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5 Movies We’re Dying to See

What’s in our film critic’s DVD queue this holiday week?

By Matthew Halverson December 23, 2011

The Tree of Life envisions the beginning of the universe. Does that mean God made Brad Pitt on day 8?

For a lot of people, Christmas means catching up with friends and family and, I don’t know, making gingerbread houses or something. For me, it means catching up on all the movies I missed in the theater because I couldn’t find a babysitter. So this year my holiday vacation will consist of ducking my parental responsibilities, holing up in the basement, and watching these five flicks on On Demand.

Warrior Did you see the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises this week? Those glimpses of Tom Hardy as Bane, the bald, beefed-up badass who puts a beating on Batman, made me want to queue up this drama, in which Hardy plays another beefed-up badass. But this time he’s a mixed-martial arts fighter who puts a beating on his own brother. What are the holidays without a little sibling rivalry?

Senna Formula One racing is one step up from NASCAR on the Sports Requiring a Case of Beer to Enjoy list for me. Thankfully, this documentary about legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna focuses on the drama that surrounded his meteoric rise to the top of the F1 world…and his tragic fall.

Moneyball Michael Lewis’s book about the underdog Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season was so sharply detailed that I don’t really feel like I need to see the movie version. But Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the script for The Social Network (my favorite film of 2010), penned this one, too, and I can’t wait to see how he brought the A’s stats-obsessed general manager, Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), to life.

The Devil’s Double Just look at the poster for this one—about Saddam Hussein’s son Uday and the man hired to impersonate him in public—and tell me it’s not a tongue-in-cheek reference to the solid gold toilet that Saddam supposedly owned. The dude is sitting on a gold throne. Get it? But that’s beside the point: I want to see how anyone can adopt the personality traits of a genocidal maniac and still look himself in the mirror.

The Tree of Life Not gonna lie: I’ve got a little crush on Brad Pitt. So even though a lot of people thought Terence Malick’s tone poem about the meaning of life was flat out insufferable, I’ll give it a whirl to see Pitt as the patriarch of a family in 1950s Texas. Plus, c’mon, it has dinosaurs and trippy images of the universe’s beginning. It’s like 2001 meets Jurassic Park. (But probably not.)

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