With the holiday season now in full swing, movie fans know there are some upcoming major films that will dominate box office. To help film buffs and the occasional movie goer plan their cinematic outing, we compiled a list of six highly anticipated holiday-season movies you should check out.
For the gritty drama fan:
Out of the Furnace; Release Date: Friday, Dec. 6
This crime thriller stars Christian Bale as Russell, a hardworking, blue-collar steel mill worker who cares for his terminally ill father by night. When his Iraqi war veteran brother, Rodney (played by Casey Affleck), gets into some shady business and turns up missing, Russell must do what he can in order to seek justice for his blood.
For the fantasy or J.R.R. Tolkien aficionado:
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug; Release Date: Friday, Dec. 13
As the second installment in Peter’s Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien-based trilogy, viewers are promised more action than last year’s film, which was knocked for its slow pace. This installment continues the adventure from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves on a mission to take back the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the evil dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
For the off-beat humor enthusiast:
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues; Release Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18
The sequel to the hit 2004 comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, sees Ron Burgundy (an ’80s-clad, mustachioed Will Ferrell) and his news team (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) leaving San Diego in a decade-appropriate Winnebago for a 24-hour cable news channel in New York City.
For the “based on a true crime” lover:
American Hustle; Release Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18
Based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late ’70s and early ’80s, this period drama flaunts an all-star cast, including: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie is about a successful con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), who along with his British partner, Sydney Prosser (Adams), is forced to work for an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Cooper) in order to pull off a sting.
For the music-packed movie supporter:
Inside Llewyn Davis; Release Date: Friday, Dec. 20
This Coen brother written and directed comedy-drama follows one week in the life of a young, unlikeable folk singer (Oscar Issac), who’s trying to make it in Greenwich Village in 1961. Just like the Coen brother’s O Brother Where Art Thou, the T-Bone Burnett produced soundtrack heard in this film is an integral component of the story.
For the stage-to-screen fan:
August: Osage County; Release Date: Wednesday, Dec. 25
Based on the 2007, award-winning, Tracy Letts stage production, this film follows the story of three strong but distant sisters, who are called to their home in Oklahoma after a family crisis. The cast is led by Meryl Streep, who plays the cancer-stricken family matriarch, Violet Weston. Other big names star in the movie, including: Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston; Juliette Lewis as Karen Weston; Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham; and Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham.
Other films to check out:
While our list only has room for six films, there are plenty of other holiday-season movies you and your loved ones can enjoy this season. Some notable mentions include: a modern love story starring Joaquin Phoenix, her, out on limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 18; a film based on the story behind Disney’s Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks, out Friday, Dec. 20; the true story based on the extreme life of penny stockbroker, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), The Wolf of Wall Street, out Wednesday, Dec. 25; and the witty take on the classic James Thurber story starring comedy vets Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, out Wednesday, Dec. 25.