5 Movies to Ring in the New Year


Five films. Five New Year resolutions.

Dec 30, 2013 | 07:06 PM

There's no doubt 2013 was a great year for movies. From "Iron Man 3" (which taught us to respect those around us) to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (which taught us how to be a true survivor), this year offered lessons for every type of cinema fan.

Since we're just a few hours away from the new year and some are getting ready to draft their resolutions, here are five films that have been released just in time to offer some guidance for a better 2014.

1. "The Wolf of Wall Street": Martin Scorsese's version of Jordan Belfort's memoir, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, is a reminder that no matter how powerful and/or rich one an illegal lifestyle sooner or later will catch up.

Resolution: Do the right thing. It will pay off in the long run.

2. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": Peter Jackson's second installemt of "The Hobbit" trilogy, starring Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Luke Evans, teaches us that no matter how epic the challenge seems (and how small we may seem in return) success is always possible.

Resolution: Finish what you start. Never give up.

3. "Saving Mr. Banks": The John Lee Hancock film about the making of 1964 Walt Disney Studios film "Mary Poppins," starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Victoria Summers, teaches us that sometimes facing our fears is the only way to overcome them.

Resolution: Face your demons. You will come out stronger on the other side.


4. "Dallas Buyers Club": The Jean-Marc Vallee biographical drama, starring Matthew McCounaghey, shows us the importance of being a fighter and not being afraid to defy the status quo.

Resolution: Live life to the fullest. Because you do only live once.

5. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": Directed and starred by Ben Stiller, and featuring Patton Oswalt, the second adaptation of James Turber's 1939 short story of the same name teaches is the importance of dreaming.

Resolution: Daydream more. Your inner child will thank you.

You might also like

Now on People