Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 2012 Movie Guide

DECEMBER 7, 2012 

PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Starring: Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid
Why You Should See It: Still trying to figure that out.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because Gerard Butler is content to collect checks off his one shining moment in time (300) and because it’s near impossible to think of the last movie Jessica Biel was in that exceeded expectations.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Not now.  Probably not ever.

Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Olivia Colman
Why You Should See It: Because it’s received some Oscar buzz.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because after openly weeping about his Oscar loss to Sean Penn in 2004, seemingly every dramatic turn Bill Murray's made has received this kind of buzz and many of those efforts have not been good.  Make up call, anyone?
And the Magic 8 Ball Says: ZZZZzzzz…..

Starring: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Frank Grillo
Why You Should See It: Because Rebecca Hall is a good actress who has done some good work.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because Bruce Willis is now a bad actor who has done some very bad work.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Netflix queue bound.


Starring: Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman
Why You Should See It: Because Peter Jackson is a fantastic director who loves the source material.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because the last time a prequel to an epic trilogy was made, audiences had to endure two and a half hours of Jake Lloyd as a young Darth Vader.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Yes in IMAX because of the Man of Steel trailer and the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness.


Other theatrical releases:  Save the DateAny Day Now

DECEMBER 19, 2012

Starring: Seth Rogen, Barbara Streisand, Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski
Why You Should See It: Because before Seth Rogen was banished to Hollywood purgatory, he was on a decent roll.  And of course, Yvonne Strahovski of Chuck fame.
Why You Should Avoid It: Two words – Barbara Steisand.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says: Not if I can help it.

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez
Why You Should See It: Because the White House may or may not have been a bit too accommodating to the creative team behind this film.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because it doesn’t exactly jive with the Christmas season. 
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Most likely a yes.

DECEMBER 21, 2012 
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura
Why You Should See It: A ton of legitimate Oscar buzz behind this film featuring two very accomplished performers in McGregor and Watts.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because disaster movies tend to be very similar – even the ones depicting real life events.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Game time decision.

Starring: Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks
Why You Should See It: Because Apatow and Rudd together usually equals a winning formula.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because I have rarely ever heard someone say that turning 40 is great!
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Girlfriend rules apply.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins
Why You Should See It: Because it is based on the highly popular work of British thriller novelist, Lee Child.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because although Tom Cruise is a hard worker and a strong performer, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the actor from his personal baggage.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Yes.  It should be an entertaining movie.

Other theatrical releases:  On the RoadNot Fade AwayBarbara

DECEMBER 25, 2012 
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne
Why You Should See It: Because the movie features a very talented cast.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because theatrical productions do not always translate very well to cinemas.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Girlfriend rules most definitely apply here.

Starring: Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio
Why You Should See It: Because it’s a Quentin Tarantino film featuring Leo DiCaprio.
Why You Should Avoid It: Because it’s a Quentin Tarantino film featuring Jamie Foxx.
And the Magic 8 Ball Says:  Definitely worth a look.

Other theatrical releases:  West of MemphisParental Guidance

DECEMBER 28, 2012

Other theatrical releases:  Promised LandQuartetTherese

2 comments:

  1. Jack Reacher yes
    Django Yes
    Hobbit Yes
    Everything else No

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  2. H O B B I T ! ! !

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