding down before his death in 1942. Some of his most popular films include Arsène Lupin and A Bill of Divorcement. John Drew Barrymore Jr. son to John Barrymore also found the acting bug quite early in life. He began starring in movies and television when he was just 17 years old. Some of his most popular films and shows include Rawhide, The Trojan Horse and The Clones. John Drew Barrymore was the father of the very popular actress Drew Barrymore. Drew began her acting career in 1980 with a role in Altered States. She was just 5 years old at the time. She has since been labeled one of the best and most influential actresses of all time. She is most known for roles in E.T as little Gertie, her role in Poison Ivy as Ivy and her role in Never Been Kissed which she not only starred in but was also the executive producer of. Some of her other most popular films include Charlies Angels, Donnie Darko and 50 First Dates.

The Sheens, Wahlbergs and Barrymores are just three of the most popular families in television and movie history. Their careers span many decades and involve many different family members. They have starred, acted, produced and directed hundreds and hundreds of films and shows in their lifetime. They will forever be apart of Hollywood royalty.



We Do Our Own Stunts

Stunt doubles have always had a very important, if practical and non-glamorous job in movies. It’s the job of these highly skilled stuntmen to take the lead on scenes that have been deemed too dangerous for the regular cast. However, much to the dismay of many directors and their insurance companies, not all leading actors are willing to leave doing these death defying stunts to others, and will simply train themselves in order to be able to preform most, if not all of their own stunts. Although it might be hard to imagine many of the high strung performers doing their own stunts, there are a variety of them throughout cinematic history who’ve insisted that they do their own stunts.

Not surprisingly, one of the pioneers of the silver screen was also quite famous for performing all of his own stunts. Although Buster Keaton starred in black and white silent films, he’s still a famous daredevil among movie enthusiasts. Keaton is well-known for performing incredible, groundbreaking stunts that shocked the audiences of his time. His stunt work kept him falling off of trains, cliffs, and even coming within inches of being flattened by a two ton wall.

Actors like Buster Keaton paved the way for other stars to do their own stunt work. Jackie Chan is especially well-known for his skills in martial arts as well as doing all of his own stunts. It has even gotten to the point where it’s simply expected of him. However, he doesn’t come out of these stunts as unscathed as his characters often due and has the broken bones to prove it.

As a rebellious smuggler in Star Wars and the adventurous archaeologist, Indiana Jones, it ‘s almost impossible to think that Harrison Ford wouldn’t do at least some of his own stunts. The actor has done a variety of different stunts including dangling from a helicopter.

These are just some of the movie stars who’re breaking stereotypes as they perform their own stunts. It’s this type of dedication that makes movies even more great for the audience to watch.



Lights. Camera. Extras.

Making a city come to life is always a challenge. Finding the right mix of people to occupy the streets, a shopping center, or perhaps a lobby scene is harder than you think. Extras aren’t just part of the background. They’re the life of the scene, the part that makes the world seem real. Imagine a screaming crowd running from danger. The way they scream and run can really impact the movie.

In the early days of film, scenes were done in the desired location. They’d be run on a screen behind the movie stars in a studio. The same film could be used over and over. While it saved money, it lacked realism. Having real people walking around gives the movie the feel of a real place. The audience is pulled into the story. To have your star standing in the middle of a crowd, you need a crowd. This is where movie extras help create the authenticity that elevates a movie from a mere story to an impact experience.

In order for the producers to control a film situation, they must control all parts of it. The people walking around on the street might not seem important, but if they’re not behaving in a natural manner, the scene no longer feels real. The millions of extras that work in movies, actors or actresses not yet famous, breath life into the world the film maker is creating. Today’s audience demands that the world they travel to be as real as the one they live in everyday. Even if every other part of  it is fake, they want to see real people walking around.

Sometimes a film maker will use a filmed location with a few extras in front. Like if the stars are on stage at a concert, or in a big arena. But they still need warm bodies in the front rows dancing and cheering. The people in front need to look like they belong there. If they’re dressed in a manner that’s out of place or out of fashion, they’ll suddenly jump from the background and steal the scene. They need to remain in the background. More than props, but less than characters, important in their own way. There basically needs to be a proper balance between the two.

Movie goers today demand to be transported to another place. They want to submerge themselves into the world before them. Feel the fear, the pain, or joy of the characters. Whether it’s a galaxy far away, a famous city, or world only dreamed of, it must feel real. Movie extras bring to life the places we visit through the magic of cinema. They help flesh out a world that would otherwise be flat and less believable. Without them, movies would be just stories, they make them an experience.



The Challenges of a Successful Christmas Horror Movie

Horror movies are a genre that can get overlooked many times, especially at the box office. The trouble with horror movies are the fact that not everyone’s into getting scared when they watch a movie, especially in theaters. Christmas horror movies are particularly hard for a number of different reasons. When looking at the different aspects of successful Christmas movies, there are many key elements that horror movies lack as a genre in general. Christmas horror movies have historically not done very well at the box office and it’s easy to see why when you look at a few different reasons.

The first and most obvious reason to most is the fact that not many people are looking for the types of emotions that horror movies give them during the holiday seasons. Most are looking for warm and loving feelings when it comes to the holiday times. They basically want to feel joy, love, and happiness. Christmas is a very happy time for most individuals where they’re looking to feel a joy that they aren’t used to feeling most months out of the year. Moviegoers aren’t looking to be jarred during their Christmas movie outings.

Horror movies are lacking many of the elements of successful Christmas movies as well. Christmas movies are usually based around family times . Horror movies rarely focus around families and even if they do, these aren’t happy family times. Presents under the tree, elfs, and Santa are usually key in a Christmas movie as well. These are all things the Christmas horror movies are usually lacking as well. It’s easy to say that successful Christmas movies usually follow a certain type of formula, but Christmas movies don’t follow this formula.

One thing that can also be lacking in Christmas horror movies is A list actors. Many families want to know they are going to a great movie when they are investing their precious family time to go see a movie in theaters. A list actors usually can guarantee at least a certain level of enjoyment when going to see a movie. Horror movies many times lack these A-list actors, so it’s  more of a gamble to go see a horror movie and know if it’s good. During the off-season, it’d be more likely for someone to take a gamble on seeing a movie like that, but during Christmas, people wanna have that instant enjoyment.



Top 5 Music Artists/Movie Stars of All-Time

There are so many influential musicians and actors. However, the ones who’ve conquered both roles (and then some) should be the first to go down in history!

Music Artists/Movie Star #5: Elvis Presley

The 50’s were instantly changed when Elvis Presley introduced Rock ‘N’ Roll, along with his provocative gyrating hips and stunning good looks! In 1956, he won the hearts of all with his first #1 hit “Heartbreak Hotel”, as well as beginning his film career with Paramount Pictures. The King’s first movie, “Love Me Tender” was an instant hit. His careers were intertwined as he’d often times record the soundtracks to the movies he would be acting in. The first to do that by the way. His film career includes: ‘Blue Hawaii’, ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’. Elvis had become a master of mixing his musical and film careers. Long live the ‘King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’!

Music Artists/Movie Star #4: Frank Sinatra

Inspired by Bing Cosby, Frank Sinatra began his singing career as a teenager and was often referred to as “The Sultan of Swoon”. He had a punctured eardrum and while this made him unfit for the military, his talent never suffered. During his solo career, Sinatra charted 17 different Top 10 singles between 1943 and 1946. His film career began in ’43 as well when he performed in ‘Higher and Higher’. His film and solo music career continued to blossom as he won an Oscar for From Here to Eternity and received a new recording contract with Capitol Records. His legacy lives on and continues to inspire the actors and musicians of today. Jim Morrison said it best, “No one can touch him.”

Music Artists/Movie Star #3: Queen Latifah

As an American rapper, record producer, and actress, Queen Latifah is one of the most successful women of our time. She began as a human beat box for the rap group Ladies Fresh. She was also the first female MC to ever go gold and did so with her album “Black Reign”. After investing some money in a video store she lived above, Latifah looked into record producing. She jumped into the acting world in the 90’s with Jungle Fever. However, her acting career was cemented by her performance in Chicago, starring alongside Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. Latifah has become a woman to be idolized and admired by conquering these industries.

Music Artists/Movie Star #2: Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake first appeared on the show Star Search in 1983. He later joined Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and J.C. Chasez on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. Justin joined NSYNC at the age of 14 alongside Chasez. However, it was not to last because in 2002, Justin released his first solo album, Justified. Having already made a name for himself as a musician, Timberlake needed more. He was an instant crowd favorite when he finally jumped into the acting world. He starred in movies such as ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’. Justin may have started his career at a young age, but he has become one of the most beloved solo artists and actors of our time.

Music Artists/Movie Star #1: Will Smith

Will Smith also began his career at a young age. Smith grew up in middle class Philadelphia, PA and earned the nickname “Prince” because of his charm. He decided to pursue a career in the music industry and began performing in a duo with Jeffrey Townes, a.k.a D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. When Smith was near-bankruptcy, he met Benny Medina who was inspired by Smith’s upbringing and saw an opportunity for a sitcom. Medina decided to have Smith play himself in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith co-wrote and performed the song The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that opened the show. The sitcom lasted six years and was a huge success for Smith. He continued his acting career in movies such as Bad Boys, Men in Black and Independence Day. Will Smith began as a middle class boy from Philly and grew into a multi-award winning Hollywood movie star and multi-platinum artist.

Each celebrity has endured different beginning to their story as well as a similar end. They burst onto the scene in one industry or another and became conquerors of many others. Their influence spans generations past, present and future!



Movie Lines That’re Popular to this Day

There have been so many influential films throughout the years that it’d be almost impossible to name them all. Since what makes a movie special is different for everybody,  and for that reason, it;s difficult to say what that one thing is in every case. One factor that sticks out the most are the lines delivered so perfectly that they just stay with you.

Movie lines can have such staying power that they become synonymous with pop-culture. Let’s go back and look at some of the most popular lines that just won’t die. These are the ones that have a place in everyone’s heart, even if they don’t care for the movie itself.

Who could forget the first time the ‘Terminator’ himself looked the guard in the face and delivered the amazing one liner, “I’ll be back.”? This was a defining moment in the first movie and in pop-culture in general. Honestly, how many times do you think you’ve heard this line delivered? Chances are, if you’re like me, it’s too many to count. The same could be said for the line from the second film, again from the T-man himself, “Hasta la vista, baby.” It just sticks with you. One for the ages, again.

One of my personal favorite lines ever delivered on screen was in the film ‘Die Hard‘, when Bruce Willis, a.k.a. John Mclane, is talking with Hans Gruber over the walkie talkie of a freshly murdered henchman and say the timeless, “Yippie kiyay mutherf*#!ker.” This is a truly unforgettable moment in the film and a great one in the action movie genre. The look on Gruber’s face is classic and from that moment on, you knew that you were in for a different kind of action movie. The Die Hard series of films specifically, are the reason for numerous pop-culture references. This one however, sticks with fans the most.

Another one of the greatest and most iconic movie lines goes back quite a bit further. When Marlin Brando from film ‘The Godfather‘ delivers the now classic, ” We’re gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” it cemented that line into the consciousness of movie-goers worldwide and has been repeated probably more than any other line in film history. This one line is a large reason that the film is still popular to this day. It’s truly one of the most iconic ones ever produced from Hollywood and this line just helps it maintain it’s relevance in pop-culture.

Who could forget the first time that they heard the words, “Bond, James Bond.”, or how about “Shaken, not stirred.”? Priceless movie one liners that not only help define the coolness that’s James Bond, but have become a staple of the franchise, regardless of who the leading role of 007 is. These are probably in close competition with The Godfather in the -times quoted- category. A Bond flick would just not be the same without the delivery of these lines at least once per film.

The fans demand it and the writers know it. We love our one-liners.



Top 3 Martin Scorsese Films of All-Time

In the world of acting and directing, not many names standout nearly as much as that of Martin Scorsese. Whether you’re a fan of his great acting skills or a fan of the many # 1 films he has directed or produced, it’s easy to see why so many movie goers love him. He began his love of acting and directing over 40 years ago as a young college student with a passion of all things film. Over the last 4 decades, Scorsese has had one of the most influential and successful film careers of all-time.

With that said, below are just three of the most popular films he has either acted in or directed.

Scorsese Movie #3: Taxi Driver

In 1976, Martin Scorsese directed the dark film about an insomniac with a weird personality. Hailed as one of the best films of all-time, it’s probably Martin Scorsese most notable one. After deciding to become a Taxi Driver to help cope with his extreme insomnia, Robert De Niro, known as Travis in the film, comes in to contact with people from all walks of life. When he falls for a beautiful woman on a political campaign, he decides his life mission’s to make the streets of New York a safer place. He begins training and learning how to defend himself and the city. In the mean time, Travis meets a young prostitute and decides he’ll do whatever he can to get her out of the prostitution world. Through a series of fights, let-downs and hitting rock bottom, Travis finally succeeds in getting the young girl out of prostitution. With its sinister tales and a long list of amazing actors and actresses, it’s easy to see why ‘Taxi Driver’ is still one of the most popular movies almost 40 years after it was first released.

Scorsese Movie #2: Goodfellas

In 1990, Scorsese directed another one of the most popular films ‘Goodfellas’, a gangster movie that has been nominated for 6 academy awards. The cast includes some of the biggest names in film including Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone. The movie follows a young boy who grows up in the mob lifestyle. Determined to rise through the ranks of the gangster lifestyle he works very hard to prove he is as tough, as smart an as ruthless as any other gangster. Along the way, he gains tons of luxury items and money yet all at the expense of drugs, murder and other horrific crimes. As the story continues, the young man’s life starts to unravel and he soon finds himself in a series of bad mistakes and a bad drug problem. Based around the book named ‘WiseGuy’, the movie ‘Goodfellas’ shows an in-depth look at the world gangsters live and deal in.

Scorsese Movie #1: Gangs Of New York

One of his best films since ‘Goodfellas’, in 2002 Scorsese directed the epic film ‘Gangs of New York’. The movie is set in the late 1800’s and follows the story of a young man trying to vindicate his father’s death. Lead character Amsterdam, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, travels back to New York which’s filled with ruthless gangs. In an effort to find the man responsible for his fathers death, Amsterdam must live, play and work with the gangsters in an effort to get to the big boss responsible for his father’s murder. The movie takes viewers on a journey of revenge in which you wonder if the lead character will suffer the same fate as his father in the gang ridden streets of NY. Aside from directing the movie, Scorsese played a very small unaccredited part in the film as well.

These are just three of the most popular movies Scorsese has directed or acted in. As mentioned earlier, his movie career spans over 4 decades, so he has dozens and dozens of films. He has also been nominated for many different awards including Academy Awards as well as an Oscar. He has been honored and celebrated not only for his brilliant directing and acting but also for his producing and screenwriting. With many projects in the works for 2016 and beyond, Scorsese shows no signs of slowing down in the film world.



Top Upcoming Movie Picks for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends and good times. It’s a day that should be remembered long after it’s over. A good movie is a perfect way to end a day of feasting, shopping, and family fun, and can make your Thanksgiving Day one to remember. Sometimes finding the perfect movie, especially on a day like Thanksgiving, can be a challenge.

With that said, below are the top picks for movies to see this Thanksgiving Day, to make your holiday a little easier.

Thanksgiving Day Movie Pick #3: Creed

This isn’t just another Rocky movie, and it may be just what die-hard Rocky fans have been waiting for. This is the latest installment of the Rocky series starring Sylvester Stallone, playing the legendary Rocky Balboa himself and Michael B. Jordan, playing the son of Apollo Creed. Rocky isn’t stepping into the ring in this movie, he’s coaching Apollo’s son, Adonis Creed, who’s haunted by his father’s death. The movie’s filled with lots of hard-hitting action that’s sure to keep Rocky fans on their feet.

Thanksgiving Day Movie Pick #2: The Peanuts Movie

This is a film that everyone can enjoy without having to worry about the kids seeing too much violence, inappropriate actions or hearing bad language. It’s for the young and the young at heart. Though most young people won’t grasp much of what Peanuts is all about as far as its history goes, they’ll still be able to relate to this timeless story of first crushes and ethical dilemmas. The Peanuts Movie is a refreshing change to the typical evil villains and destruction of Earth stories that’re common in today’s movies. This G-rated film can be fun for the entire family.

Thanksgiving Day Movie Pick #1: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The last movie pick for Thanksgiving Day and it’s the last movie in The Hunger Games series, and probably the best. This movie is great for teens and adults who’re fans of the previous movies and books. Mockingjay Part 2 is a story of war and rebellion filled with roller-coaster action scenes and emotional twist and turns. The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2 is sure to make this a Thanksgiving at the box office, one to remember.

These are just a few of the movies that will be in theaters this Thanksgiving, but they’re definitely worth watching. Long after the turkey is gone and the shopping’s over, spending time reliving the best parts of a good movie are timeless Thanksgiving memories that’re not easily forgotten.