Thanksgiving 2012: Movies to Watch on Turkey Day

Spending your Turkey Day in St. Louis and looking for a family-friendly activity? Skip the Black Friday lines and watch a movie on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is here, which means it's time to stuff your face with pumpkin pie, play with Thanksgiving crafts and watch some NFL football.

And unless you're preparing for Black Friday deals, Turkey Day also serves as a great day for movie-goers. 

If you decide to stay home, Moviefone published a list of the Top 21 Films About Thanksgiving for you to consider, including 1987's Steve Martin classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles and 1995's Home for the Holidays.

But if you're looking to go out to the movies with family and friends, here's a list of movies that are opening the week of Thanksgiving:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

  • Rating: PG-13
  • Release date: Nov. 16
  • Running time: 116 minutes
  • Moviefone description: The astonishing conclusion to the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

Anna Karenina

  • Rating: R
  • Release date: Nov. 16
  • Running time: 130 minutes
  • Moviefone description: The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes 'Pride & Prejudice' and 'Atonement,' is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard ('Shakespeare in Love'). The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

Silver Linings Playbook

  • Rating: R
  • Release date: Nov. 16
  • Running time: 120 minutes
  • Moviefone description: Life doesn't always go according to plan...Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Life of Pi

  • Rating: PG
  • Release date: Nov. 21
  • Running time: 127 minutes
  • Moviefone description: Yann Martel's ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Lee. The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Suraj Sharma heads up the cast as the young boy, with Gérard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, and Bollywood actress Tabu also starring.

Rise of the Guardians

  • Rating: PG
  • Release date: Nov. 21
  • Running time: 97 minutes
  • Moviefone description: 'Rise of the Guardians' is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities.

Red Dawn

  • Rating: PG-13
  • Release date: Nov. 21
  • Running time: 114 minutes
  • Moviefone description: In 'Red Dawn,' an American city awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky -- shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target.

Of course, there are other movies that have already been released, like Argo, Skyfall and Cloud Atlas. 

TELL US: Which movie do you plan to watch on Thanksgiving? Which movie theater do you prefer? 


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