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I’m not going to lie to you: We are in for a strange month of movies. December is typically peppered with Oscar favorites and holiday family fun. I don’t know if it’s the Mayan calendar or that giant asteroid headed toward earth, but this December is anything but usual. The Quentin Tarantino 20th anniversary reboots of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction really set the tone for the warm and fuzzy holiday season.

Playing for Keeps

For those of us who saw The Ugly Truth, it is clear Gerard Butler has questionable taste when it comes to choosing rom-coms. Here, he plays a retired soccer pro who volunteers to coach his child’s soccer team in an attempt to bond with his son and reconcile with his ex-wife. Meanwhile, every frustrated soccer mom in the stands has her eyes on him. Dec. 7

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I’m not sure about the title. In my mind, the journey was pretty expected. Bilbo Baggins sets off with Gandolf in an attempt to find the magical ring (my precious). Dragons and spiders and wolves, oh my! Dec. 14.

The Guilt Trip

I cannot put into words how much this movie pains me. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan star in this mother-son road trip adventure. Hurray for Hollywood! At least they’re recycling… Dec. 19.

The Impossible

Finally, some originality graces us this holiday season. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a married couple vacationing in Thailand as the tsunami hits. The family is separated and must plow through the rubble in a desperate attempt to reconnect. Dec. 21.

This is 40

Honestly, I have to applaud the originality of this ‘sort-of-a-sequel’ concept. The film expands on the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the movie Knocked Up. Frankly, they were the most interesting part of that film, so, bravo! Dec. 21.

Jack Reacher

This Tom Cruise action film, with a multi-million-dollar budget, car chases and explosions (I’m assuming), and yet no one seems to know a thing about it. That can only mean one thing… Dec. 21.

Parental Guidance

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as grandparents called in to babysit. Where is the lever I pull to drop a safe on my head? Dec. 25.

Les Miserables

I’m weeping as I write. Anne Hathaway can be wildly irritating, but girlfriend can sing! This is my Oscar pick. Dec. 25.

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