Home for the holidays: Movies to see in theaters over winter break

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Winter break is a great time to go to the movies. It’s something to do with your family, it gives you something new to talk about and it’s an all-around decent way to spend an afternoon. There’s also the added bonus that many of the movies that may be nominated for Oscars come out during our winter break. So whether you want a family-oriented film or something a bit more artsy, here are some movies coming out over winter break.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, chances are that you already have plans to see this movie. It’s the end of the new saga, after all. Even if you just have a passing interest, it’s still worth a watch. It will be an epic science fiction experience that should bring your spirits up after finals. It’s also a good excuse to watch the rest of the Star Wars movies with your family, which is a good way to spend a few days.

“Little Women”

This movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, is an artsy period piece based on a classic novel. This movie is most likely gunning for a few Oscars. Besides all that, it should be a film filled with interesting and fleshed out female characters trying to achieve their dreams. Not only is there an all-star cast, but it should also be a feel-good movie that’s great for all ages. 


Another period piece that’s probably vying for some Oscars is “1917.” This movie shows World War I and the horrors it caused and is a great movie for any history buff to see. If you would like to see a war film or have a relative that’s really into the world wars, then maybe consider giving this one a watch.

“The Grudge”

Maybe you’d rather go see a movie with your friends as opposed to your entire family. If so, then why not consider this remake of a classic Japanese horror film? Since it’s a horror movie, it can be a lot of fun to watch and get spooked with friends. Whether you’re laughing at it or getting scared together, it could be a nice group activity to actually get all of you back together again.


Robert Downey Jr. talking to animals? What more could you want? If this appeals to you, if you want whimsy or if you just want to watch a child-friendly movie the weekend before you come back to stressful Berkeley, then this is a good choice. It’s also a good pick if you’re stuck babysitting and can only go see something that your 5-year-old cousins or young siblings can also watch. With luck, maybe this kids movie will speak to you in a way a serious award-nominated film can’t.

So go out there and watch some movies! It’ll break up the monotony of winter break, and it’s something you can do with your whole family or all your hometown friends. This may not be an extensive list of every movie coming out, but hopefully, it’s a good starting place. Have a good winter break and happy holidays! 

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