Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
We are one week late on this blog entry due to Great Stories Inc being busy at last week’s Northeast Comic Con event in Wilmington, MA. But we are back to normally scheduled programming, so to speak. The good news is, there was really not too much competition last Friday at the box office with only one major release on the docket (critically panned The Pyramid), and in limited release the Reese Witherspoon drama Wild.
We begin with Exodus: Gods and Kings, which puts the exclamation point on a very big year for Biblical movies. In this round, we get Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley under the direction of Ridley Scott in what looks to be an epic presentation of Moses’ story. Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson star in the comedy Top Five about a comedian whose real-life wedding is to be broadcast to a TV audience. Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, getting an awful lot of good buzz, gets a wide release, as she plays a woman who takes to a long journey by foot as she comes to grips with tragedy and self-afflicted adversity. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson star in an off-beat comedy/drama set in the 1970’s about a cop who investigates the disappearance of his girlfriend in Inherent Vice. Exodus looks like the winner here, though Inherent Vice looks quite intriguing. Check out the trailer below.
Peter Jackson will say farewell to his Tolkien franchises once and for all with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And with that knowledge, we suspect there will not be any room at #1 on this particular week for any other film. The theatrical remake of Broadway smash hit Annie will be competing hard for the second slot, however, starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. Fans of Robin Williams should know that they still get to see a few more performances on the big screen including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Ben Stiller suspects there is more left in this franchise’s tank. Mr. Turner is a biographical drama about an eccentric British painter. And Goodbye to All That is a comedy/drama about a divorcee Dad who sets life to a new chapter with his daughter. At the risk of sounding predictable, there is no way anything will usurp our desire to see The Hobbit trilogy come to a close. Behold Smaug….er, I mean the awesome trailer for fantasy geeks like us.
One day after Christmas, we will all be full of good cheer with any luck, and if we were good, Santa might have stuck some free movie tickets in our stocking! *Hint* *Hint* Santa Claus! And how shall we cash them in, if we are so lucky? Angelina Jolie directs the WWII true story, Unbroken, of an Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese. Sure to be a moving chronicle and another story from America’s Greatest Generation. James Franco and Seth Rogen are unlikely assassins recruited by the CIA to kill the leader of North Korea after the two TV Show hosts land an interview with him in the aptly titled, The Interview. Hilarity ensues. Another Broadway show gets the Big Screen treatment as Into the Woods gets released, starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt. Clint Eastwood directs American Sniper, the story of a Navy SEAL on record with 150 confirmed kills, starring Bradley Cooper. Mark Wahlberg plays a literature professor and high roller getting in all sorts of trouble in The Gambler. Tim Burton directs a film unlike most of the films we are accustomed to seeing from him in Big Eyes, about painter Margaret Keane and her legal struggles with her husband following her success, starring Amy Adams. Well, this would seem to be the most eventful and interesting week of all in December. American Sniper is our pick of the lot with one of the most gut-wrenching and riveting trailers we have seen.
What will you be watching in theaters this month?
Back in three weeks with the January lineup!
-The Great Stories Team