Thanksgiving at the Theater: What to See This Weekend

By CBS News

Published 11/28 2013 11:07AM

Updated 11/28 2013 11:14AM

Frozen/courtesy Disney
CBSNews -- Thanksgiving is now upon us, in all its turkey-eating, family-gathering, Black Friday-shopping glory. And for many families, the holiday weekend almost always includes at least one trip to the movies.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly film outing or more serious fare, here's a look at what you can see if you want to pass the popcorn after feasting on turkey.

Opening this weekend:

"Frozen": Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel lend their voices to this Disney Animated Studios tale about a princess who embarks on a journey to find her older sister, the Snow Queen, whose powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.

"Philomena": A woman (Judi Dench) teams up with a journalist (Steve Coogan) to search for the son she gave birth to out of wedlock and was forced to put up for adoption 50 years ago.

"Oldboy": Spike Lee's "reinterpretation" (not remake, the director says) of the South Korean film of the same name stars Josh Brolin as a man searching to find out why he was kidnapped and held prisoner for 20 years. Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen also star.


"Black Nativity": A contemporary take on Langston Hughes' play centers on a Baltimore teenager raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) who travels to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom": Idris Elba ("The Wire," "Luther") tackles the role of Nelson Mandela in this film spanning the anti-apartheid activist’s life, from his early years to becoming president of South Africa. Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") also stars as his wife, Winnie.

Looking for other options? Films that opened on previous weekends that are still in theaters include the box office-dominating "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Vince Vaughn's comedy "Delivery Man," Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" and potential awards contenders like "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club." There’s also "Last Vegas," "The Best Man Holiday," "Ender’s Game" and many more. Check your local showtimes to see exactly what’s playing.

Tell us: Are you going to the movies this holiday weekend? What do you plan to see?

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