If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
Out of the Furnace
Here's an interesting situation: This action/drama is the story of a young soldier who returns from Iraq and gets mixed up with a ruthless drug ring, forcing his mild-mannered brother to take action. If the movie starred The Rock and Channing Tatum, you could toss it in the bin of pre-teen adolescent fodder. This film, however, stars Casey Affleck as the young vet and Christian Bale as his contained brother. The austere backdrop of the Rust Belt adds a quiet desperation to the setting. This should prove interesting...
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel and Ethan Coen are notoriously hit or miss with their fictional biopics. This time, all signs point to hit. Llewyn Davis is a middling folk singer on a journey of self-discovery after his career and love life both evaporate. The movie seems to capture that dark, quirky humor that really makes a Coen brothers film--despite the fact that Justin Timberlake managed to score a role.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
I’m sorry. Peter Jackson has taken all he’s going to get from me. I have neither the inclination nor the patience for another one of these. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a spectacular movie. I’m guessing there’s a journey, and there are magical creatures and evil afoot...oh, and, of course, special effects.
Saving Mr. Banks
This charming film is proving to be the one to watch out for in the Oscar race. The film tells the story of Walt Disney’s laborious attempts over two decades to acquire the rights to P.L. Travers' novel, Mary Poppins. The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The touching, heartwarming holiday film we’ve all been waiting for: Ron Burgundy and his crack news team leisure-suit up for a sequel.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
It would seem this James Thurber short-story-turned-1947-film has been waiting for 21st-century technology for a proper remake. Here, Ben Stiller steps into the title role of Walter Mitty, a shrinking violet with an over-active imagination. This is a make-it or break-it dramatic turn for Stiller. Will it be his Lost in Translation or his The Majestic?
Based on the trailer, the film looks like Goodfellas meets Boogie Nights. The new A-list acting elite heads up the cast, including Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. The film is the story of a determined fed who tasks a conman and his partner to infiltrate the Jersey mob and set up a crooked politician.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a stockbroker in the heyday of Wall Street fraud and corruption. The film explores the gross excesses that resulted from shady business dealings, and the moral and ethical lapses that accompanied them.
(aka Rocky: The Golden Years). This film is a lighthearted 'senior remake'--that is, a familiar plot retold by older actors. This time, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement to settle their differences once and for all in the ring. I don’t know what to say. I’m assuming De Niro just likes to keep busy.