Food, Family and Psycho Turkeys: 12 Off-the-Wall Thanksgiving Movies

From dysfunctional dinners to killer birds, these films will make for some interesting post-feast viewing — or clear the room in a hurry

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'The New World' (2005)

There are a number of movies that will help you pay tribute to our Native American brethren and remind you of the key part they played in this holiday (we'd single out Black Robe, except it takes place in Canada). But the one you want for your Thanksgiving evening is Terrence Malick's lyrical retelling of the Pocahontas story, an almost free-associative look at the meeting of European settlers/colonialists and the Powatan tribe that asks you to revisit a moment in our nation's prehistory. Anyone looking for a straightforward interpretation of John Smith's romance with the young, female native may find themselves drifting away in a post-turkey haze, yet Malick's film continues to reveal layers the more times you watch it. Plus it's a good way to clear out those relatives that are still bitching about not getting to see the game earlier.

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