Pitch’s Picks: must-watch winter movies you can’t miss


Illustration courtesy of Rhea Nourmair

Students’ favorite Christmas classics. Home Alone (51 votes); The Grinch (28 votes); The Nightmare Before Christmas (15 votes); Die Hard (9 votes)

Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a warm blanket by the fireplace and binge classic holiday movies. This season, treat yourself to these dazzling films, whether it be a new upcoming movie or a past picture you might have missed.

A Man Called Otto (2022)
Comedy/drama, PG-13
Any fan of Tom Hanks should have this movie on their to-watch list. “A Man Called Otto” is based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, “A Man Called Ove,” and is set for release Dec. 25 in theaters. The movie follows grumpy widower Otto Anderson as he meets a quick-witted, pregnant woman named Marisol, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world upside down. With Hanks set to play Otto, this movie is receiving a lot of hype.

Students’ favorite movie genres to watch during the winter. Comedy (41.1%); horror (12.1%); action (13.2%); thriller (3.7%); drama (3.2%); romance (15.8%); mystery (3.2%); fantasy (7.6%). (Illustration courtesy of Rhea Nourmair)

Violent Night (2022)
Comedy/action, R
If you tend to stray to the dark side on cold winter nights, “Violent Night” should be your go-to. This action packed thriller stars David Harbour as a vigilante rendition of Saint Nick. Follow an elite team of mercenaries as they break into a family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone hostage inside. Little did they know, a gory Santa Claus is on the grounds with them. While this movie is filled with sharp humor and holds thousands of great reviews, it is quite mature, with tons of graphic violence. Weak stomachs beware.

Falling For Christmas (2022)
Romance/comedy, TV-PG
This Holiday rom-com is an instant classic when a Christmas skiing trip goes wrong, leaving a newly engaged heiress [Lindsay Lohan], with amnesia. She ends up being rescued by a handsome cabin owner. This is a fun and heartwarming watch, guaranteed to make you laugh. Even though it’s a little on the corny side, the movie is still an excellent pick for when you want to curl up with some hot chocolate and have a laugh.

Klaus (2019)
Family comedy, PG
If you’re looking for a family friendly animated film, “Klaus” is the movie for you. This wholesome flick is not only rated an impressive 95% on rotten tomatoes, but was also personally requested to be covered in a review by some students. The movie is an original film written by Sergio Pablos and tells Pablos’ reimagining of the origin of Saint Nick. The story follows a spoiled letterman who is sent to a secluded town to act as their postal worker. Here, he teams up with a reclusive toymaker to encourage the children of the town to write letters to him in return for toys. This movie is a work of creative genius guaranteed to warm your heart.

A chart of students’ favorite movie watching necessities. A fluffy blanket (35%); a delicious meal; (22.2%) a close friend (21.2%); hot cocoa or another beverage (13.8%); pets (7.9%) (Illustration courtesy of Rhea Nourmair)