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December Movie Preview

December 3rd, 2011 9:00am EST

December Movie Preview Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the most talented actors working today, the film is also the first English-language project from “Let The Right One In” director Tomas Alfredson. It’s also a highly stylized espionage thriller set during the Cold War and dealing with a possible mole in MI-6. If the trailers are any indication, “Tinker Tailor” will be one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.

VIDEO Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Featurette) VIDEO

December 9 (continued)

New Year’s Eve

Director Garry Marshall has decided to make a quasi-sequel to his 2010 flop “Valentine’s Day.” His next holiday-themed movie is “New Year’s Eve” which boasts an even bigger cast of stars, many of whom deserve much better than this. Like the first film, “Eve” will focus on the exploits of a bunch of New Yorkers on New Year’s Eve and the silly/romantic/boring exploits that lead up to midnight. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efon, Abigail Breslin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rober De Niro (that’s right!) and many more, the movie is likely to satisfy the type of person who will pay for such a thing and no one else.

VIDEO New Year's Eve - Official Trailer 2 VIDEO

December 9 (continued)

The Sitter

After a surprisingly strong performance opposite Brad Pitt in “Moneyball,” Jonah Hill is going back to his raunchy comedy roots with “The Sitter.” And that’s okay. Hill is teaming with “Pineapple Express” director David Gordon Green for what is essentially a remake of 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting.” This new film features Hill as a college student who agrees to babysit some kids (which he is not capable of doing) to make some extra cash. What should be a quiet night at home turns into a night of R-rated debauchery. Lots of laughs will be had, but not much else should be expected.

VIDEO The Sitter (Trailer) VIDEO



December 16

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

After the surprise success of 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes,” audiences have been waiting for the inevitable sequel which will reunite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson. Included in director Guy Ritchie’s follow up is Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish version of the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. In “A Game of Shadows,” Holmes and Watson will face the evil Dr. Moriarity (Jared Harris), but the real fun will come from the fantastic cinematography and witty banter between Downey, Jr. and Law.

VIDEO Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows (Featurette Follow My Lead) VIDEO

Carnage

Director Roman Polanski’s new film, “Carnage,” is based on the play “God of Carnage” by Yesmina Reza and focuses on two affluent New York couples who are brought together after their sons have a school yard altercation. The cast is comprised of Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, all of whom have either won an Academy Award or have been nominated. The film’s trailer highlights the fantastic performances which will surely be given by all four actors as well as the film’s strange, dark comedy.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

It’s hard to understand why this sequel was made or why it is being released in December as opposed to the middle of the summer. Regardless, Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back, this time with some Chippettes. Together they find themselves marooned on a desert island which turns out to be pretty much paradise for them. Children will likely be entertained by the CGI critters, but their parents will squirm in agony for sure.

December 23

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

By far the most anticipated film of the awards season, David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” has some mighty large shoes to fill. Fincher and Co. must live up to the expectations of not only fans of Stieg Larsson’s book trilogy, but also the Swedish film adaptations that were released only a few years ago. Rooney Mara looks promising as Lizbeth Salander, the computer-hacking savant, but the trailers and marketing have been very careful about giving away too much of her actual performance. Either way, audiences are sure to flock to the theaters to experience a huge gamble on the part of Fincher, but also to enjoy one of the most unique and unforgettable stories in recent memory.

VIDEO The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Official Trailer 3 [HD] - Trailers VIDEO

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back with a new crew of top secret agents, including Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. Director Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) shot the film using IMAX cameras so, if nothing else, the visuals should be spectacular. Renner, who is about as hot as an actor can get right now, is a bit of a wild card in this fourth installment of the franchise. It’s unclear whether he’s a good guy or bad guy. Either way, though, the movie should have plenty of great action and ingenious gadgets.

VIDEO Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - Clip - I'll Catch You VIDEO

The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn

One of two films Steven Spielberg has being released this weekend, this animated adventure uses the latest motion capture technology to bring the young cult hero to the big screen. Tin Tin (Jamie Bell) sets off on a dangerous treasure hunt along with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis, King of Motion Capture Performances). Spielberg, along with producer Peter Jackson (that’s right!), has taken his love of large action pictures and combined it with his love of cutting edge special effects. Without a doubt, “Tin Tin” will be a movie experience unlike any other.

VIDEO The Secret of the Unicorn- Domestic IMAX Trailer - The Adventures of Tintin VIDEO

We Bought A Zoo

Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire”) returns to cinemas with “We Bought A Zoo” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. In the film, Damon moves his small family to California to fix up a dilapidated zoo that is severely struggling. If Crowe’s track record is any indication, the film will be a mix of witty comedy, difficult relationships and tender moments.

VIDEO We Bought A Zoo - Official Trailer VIDEO

War Horse

Spielberg’s other film being released this month is “War Horse,” which is, in many ways, an homage to the large motion pictures of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Set in World War 1, the film focuses on a young man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his struggle to reconnect with his beloved horse during the horrors of battle. Filled with sprawling cinematography and a touching story, “War Horse” will undoubtedly be on many Top Ten lists at the end of 2011.

VIDEO War Horse (Trailer 2) VIDEO

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