The reverberating sound of helicopter blades circling above, the smell of hot dirt swirling around as special forces soldiers blend into the surrounding landscape, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, hostage rescue missions on enemy territory. If you feel like you’re in a movie right now, keep reading! Below we’ve rounded up the must-see political films this fall.
And to add to the spirit of weekend moviegoing, on tonight’s show Alonso Duralde, author and film critic for The Wrap, joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” to talk about these movies that politicos all over the country will want to mark their calendar for.
1. First on the list isn’t one Jennifer Granholm is too excited about, but is worth knowing it’s out there. “2016: Obama’s America” was produced by Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent member of the right-wing hate machine. The documentary examines President Obama’s early years for clues to his alleged anti-capitalist beliefs.
Even though numerous fact checkers have debunked the premise of the movie, it hasn’t stopped people from seeing it. The film’s price tag was $2.5 million, and it has earned nearly $33 million, making it the second-highest-grossing documentary in history (Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11″ is No. 1).
2. Scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel just two days before the presidential election, “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” gives viewers the full story on the unforgettable operation. The film airs on November 4.
3. Haven’t had enough of “Seal Team Six”? Set to release in December of this year, “Zero Dark Thirty” takes the story of America’s greatest manhunt to the big screens.
4. Can’t wait to starting checking them off your list? The thriller “Argo” takes viewers back to the 1979 rescue during the Iran hostage crisis. Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, “Argo” hits theaters next Friday.
5. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Enough said. Don’t miss “Lincoln” — it’s scheduled to release November 16.
6. Things to look forward to in December? Holiday cheer, quality family time and the final film on our list, “Hyde Park on Hudson.” Award-winning actor Bill Murray is Franklin D. Roosevelt in this can’t-miss historical film.
Also joining us tonight is Laura Tyson talking about the new unemployment numbers, and David Mermin shares the latest on the polls. Republican J.D. Hayworth weighs in on the latest Romney news and Maria Echaveste will discuss the Latino vote. Tune in tonight at 10E/7P!