5 Fall/Christmas Movies to be Excited About

About twice a year, I’ll look up all the movies that look interesting to me and put their release dates on my calendar. I especially love when I step into a movie theater and the trailers introduced me to a film I accidentally missed, such as Exodus: Gods and Kings (see more below.)

That being said, here are the movies for which I’m most excited in the next two months:

Mockingjay: Part 1Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.52.15 PM

I’ll admit, I’m a hardcore fan of the Hunger Games movies…almost on the nerd level. What did you expect? I write dystopian! The Hunger Games is one of my biggest soapboxes. That and I’m counting on the movies to redeem some of the books for me (more on that some other time.)

I almost cried during the trailer of Mockingjay: Part 1…but it might have just been an emotional day for me. I think the movie will be powerful. I hope it will be a little more hopeful than the book. Also, Lionsgate is releasing the Insurgent trailer (the second in another dystopian film series) during the previews of the Mockingjay movie…and I’m a Divergent movie fan, too.

Comes out Nov. 21st. (Trailer)


Exodus: Gods & KingsScreen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.49.05 PM

Some of us went out and saw NOAH. I’ve heard strong reactions from both sides and I refuse to enter any sort of debate unless in person. 😀 But, I’m very optimistic about Exodus: Gods and Kings. Maybe it’s because there’s a lot more Biblical text to work with for this story than there was for Noah. No matter the reason, I will remain optimistic regarding any movie that has the potential to glorify God.

It doesn’t hurt that Christian Bale is playing Moses (despite his very non-Jewish countenance.)

Comes out Dec. 12th. (Trailer)


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesScreen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.31.21 AM

There have been a lot of negative and positive responses to the Hobbit movies. I have a weird ability to mentally separate movies from books, so I’m able to enjoy the Hobbit movies for pure entertainment value.

They’re not quite as epic as Lord of the Rings, but neither is the book. The book has a more playful quality about it, which I believe the first Hobbit movie captured. An extra plus is that hubby loves these movies and this one comes out on our anniversary!

Comes out Dec. 17th. (Trailer)


UnbrokenScreen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.46.35 AM

I’m a sucker for biographies (if you read A Time to Die, you might see a bit of that obsession in the text. [grin] ) Nothing stirs me more than real life. This movie looks inspiring and tragic.

When I see stories like this one,I wonder how I can ever complain when I live in such a comfortable life. I haven’t seen true hardship. At least, not yet. I’m not wishing hardship upon myself, but I often wonder if I’d be able to withstand it or push through the way Louis Zamperini had to.

Comes out Dec. 25th. (Trailer)


Into The WoodsScreen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.56.29 AM

Hm…a fantasy movie with amazing actors releasing two days before my birthday? Yes please!

Being a speculative-fiction enthusiast (bet you didn’t know that did you? 😉 ) this movie is a must. It’s a mixture of at least five fairytales (probably more) and looks utterly fantastic. Disney’s been hit or miss in the past few years, but they’re stepping up their hits and eliminating some of the misses, so I have hope that this movie will astound me.

Comes out Dec. 25th. (Trailer)



Have you heard of any of these movies? Which upcoming movies are you most excited about?

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About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. Of course I’m going to see the Hobbit, but I had never seen the trailer for Into The Woods. Count me in on that one too!

    As for the Hunger Games, I think I will read the books first and then watch them all back to back after the final release. Yep!

    • Yes! Into the Woods came a little out of the blue, but I can’t wait to see it. I hope it’s good. 🙂 At least I know it will be an adventure!

      Good idea with The Hunger Games. I think you’ll enjoy them more that way.

  2. Ooh, I’m looking forward to all of these! But especially Mockingjay and the Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

    I’m the same way in that I can love books and movie versions of books as two completely different things – most of the time! So I’m still a big fan of the Hobbit movies.

    • Two excellent choices. 😀 Movies are just like an extra extension of books, in my opinion. Almost like an extended Christmas. How can we say no to extra awesomeness! And even if the movie flops, no harm done, right? 🙂

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