MOUNT KIMBALL, N.C. — The world is a better place because of what you can’t see.
It’s a theme that has taken hold throughout the holiday season, with new films, concerts, and television specials that focus on what we can’t understand.
The New York Times has compiled a list of the best holiday movies of 2017 and it’s no surprise that this year’s lineup is a standout.
The following films were made to celebrate the holidays, including “A Christmas Carol” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
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“The Last Picture Show” (2016)Director/writer: Adam McKayCast: Ben Foster, Laura Linney, Andrew Garfield, Josh Gad, Zoe Kazan, Tessa Thompson, John LeguizamoStarring: Ben Folds, Laura Mulvey, Andrew J. West, Jake Johnson, Jake Kasdan, David Oyelowo, Emily Blunt, David O. Russell, Ben Frollo, Sarah Paulson, Tilda Swinton, Zendaya, Jack O’Connell, David Schwimmer, Josh Ritter, John Rhys-Davies, James Spader, Jack Reynor, Zachary QuintoThe Last Movie Show was written and directed by Adam McKay, a New York native who also helmed the Oscar-nominated “The Martian” and starred in the CBS series “The Odd Couple.”
The film follows a group of friends as they travel across the globe, with the last picture being played on the beach at their home.
The movie stars Ben Foster as Matt, a lonely guy who gets into trouble for being the last guy to see his girlfriend.
Laura Linnea, Andrew Garvey, Zach Galifianakis, Tasha Robinson, Josh Gilmartin, Sarah Gadon, Zoe Kravitz, Jena Malone, and others are among the stars.
“We have no idea what is going on but we are hoping to get back home,” Olivia Munn and Ben Mendelsohn join Foster in the film, which has already been picked up for a sequel.
The film was directed by Joe Johnston and is written by Josh Friedman.
“Pineapple Express” (2015)Director: Scott BaioCast: Matt Damon, Travolta, Natalie Portman, Taryn Manning, Adam Levine, Daniela Dominguez, Mark StrongStarring, Adam McKayMatt Damon stars in the Netflix series about an eccentric former NYPD cop (Scott Baio) who has to travel to the remote island of Bora Bora for his father’s (Tom Hanks) birthday.
After being fired from his job, he must travel to Bora, meet his dad (Adam Levine), and help the local police search for the missing people.
The cast also includes Natalie Portmans (Dumbo), Taryn Peyton Manning, Daniel Domingues, Mark Tuller, Jason Segel, Matt Damon and a number of others.
“Black Panther” (2017)Director Scott DerricksonCast: Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, T’Challa, Chadwick Lively, Tye Sheridan, Chiwetel EjioforStarring Ryan Cooke, Michael B. Jordan, Téa Leoni, Forest Whitaker, Chad Wilson, Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Pine, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chadik Wiliams, Jeffrey Donovan, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Johnson, Michael Rooker, Tommie James, Tyrese Gibson, Michael Peña, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ayelet Zurer, Idris Elba, Michael Kenneth Williams, Karen Gillan, and more3 was directed in collaboration with Ryan Coogle and features a new look at the Black Panther, one of Marvel’s most iconic and iconic characters.
“What’s the point of the character if he’s not going to exist in our lives?” co-star Chadwick Ziegler tells EW.
The picture, which also features the return of the film’s beloved Black Panther (played by Chadwick Keston) and an appearance by his father, also features a guest appearance from fellow Marvel hero Tye Wilson.
“There’s something that just feels right about it,” Coogle says.
“It’s a great idea and it feels like a great movie.
I’m happy to have the opportunity to see it.”
The movie was written by Ben Wheatley and directed in partnership with Ben Wheatier and Terence Winter.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2014)Director Robert Downey Jr.