It’s just about the holiday season, which means movie studios are unleashing one last torrent of offerings for the upcoming awards season.
So for the next month or so, look for dragons, dinosaurs, Disney and debauchery to hit theaters.
The Book Thief
Based on a book by the same name, “The Book Thief” follows a girl in World War II Germany who tries to cope with the effects of war by sneaking and distributing books to her fellows.
An animated re-telling of “The Snow Queen,” Disney’s latest film shows two sisters who have been separated since one discovered she had the power to create snow and ice and became fearful of her own abilities.
Out of the Furnace
Christian Bale stars in this thriller as a man who finds trouble following his veteran brother (Casey Affleck).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson’s big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” continues, allowing fans to see whether there really is enough material from one little book for three whole two-and-a-half-hour movies.
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Bradley Cooper stars as an FBI agent trying to extract secrets from a pair of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) in this 1970s-themed drama. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner both find some time away from the bow and arrows to co-star as Bale’s character’s wife and a political operator in a tight spot, respectively.
Walking with Dinosaurs
Can the “Land Before Time” audience really be old enough to be taking their own kids to the theater? From the description, it certainly sounds like that’s what moviemakers are banking on. An underdog dinosaur triumphs against tremendous odds, and probably a fierce predator or two, to become a hero in this CGI, 3-D adventure.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Will Ferrell has again donned Ron Burgandy’s mustache for a second helping of the satirical take of the news. Along for the ride is Burgandy’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Brick Tamland (Steve Carelle), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) as Ron makes the move to New York’s first 24-hour news channel.
Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers in this take on how the movie mogul and author sparred as the former tried to secure the rights to the latter’s book, “Mary Poppins,” and the film adaptation thereof.
The Wolf of Wall Street
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Because it’s been several months since we’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio as a young, successful rich person involved in shady deals, The Great Gatsby himself is back as Jordan Belfort, who made it big on Wall Street before finding himself in prison for refusing to take part in shady deals. Jonah Hill also stars in this film, directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig star in this remake of the 1947 adaptation by the same name, which itself was based on a short story. Stiller is a day-dreamer who must snap back to reality to save his job and that of Wiig, his co-worker, and ends up having a grander adventure than he could have imagined.
I’ll admit, I’m at the point where I see Sylvester Stallone in anything and I just think, “Please retire.” But this one has him as a retired boxer who still has a bone to pick with an old rival, played by Robert De Niro. Seeing these two back in the ring could actually be fun.