Movies To Catch This Christmas Day

Movies To Catch This Christmas Day

A quick list of the top flicks to watch this Christmas.

While Christmas Day traditions can range from a morning filled with opening presents, an afternoon of traveling between families, or a plethora of other holiday activities, for some a trip to the movie theater is their tradition of choice for the holidays. The movies have long been a leisure activity for people of all ages and families, singles, young couples, or friends alike can make the trek to the theater on December 25 for a hot flick. Here's a quick list of some headlining titles you can catch in theaters this Christmas Day.

1. Office Christmas Party (Comedy)

While the movie hits theaters several days before Christmas it is still the perfect holiday treat. Staring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Anniston, Olivia Munn and T.J, Miller this wild tail of a holiday office party that goes out of hand is one sure to fill your bellies with laughter.

2. Collateral Beauty (Drama)

Ah, Will Smith. This drama promises to be an eye opening piece. Filled with tragedy, reclusion, and eventually, everyone's favorite, self-revival this film may jerk a tear or two, but ultimately shows that one cannot lived a truly fulfilled life without loss.

3. Passengers (Sci-Fi)

Imagine traveling space over thousands of years, all of which you are to be asleep until arrival at your destination, only to wake up alone ninety years too early. This is the scary realization that two passengers, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, come to when their sleep pods malfunction. In this sci-fi thriller, not only are they faced with the hardships of being alone in a spacecraft and they ever pondering questions of why them, they are solely responsible for saving the ship from the grave danger ahead.

4. Sing (Animation)

This family-friendly cartoon documents the efforts of a Koala trying desperately to safe his lifelong dream of running a theatre by holding a singing competition. With voices like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlette Johansson, and Tori Kelly this is sure to be a hit.

5. Why Him? (Comedy)

With the potential to the one of the best days of a father's life or the absolute worst the day his daughter brings home the boyfriend is crucial. In this hilarious tale, James Franco plays father Bryan Cranston's worst nightmare. As the epitome of everything he doesn't want for his daughter, Cranton's character is beside himself when he learns that this man wants to take his daughters hand. Documenting the awkwardness between father and future son-in-law this will no doubt be another one of Franco's hilarious hits.

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Sci-Fi)

For all you Star Wars lovers out there, here comes the backstory to the members of the Rebellion that helped bring down the death star.

7. Fences (Drama)

This drama tells the story of an African American man with an athletic past who struggles with race relations in the United States during the 1950s and the relationship he has with his son, a college athlete prospect. Staring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, this movie tackles the hard truth about the emotional fences people build to cope with the path their lives have taken. These fences are used either to keep people out or to keep those close to you in- both resulting ultimately in holding yourself back.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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