December 25th is fast approaching, and you know what that means: time for movies and Chinese food with your favorite heathen horde!
The Willow Creek 12 will have most of the top films, so you'll be able to choose among a selection that will allow you to get to The Tea House (directly across the parking lot) in time for our 4 p.m. seating. The final movie lineup will be listed on the Willow Creek 12's website and will appear below as we get closer to the Meetup date. Each movie listing will be followed by its show time, rating, running length, and (where available) a score and link from the movie review website Metacritic.com, which provides a synopsis, tallies up reviews and assigns a number from 0 to 100.
Here is the list of movies and show times:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 11:40 a.m. PG-13 (2 hrs. 41 min.) 66 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug
47 Ronin 1:20 p.m. PG-13 (2 hrs. 7 min.) 30 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/47-ronin
Frozen 1:40 p.m. PG (1 hr. 48 min.) 74 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/frozen-2013
American Hustle 1:55 p.m. R (2 hrs. 9 min.) 89 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/american-hustle
Philomena 12:50 p.m. PG-13 (1 hrs. 34 min.) 76 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/philomena
Grudge Match 12:10 p.m. PG-13 (1 hr. 53 min.) no reviews yet http://www.metacritic.com/movie/grudge-match
Saving Mr. Banks 11:25 a.m. PG-13 (2 hrs. 5 min.) 59 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140373/
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1:50 p.m. PG (2 hrs. 5 min.) 44 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 11:45 a.m. PG-13 (1 hr. 59 min.) 62 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/anchorman-2-the-legend-continues
Walking with Dinosaurs 1:25 p.m. PG (1 hr. 20 min.) 28 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/walking-with-dinosaurs
The Wolf of Wall Street 11:15 a.m. R (2 hrs. 59 min.) 79 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-wolf-of-wall-street
Some films will have a show time convenient for our 4 p.m. seating at The Tea House. It's fine to get there early and wait at the bar, but they'd like us to all be there no later than 4:10 p.m. Our reservation goes until 6 p.m., as they expect to be very busy! If you favor a movie that gets out early and don't mind killing time in between the reel and the meal, go for it. The Willow Creek 12 had some great vintage pinball machines in the lobby last year, so assuming they're still there, that's an option. :-)
Or you can skip the movies and join us at the restaurant, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot!
We plan to reserve two tables: one where diners share their entrees and another where each person chooses his or her own. Last year The Tea House lost this request and seated us at one long table. I will do my best to prevent that, but if it happens again, those who wish to share should sit closest to the window. Please let us know which table you prefer in your RSVP.
Moviegoers will meet in the lobby 15 minutes before show times. Once again, The Tea House staff asks that we all arrive at the restaurant no later than 4:10 p.m.
For more information on the Willow Creek 12 Theaters:
For more on The Tea House, including a full menu:
Hope to see you on the 25th!