Great movies to see this holiday season


by Evan Sernoffsky, staff

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 7:34 AM

PORTLAND – Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s time to indulge in some cold-weather distractions. Nothing says beating the chill and rain better than catching a movie on the big screen.

The Thanksgiving weekend has already set box office records with movie-goers flocking in droves to films like “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” and the latest in the James Bond franchise: “Skyfall,” which have collectively brought in more than $115 million since Wednesday.

'Twilight,' Bond, 'Lincoln' lead record weekend

Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy has been reviewing this season’s blockbusters every Sunday morning in his segment “Mad About Movies” on KGW.

This week, Levy took a look at the film adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling book “The Life of Pi.”

“Director Ang Lee takes a fantastical novel and crafts it into a truly fantastical film, filled with color, terror, wild imagination, and moment after moment of beauty, wonder, and impossibility,” Levy says.

Last week, Levy reviewed Steven Spielberg’s newest epic “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Mad About Movies: Lincoln

“It’s an intricate, well-made and sober film, chock-full of fine touches. But it’s worth seeing alone for Daniel Day-Lewis’ astonishing work, which shines through with humor, sadness, wisdom, moral fire, and a grounded humanity,” Levy says.

“Lincoln” has brought in $34 million over the Thanksgiving weekend according to

More Mad About Movies:

Wreck-it Ralph

Cloud Atlas

Argo and Seven Psychopaths