How can you top the stellar November? With films like Lincoln, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, and Flight, it does not seem possible. Look at this month's releases and you may think again. Either I am getting too easy on movies, or this year has truly ended better than any in many years.
This month ahead is going to busy for movie fans, so save your money, and head to the theatres for Oscar films, and some holiday fun.
Hyde Park on Hudson (limited)
Playing for Keeps
The month starts pretty weak with these two films that appear to be clunkers. Hudson had promise, but the trailer and reviews make this look sillier than it should have been. Playing for Keeps looks to be like one of those overstuffed romantic comedies, which will not play well. Both films are going to do poorly.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
How can they go wrong, maybe splitting the film into three. No one has seen this film yet (although I imagine some critics have), but I am a little worried that Peter Jackson has lost his touch, with two terrible films after the original series (Lovely Bones, and King Kong). Nonetheless I am going to be in line to see one of my favorite books on the big screen.
This is 40
Zero Dark Thirty
The Guilt Trip
Monsters Inc. 3D (2001)
I do not think I have seen this long of a list of releases in a long, long time! This is 40 looks hilarious, and Appatow could restore his good name after Funny People. Zero Dark Thirty is already shaping up to be the critical hit of the year, and looks incredible. Jack Reacher will be the action folks may need, but in a crowded season may fall through the cracks, plus the marketing has been awful. The Guilt Trip will do well getting old and young audiences with strong leads. Monsters Inc. 3D will be something for the kids. The last two on the list are the small limited releases, Amour a foreign film, The Impossible, a film about the Tsunami. You have something for everyone and most of them look good! Happy holidays.
Django and Les Mis are Oscar bait that look off the charts great! Parental Guidance looks hookey, but could be some lighthearted fun. Even if you saw a movie a day there is a lot to see around this time.
See: Everything but Hyde Park on Hudson and Playing for Keeps!