The Cocktails and Movies Holiday Movie Outlook

by Tim Barley

Something for everyone this holiday season

Cocktails And Movies - Holiday EditionHello, cocktailers! It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything what with a European trip to experience the true “Octoberfest” experience, which turned into more of a Beerfest three day binge in Munich. We also visited an actual movie set (Spectral) and had a great time. Look for this movie in late 2015, early 2016.

It’s been a tough year for the movies studios. Year over year, box office receipts were down 15% from last year’s huge box office total. Only one studio (20th Century Fox) managed to outdo its 2013 B.O. All other major movie studios were down significantly. And we can see why: there just wasn’t much to hold audiences after the first three months of the year. There was also that pesky World Cup thing going on…

But, we enter the holiday season. It’s like second Summer for movie studios and a last ditch effort to make some bottom lines until 2015 (which looks a-mazing!). So, I took a little look ahead and wanted to share my thoughts on some movies that are slated to come out the remainder of 2014. Just a note: I am not discussing Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber, To. The first two come out this week, and well, I don’t know what to think about D&DT…

Some of these may be hard to find, and not all are “holiday centric,” but might be around when Oscar picks come out in early 2015.

– C&M –

In no particular order, but close to release date order as I can figure:

Cocktails and Movies Holiday 2014 Bhopal A Prayer for Rain Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain

Interwoven stories of people in India and US as they face dilemmas of life time in the months leading to the biggest Industrial disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. Inspired by real events. For those of us who were old enough to remember this event, it’s a good historical revisit.
(Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen)

 Rosewater Rosewater

A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison. This John Stewart’s first attempt at writing and directing, based on the memoir “Then They Came for Me” by Maziar Bahari, a friend of Stewart’s.

Hunger Games Mockingjay The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 

After Katniss Everdeen shattered the games forever, Katniss must fight against all odds and save a nation moved by her courage. Not sure this is an opening night viewing for me (don’t want to fight the hordes of tweens and teens that will storm the theaters), but having not read the books, I kind of have to see how this thing sort of ends (part 2 next year…).

Horrible Bosses 2 Horrible Bosses 2 #2

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. I loved, loved, loved the first one and can’t wait for this, and to see a non-Captain Kirk Chris Pine. Try NOT laughing at this trailer

Hobbit Battle of Five Armies The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies 

Bilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth. Witness the descent into madness of dwarf King Thorin. Not sure what I’m going to do when all the Hobbit stuff is all made into film. Someone has to find a long lost J.R.R. Tolkien novel…

The Gambler (red band trailer) The Gambler 2014

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance… (Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Jessica Lange)

308555id1i_TheJudge_FinalRated_27x40_1Sheet.indd American Sniper 

A Navy S.E.A.L. recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. A Christmas film for the NRA in all of us! (Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, directed by Clint Eastwood)


The Interview The_Interview_2014_poster

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Written and directed by Seth Rogen and longtime collabator Evan Goldberg – Superbad, Goon, The Watch, This is the End – starring Seth Rogen and James Franco)

Into the Woods Into the Woods

A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. Based on the stage musical by Steven Sondheim, and starring Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, this may be the only movie I’ve listed that might be for the whole family.

Unbroken Unbroken

A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Directed by Angelina Jolie, this real life tale of a WWII prisoner of war survivor is supposed to be very intense.


Okay, so not much for the kids. What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. And that might spell more bad news for the box office during the holidays this year. 2015 can’t come soon enough…

Next week, I’ll talk more about the dearth of Christmas movies. Where are they?