When December comes around, the studios start rolling out their big awards hopefuls for the season. Whether any of these movies actually win Oscars or not, they might be worth watching.
‘Wild’ (Dec. 5)
Reese Witherspoon is shooting for another Best Actress trophy with a traveling-to-find-one’s-self movie. In ‘Wild’, she plays a woman whose life was hit with tragedy, followed by a dark period of depression. To rise above it all, she sets off on a seemingly impossible solitary hike across 1,110 miles of American wilderness.
‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ (Dec. 12)
Ridley Scott takes another crack at the historical epic genre, and this time he’s going Biblically epic. Christian Bale plays Moses and Joel Edgerton plays his adopted brother Rhamses. I know what you’re thinking: Did Scott go all ‘Prince of Persia‘ on us by casting white actors as non-white characters? The answer is yes, but Edgerton certainly doesn’t look like a white guy. So, which will be the bigger Bible movie of the year, ‘Noah‘ or ‘Exodus’?
‘Inherent Vice’ (Dec. 12)
Paul Thomas Anderson channels the Coen brothers in this very Lebowski-esque tale of a drugged-up cop trying to crack the case involving his missing ex-girlfriend. Joaquin Phoenix (‘The Master’) returns as Anderson’s leading man. The crime drama also stars Josh Brolin, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ (Dec. 17)
Should Peter Jackson and friends have stretched ‘The Hobbit’ into three movies? Probably not, but I’ve still enjoyed them along the way. Having not read the book since I was a little Hobbit myself, I can’t remember where the tale is going. Because watching these movies is like discovering the story for the first time all over again, I absolutely can’t wait to see the final chapter in not only the ‘Hobbit’ series, but the entire Middle Earth saga. I just hope that press screenings aren’t in the hideous 48 frames-per-second (HFR) format that Peter Jackson likes but no one else does.
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