Check out The Top 10 Films Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Part 1!
Inside Llewyn Davis
Directors: Joel and Ethan Cohen
Release Date: Dec 6
December could be the weirdest month of movies to hit the theaters together in a long time led by the latest Coen Brothers effort. A soft, gauzy blur hangs over everything in the trailer to heighten the nostalgia. Based on the posthumously published memoirs of influential folk singer David Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis presents a look at the hard-luck life of a Greenwich Village musician in the 1960s. More in the vein of Fargo than The Big Lebowski, the Coen’s sardonic, deadpan humor hangs front and center amidst a love triangle between Carey Mulligan looking every bit the anti-Daisy Buchanan and Drive’s Oscar Isaac who plays Llewyn Davis. Coen Brother regular John Goodman also stars along with a v-necked Justin Timberlake.
The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Release Date: Dec 18
Oceans World War II reunites George Clooney with Matt Damon and a new posse of Hollywood ratpackers, this time to steal a treasure trove of fine art from Hitler. Or something like that. Co-written, produced and directed by Clooney, The Monuments Men actually takes a light-hearted look at the architects and artists commissioned with protecting the priceless works of art that were stolen in the Nazi plunder of Europe from destruction or further looting by both Nazi and Allied forces. The real life drama, expertly illustrated in the documentary The Rape of Europa, depicted the Nazi’s intent on either stealing the collected wealth of art they deemed worthy or destroying that which was declared decadent in their bid for global domination. John Goodman (again!), Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett will help the Cloonster defeat the Nazis.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Director: Adam McKay
Release Date: Dec 20
In a real life tug of war that wouldn’t be out of place on the KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News, Paramount had originally nixed the Anchorman sequel before a tidal wave of fanboysteria pushed the studio to greenlight the return of Ron Burgundy. Now, eight years later, the legend continues. The man with the stashe is back in the saddle, this time as the anchor of a 24-hour cable news channel in the 1980s. The film reunites the old team including their arch-nemesis Vince Vaughn reprising his role as Wes Mantooth and adds Kristin Wiig to the mix.
Director: Lars von Trier
Release Date: Dec 25
As a director responsible for some of the most brutal, dehumanizing scenes ever committed to film, the work of Lars von Trier isn’t for the faint of heart. It also happens to be some of the most visceral, challenging and thought-provoking cinema available and a disturbing though welcome reprieve from the infantile world of the Sharknado. The press leading up to Nymphomanic, whose title alone is primed to shock, was focused mostly on reports that the actors themselves would participate in graphic sex scenes on camera. That rumor has since been shot down and replaced with the equally bizarre technique of CGI-ing the actors’ privates into the shots. The film will be shot in two parts, and each will be released in soft and hardcore versions.
Director: David O’Russell
Release Date: Dec 25
Christian Bale plays a convicted con artist hired by the FBI to plan a bribery sting targeting corrupt public officials in this film by David O’Russell who is on a hot streak right now. Based on the FBI ABSCAM operation which led to the conviction of a US Senator and six members of the House of Representatives, videotaped meetings between the officials and a fictional sheikh took place on a yacht and hotel rooms in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After seven years of playing the one dimensional Dark Knight, Bale looks like he’s having a deliriously good time playing a Bronx hustler opposite Amy Adams as his vixen cohort. The film reunites Russell with the Academy Award-winning team of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro from Silver Linings Playbook along with Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K.