Empower Magazine’s Top 3 Holiday Movie Picks

(Last Updated On: March 20, 2015)

Photo caption: Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) has made a card for Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in Columbia Pictures’ ANNIE.

Film Still Credit:  Sony Pictures | A Columbia Pictures release | EPK.tv

Take a moment to enjoy one of Empower Magazine’s Holiday Movies to Watch picks this holiday and return to leave your personal movie review of these exciting new releases in the comment box at the bottom of this post.  Tell us your thoughts on these 2014 Holiday movie releases and let us know if they are your top picks.

Annie

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Movie poster credit: Sony Pictures

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiencesfor generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie.

The movie is modern telling of a classic story hat captures the magic of the original show and characters that won seven Tony Awards. Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’ is also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014.

Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since
with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything is about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he is her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sunwill-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

The film is directed by Will Gluck and the main cast features Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhane’ Wallis, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. The film was produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Caleeb Pinkett, James Lassiter, Lawrence “Jay” Brown and Tyrone “Ty Ty” Smith.

Film synopsis: Sony Pictures | A Columbia Pictures Release

Selma

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Movie poster credit: Sony Pictures

(In Limited Theatres – Dec. 25)

The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered
history.

The film depicts King’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The main cast features Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Tessa Thompson. Set for nationwide release on Jan. 9, the film has received 8 NAACP Award nominations, 4 Golden Globes nominations and is the winner of The Freedom of Expression, National Board of Review award. Common, a member of the supporting cast, has received a NAACP nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor as well as Grammy and Golden Globe Awards nominations for the song “Glory”in collaboration with John Legend.

Film synopsis: Sony Pictures

Top Five

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Movie poster credit: Sony Pictures | A Columbia Pictures Release

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s Top Five takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance.

The film digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, Top Five is an original and radically new kind of American movie.

Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star, Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.

Written, directed and stars Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West. The film’s executive music producer is Questlove.

Film synopsis: Paramount Pictures

Empower Magazine’s Top 3 Holiday Movie Picks