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Remote Viewing: What to watch during the holiday break

Remote Viewing: What to watch during the holiday break

Moone Boy BBC Comedy Chris O'Dowd
Tune in (and tune your family drama out) by watching Moone Boy. Courtesy photo
Greta Gerwig plays a downtown post modern dancer in Noah Baumbach's charming Frances Ha, screening at Sundance.
Great Gerwig in the spot-on Frances Ha. Courtesy photo
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Your grandma (and pretty much everyone else) will love The Iron Lady. Courtesy photo
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks
Head to the movie theater for Saving Mr. Banks. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle
Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle. Photo by Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Productions
Girls on HBO
Watch seasons one and two of Girls before season three premieres in January. Girls/Facebook
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Drinking Buddies is an unconventional romantic comedy. Photo courtesy of Pink Magnolia
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2 is good for a few holiday laughs. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Moone Boy BBC Comedy Chris O'Dowd
Greta Gerwig plays a downtown post modern dancer in Noah Baumbach's charming Frances Ha, screening at Sundance.
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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks
Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle
Girls on HBO
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s time to power up the TV. Christmas break is upon us, and free time is about to increase exponentially. So what’s the key to getting through the abundance of family time on the horizon? A fully stocked queue of Hulu and Netflix (and a couple of well-timed trips to the multiplex, of course).

But in case you’re not quite sure what to dial up, we’ve got some suggestions to keep you entertained this holiday season.


Drinking Buddies

Watch it with: your beer-loving brother-in-law

Olivia Wilde stars with New Girl’s Jake Johnson in this tale of a pair of microbrewery employees who mix work and play more often than not. Consider the flick improved with a nice seasonal ale.

Frances Ha

Watch it with: your high school BFF

The always spot-on Greta Gerwig is Frances, a sometimes out of work modern dancer, who’s both seriously un-dateable and entirely relatable. She’ll make you feel like your life isn’t such a mess after all.

The Iron Lady

Watch it with: your grandmother

She’ll eat this biopic of Margaret Thatcher right up.


Watch it with: the non-squeamish

This documentary of Orca whale Tilikum examines the deaths of several trainers while he was in captivity, questioning the safety and humaneness of the Orca (also know as killer whale) community. Don’t expect Free Willy fare.

30 for 30

Watch it with: your dad

Pops will surely appreciate this docu-series which highlights sports, sex, drug use and warfare. Choose an episode at random; pretty much every story is sure to please his nonfiction-appreciating heart.


Watch it with: your tween nieces and nephews

Before Joss Whedon was the guy behind The Avengers, he was a sci-fi television master. This short-lived series (featuring Whedon fave Nathan Fillian) makes for easy watch that should take you and your pop culture-loving tweens no time at all to get though.


Watch it with: your Sopranos-loving uncle

Sopranos favorite Steven Van Zandt stars as Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, in this tale of a mafia boss who leaves the Big Apple for the Fjords of Norway after being put into witness protection. Season 2 was just released, so you have more than enough of this Netflix Original to keep you busy.



Watch it with: your siblings

Mia Wasikowska is a young girl changed by the death of her father and prompt arrival of her mysterious new Uncle Charlie who moves in with the family. The trio soon go down a dark, twisted path in this 2013 psychological drama.


Watch it with: your cousins

Season 3 of this critically-acclaimed dramedy returns January 12, so catch up on last season’s action while you can.

Broken City

Watch it with: the whole family

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe star in this revenge tale of ex-cop Billy Taggart, seeking redemption after being double-crossed and framed by New York City Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Hulu Plus


Watch it with: tweens, teens, and sisters-in-law

Five unruly teenagers forced to do community service face a whole new slew of problems after an electrical storm hits their town and turns them into superheroes. Each possesses a new power they didn’t want, one that explores their deepest, darkest insecurities.

Moone Boy

Watch it with: yourself

Set in 1980s Ireland, this truly hilarious comedy follows 12-year-old Martin Moone as he navigates the intricacies of his eccentric childhood with the help of his bearded — and very sarcastic — imaginary friend Sean (played by Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd).

In Theaters

Saving Mr. Banks

See it with: your mom, aunt and grandmother

Tom Hanks stars in this tale inspired by the untold story of how Disney’s Mary Poppins made it to the screen. Emma Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, the curmudgeonly writer not eager to see her story bastardized.

American Hustle

Go see it with: the whole family

Director David O. Russell scores again with this fictional story of notorious con man Irving Rosenfeld (a barely recognizable Christian Bale) and his partner, portrayed by Amy Adams. The duo is forced to change things up after being discovered by the FBI, but the antics don’t die down a bit.


Go see it with: your significant other

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a withdrawn writer who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system in this comedy from director Spike Jonze.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Go see it with: Anyone looking for a laugh

Ron Burgundy and his band of bros are back, and they’re taking the 24-hour news world by storm. Expect tons of cameos, a fair amount of scotch, and a lot of antics that make it difficult to stay classy.

There you have it, folks. With this arsenal of appropriate programming, you’ll have more than enough to do before we all trek back to work in 2014.