12 Movies to Watch This December

No. 6. Monsters, Inc.

December 19, 2012

It isn’t new, but it is Pixar. In anticipation of next year’s prequel Monsters University, Disney is giving Monsters, Inc. an unnecessary but not unexpected 3D re-release. With a shortage of family-friendly movies this holiday season, it may be worth tagging along with Sulley and Mike one more time. It would be a lot cheaper to just watch the DVD you already own, however.

No. 5. Silver Linings Playbook

November 21, 2012

This romantic comedy-drama was officially released before Thanksgiving, but it will continue to expand in early December. Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two extremely troubled individuals who form an unlikely bond, Silver Linings Playbook is one of the more refreshing and entertaining films of 2012 – and, somewhat surprisingly, also one of the most romantic.

No. 4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 14, 2012

I’m actually a little bit worried about this one. The marketing has been all over the place ,and massive expectations could negatively affect perceptions. The Hobbit is a fun story but no The Lord of the Rings, but that’s exactly what people are expecting. It’s also hard to imagine the story being spread across three movies, which feels more like a cash grab this time around. Nonetheless, if anyone can bring Middle Earth to life it’s Peter Jackson, and I’m hoping there are still some remnants of former director Guillermo del Toro’s signature style to be found in the film as well. Needless to say, despite concerns, I’ll be there opening night.

No. 3. Django Unchained

December 25, 2012

A new Quentin Tarantino movie… and it’s only ranked #3? I’m excited for the new Tarantino movie – which is about a Civil War-era slave (Jaime Foxx) who is trained to become an assassin (by Christoph Waltz, who earned an Oscar for his performance in Tarantino’s last movie Inglourious Basterds) to hunt down the evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) who kidnapped his wife – but as with all his films, I expect to fall in love with it after the second or third viewing.

No. 2. Les Miserables

December 25, 2012

In 2010, Tom Hooper won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for The King’s Speech, which also won Best Picture. He’s back with  the musical epic Les Miserables and an incredible cast featuring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, among others. The studio is giving the film an incredible marketing push, emphasizing the actors involved and the “no dubbing” singing, which means that the actors didn’t re-record their singing in front of a microphone after shooting was over. Not everyone likes musicals, but Les Miserables is one to watch. Early reviews indicate that Les Miserables delivers.

No. 1. Zero Dark Thirty

December 19, 2012 (limited)

Can you hear that intense pitch? That’s the sound of the increasing Oscar buzz for Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie Zero Dark Thirty, her follow-up to the Oscar-winning war thriller The Hurt Locker. The movie follows the CIA manhunt for Osama bin Laden and culminates with the assault on his Pakistani compound. Early reviews have been praising, and Jessica Chastain, who plays a CIA analyst, is getting serious Oscar attention as well.

See our full list of December 2012 movies.

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By Erik Samdahl
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