While we lost some great movies at the end of the November (good-bye, Dirty Dancing and An Officer and a Gentleman), there are some fantastic recent releases to make up for it. Check out our top picks for what you should add to your watch list.
A Knight’s Tale (2001) – Available Dec. 1
While we do still find it hard to watch Heath Ledger on film, you can start where the love all began by watching A Knight’s Tale. It’s the story of a man born in poverty whose father makes the ultimate sacrifice for him to become a knight—something only nobility can do. When life gives him an opening to realize his dream and he finds love, there’s a lot to lose if the truth comes out. Ledger does an excellent job as the lead, but the great supporting cast is what makes the movie special. There’s also a pretty awesome dance scene.
Almost Famous (2000) – Available Dec. 1
We spent our teen years studying for tests and trying not to embarrass ourselves in front of our crush, but writer Cameron Crowe spent his hanging out with bands as a writer for Rolling Stone. He used his experiences on the road as the basis for this coming-of-age movie. Starring a young Kate Hudson in one of her best performances, this movie not only shows the ups and downs of life on the road but also the ups and downs of life as a teen. That’s right, it’s even hard when you’re not living under your parent’s rules.
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) – Available Dec. 1
You’ll probably remember this from the days when you used to watch Disney Channel and ABC Family (back when it was the Family Channel) every weekend. When Phyllis’ husband decides to separate from her because he thinks she’s become self-absorbed, she decides to prove him wrong by becoming the den mother for her daughter’s Wilderness Girls troop. When a rival den mother makes things hard the girls, Phyllis commits herself to making their troop the best in Beverly Hills. Indie music fans may recognize a young Jenny Lewis.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) – Available Dec. 6
Ron Burgundy’s big comeback is full of laughs and celebrity cameos. After bombing in his career and marriage, Burgundy is given a second chance at a 24-hour news network. His rise to fame is not only funny but also indicative of the what the news has become. Of course, it’s a lot more ridiculous in the Anchorman world.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) – Available Dec. 22
Odds are, your life is not how you imagined it would be when you were in high school. (That’s mostly because all your dreams were insanely unrealistic.) When best friends Romy and Michelle decide to attend their high school reunion, they make a plan to pretend to be more successful. But trouble on the trip there, which is good for laughs, threatens the future of their friendship.
Other New Releases:
American Beauty (1999)
Out of Time (2003)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
American Horror Story: Coven
Ava & Lala (2014)
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 3)
I Am Ali (2014)
Drive Hard (2014)
A Haunted House 2 (2014)
The Village (2004)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Broadchurch (Season 1)
Marco Polo (Season 1)
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)