As usual, there aren’t many — sorry, any — big holiday-themed movies this holiday. Instead there are films that death, destruction, blood-letting and rich douchebags who will destroy the world. The movies remind us how old we are and that we’re probably going to die alone. On the other hand, maybe you'll see Chewbacca. Depending on which grim mood you’re in, here’s how this year’s winter awards season looks at the movies:
Films about nostalgia
Today’s franchises aren’t the types that burn bright then fade away. They live forever. A recent piece suggested it’s entirely possible the “Star Wars” series will outlive us all, spawning entries and spin-offs into the infinite. For now there’s “The Force Awakens” (Dec. 18), which does what “Creed” just did to the “Rocky”s: it leaves the movies in the hands of the next generation, passing the baton from the old to the young. Of course, we were all once stoked for the prequels, weren’t we? This one better rock, because we’ll be living with them until we’re caked in pockmarks.