When the holidays roll around at the end of every year we kick them off by eating the bird we don’t usually eat, gathering in crowds to buy things for slightly lower prices at inconvenient times, and most importantly, taking in the sights and sounds of popular culture at our local movie theaters. While the release of Catching Fire and perhaps our most emotional JLaw experience are behind us, the holiday film season is just beginning and there are at least 4 more movies worth seeing in the next month:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Friday December 13th):
Some really handsome guy who writes for this website already published a piece about this one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss it again. Orlando Bloom makes a comeback as Legolas, the plot has progressed to the point where Bilbo has actually found the ring of power, and the trailer promises more action than the first installment of The Hobbit. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the second installment of The Lord of The Rings trilogy was the best (91%, 96%, 94%), so we can hope for more of the same in this next series from Peter Jackson.
American Hustle (Friday December 13th):
We may have already lived through our most emotional Jennifer Lawrence experience yet, but that’s only because American Hustle is coming out post Catching Fire. This time the most relatable actress of 2013 plays the wife of Con Man Irving Rosenfeld/Christian Bale who is forced for work for wildcard FBI Agent Richie DiMaso/Bradley Cooper. If the cast isn’t enough to lure you in the theaters, the plot line based on the true story of one of the most scandalous FBI Stings in US history will be.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday December 18th):
In shooting Anchorman 2, they actually captured enough footage to put together two separate films. That means that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and that bald guy whose name I can never remember improvised enough hilarious, sexist, racist, and just plain stupid news anchor banter to make the funniest movie you won’t ever see and this film as well. Just like milk on a hot day, not seeing Anchorman 2 will be a bad choice.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Wednesday December 25th):
Leonardo Dicaprio hangs out on Wall Street with Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill and makes tens of millions of dollars in a film directed by Martin Scorsese. This movie begs several questions: How will they blow all the money? Will we finally get to see Jonah Hill do coke on screen? How much coke did Matthew McConaughey do off screen? Will Leo win the Oscar he’s probably deserved for several years? Let’s hope the answer to the last question is no so he has to keep making incredible films like this one.