Holiday Movie Guide 2011: 20 Movies to Watch

No. 15. A Dangerous Method

November 23, 2011 | Drama | Rated R

Two men, Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) and the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), fall under the spell of the beautiful yet unbalanced Sabina (Keira Knightley).

Why see it?
David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen have found success when working together in the past (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises), and Keira Knightley adds additional credibility. However, the movie has been receiving mixed reviews.

No. 14. We Bought a Zoo

December 23, 2011 | Drama | Rated PG

A single dad (Matt Damon) decides his family needs a a fresh start so he moves his family into a rundown zoo. He also falls in love with one of his employees, who looks a lot like Scarlett Johansson.

Why see it?
A great cast, which also includes Thomas Haden Church, complements the direction of Cameron Crowe, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky.

No. 13. Young Adult

December 9, 2011 (limited) / December 16, 2011 (wide) | Drama, Comedy | Rated R

A rough-around-the-edges writer (Charlize Theron) returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), who is now happily married. She also forms an unusual bond with a former and less popular classmate, played by Patton Oswalt.

Why see it?
Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody’s last teamed up to make Juno.

No. 12. The Artist

November 23, 2011 (limited) | Romance | Rated PG-13

This modern day silent movie is set in 1927 and follows a silent movie superstar who fears that talkies will end his career, and a beautiful young extra who eyes the new frontier as a major boon.

Why see it?
It’s a silent movie, made for modern audiences. It’s also been receiving rave reviews.

No. 11. War Horse

December 25, 2011 | Drama, War | Rated PG-13

Set during the First World War, this Steven Spielberg movie follows a horse as he moves through the war, changing owners and inspiring their lives.

Why see it?
Steven Spielberg. War movie. Oscar season. Too bad the movie is about a horse, though.

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By Erik Samdahl
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