There is a chill in the air and holiday lights are twinkling everywhere, no one can believe it is December already. Especially the movie studios that have all their award contenders lining up one after the other for us to see this season, it’s now or never! We know that somewhere between shopping and holiday fun, you are going to sneak in a movie or two, you can’t let Meryl, Scorsese or Spike Jonze down, can you? So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about, the latest big studio release or the latest award winner, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug (3D)
|The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug|
The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, was separated into three movies. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D. In this, the second installment, the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their epic quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
New York Film Critics: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
|Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremey Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle|
Christian Bale stars along with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K. in a fictional take on the 1970s FBI sting operation known as Abscam directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook). This sounds like a wonderful way to spend a winter afternoon.
|Paul Walker – Hours|
The new indie drama Hours showcases, the recently deceased Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious franchise) as a man in a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife as she gives birth. But what should be a happy day turns out to be terrible as Hurricane Katrina begins devastating the hospital.
Saving Mr. Banks (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated
|Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks|
Saving Mr. Banks is the true story of how Walt Disney brought Mary Poppins to the big screen. Emma Thompson plays author P.L. Travers who is not very impressed with Los Angeles or Disney himself (Tom Hanks), and even less excited about handing over the rights to her beloved creation. This looks like a real crowd pleaser with a supporting cast that includes Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman alongside B.J. Novak as the composing Sherman Brothers. Perfect holiday fare.
|Stanley Tucci and Alive Eve – Some Velvet Morning|
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
|Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas|
December 18 (Wednesday)
Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Picture: Tie Her and Gravity
|Joaquin Phoenix – Her|
Anchorman: The Legend Continues