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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS — The Coen brothers made a new movie. Enough said. (12/6)
AMERICAN HUSTLE — A year after wowing audiences in Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell returns with this ’70s period drama about the FBI’s Abscam sting. He’s pulling together all his favorite actors for this one, too: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams star. (12/13)
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG — Why did Peter Jackson stretch a short fantasy novel into three movies? Was it: a) the money, b) his ego, c) because nobody could stop him, or d) all of the above? (12/13)
HER — Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with a computer voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Yes, it will be as bizarre as you think. Spike Jonze directs. (12/18)
THE MONUMENTS MEN — George Clooney directs, writes and stars in this World War II drama about the soldiers charged with saving Europe’s precious art from the Nazis. Clooney’s rise as a director isn’t as impressive as many think — the last movie he helmed, The Ides of March, was a dull mess — but this grand sort of story will be difficult to tarnish. Especially when the likes of Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett co-star. (12/18)
FOXCATCHER — Steve Carell tries his hand at ripped-from-the-headlines drama in director Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball. Based on the true story of an Olympic wrestler murdered by his longtime friend, Foxcatcher is Carell’s earnest try at serious acting — and it looks like he might actually pull it off, too. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum also star.(12/20)
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES — Prediction No. 1: Ron Burgundy will finally learn how to say “a whale’s vagina” in Spanish. Prediction No. 2: Anchorman 2 will be much, much funnier than most critics expect. (12/20)
THE PAST — Director Asghar Farhadi follows up his excellent film The Separation with this French drama about the complicated romantic triangle between an Iranian man, his ex-wife, and the man she now dates in Paris. Farhadi’s skills behind the camera, coupled with a performance that won Bérénice Bejo acclaim at Cannes, make The Past one of the year’s most anticipated releases. (12/20)
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY — More than 70 years ago, James Thurber published a short story he called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Thurber’s story is a masterpiece of American fiction, weaving humor, fantasy and adventure together inside the mind of a mundane suburban man. This December, Ben Stiller will take the boldest step of his career as the director and star of an adaptation of Walter Mitty. Can Stiller succeed with such an ambitious project? We’ll find out in December. (12/25)
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY — Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts team up in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer-winning play about the conflicts sparked within an Oklahoma family after its alcoholic patriarch disappears. Letts wrote the screenplay, so expect the story to be as deliciously dark as it was onstage. Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale and Juliette Lewis co-star. (12/25)
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