Coming Up in December (2015)

With only one more month until 2016, there are plenty of movies coming out to keep an eye on! Some are anxiously awaited with countdowns (*coughcoughSTARWARScoughcough*), some you’ve probably never heard of in your life, and some we are downright dreading (I can’t believe we have to deal with another Chipmunks movie) but either way, let’s take a look at what is coming for us!

December 1: 

Zero Tolerance

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Johnny (Dustin Nguyen) and Peter (Sahajak Boothanakit), two former paramilitary operatives, search Bangkok and cause a lot of trouble/carnage to find the men who murdered Johnny’s daughter, Angel. Action, Crime, Thriller. Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Very slim. 

December 4:

Krampus

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When his crazy family comes for the holidays and eventually starts driving him crazy, Max (Emjay Anthony) turns his back on the idea of Christmas. The lack of festive spirit unleashes the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of evil intent on punishing non-believers (based off a German myth of Santa’s counterpart who punishes bad children). Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence/terror, language and some drug material. Likelihood I’ll go see it: High, since Krampus was basically my German class’ mascot (after Herr Harring as Iron Man). 

Youth 

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Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer and orchestra conductor, is on holiday with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a film director. He receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday as he and Mick watch their children’s, students and other hotel guests’ confused young lives. Drama. Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Extremely slim. 

Chi-Raq

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After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) attempt to organize against the gun violence in Chicago (also called Chi-Raq) by creating a movement that challenges race, sex and violence in America. Based on the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Drama. Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I actually didn’t know much about this before I saw the trailer, but it looks interesting. It’s up there on the list. 

MI-5

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When a terrorist escapes MI5’s custody during a handover to the CIA, the now-disgraced head of the Counter-Terrorism Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) calls upon his ex-agent and protégé Will Holloway (Kit Harington) to assist in finding not only the terrorist, but potentially a traitor in MI5 as well. Action, Drama, Thriller. Rated R for violence and some language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Eh. I could do with some action. And, you know, I’m hoping to see Jon Snow in something that doesn’t involve him *spoiler alert* getting stabbed at the end (fingers crossed).

Every Thing Will Be Fine

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While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), writer Tomas Eldan (James Franco) accidentally runs over and kills a child. Over the next twelve years, he struggles to make sense of what happened and move on with his life. Drama. (No Rating) Warning for violence, gore, alcohol, drugs and smoking. Likelihood I’ll go see it: The plot summary sounded a lot better than the trailer looks…we’ll see. 

Life

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Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), a photographer, is assigned to shoot  rising star James Dean for the 1955 LIFE magazine photo spread, giving us an inside look at iconic images of a gifted and troubled young actor. Biography, Drama. Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I actually hadn’t heard about this movie until a couple days ago, but I’m a little intrigued. Might be interesting. 

The Letters

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The life of Mother Teresa is explored through the letters that she wrote to her friend and spiritual advisor Father Celeste van Exam over 50 years as she tries to help the overwhelming number of poor in Calcutta. Drama. Rated PG for thematic material including images of human suffering. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This is another one I had no idea was happening. I know less about Mother Teresa than I probably should, so I’ll keep this one in mind. Maybe online streaming. 

December 11 (finally holy cow there are a lot of movies Dec. 4)

In The Heart of the Sea

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In the winter of 1820, a whaling ship from New England was assaulted by a mammoth-sized whale with an almost human sense of vengeance, pushing the crew to their limits in a fight for survival against storms, starvation, panic and despair. While the captain (Benjamin Walker) searches for direction and the first mate (Chris Hemsworth) seeks to bring down the whale, the crew calls their beliefs, the value of their lives, and the morality of their trade into question. Based on the real-life maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby DickAction, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Just try to stop me. I’ve been planning on this one for months- I’m just happy I’m getting it in December rather than the original release date in March. 

Close Range

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A rogue soldier turned outlaw, Colton MacReady (Scott Adkins), rescues his niece from a powerful drug cartel, which thrusts him into a relentless fight to protect his family and an accidentally-obtained flash drive as the cartel descends on his home, a corrupt local sheriff (Nick Chinlund) and his crew of deputies in tow. Action, Crime. No Rating (?) but I’m assuming lots of violence and possibly some language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Eh. If I’m going to see an action film I’d rather go see MI-5. 

Don Verdean

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A self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) is hired by an ambitious paster to find sacred relics in the Holy Land. When Verdean fails, he attempts to cover it up and causes a comic conspiracy. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I’m going to go with NOOOOOO. 

December 18:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Thirty years after Return of the Jedi, the saga continues. Yes I know this is a terrible plot summary but it’s the only one available and honestly who really needs one for this movie? Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and potential language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This is much less about “if” and a whole lot more about “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY WHEN CAN I GET IN THIS THEATER”. 

Sisters

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Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home, and the second collaboration featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the main characters. Comedy. Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I dunno. I like these two…maybe I’ll enjoy it, maybe I’ll just wait for the Family Video release. 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

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Alvin, Simon and Theodore learn that Dave is planning to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami, gaining a new stepson they hate and (perhaps) sending them back to the forest. They have three days to get to Miami and stop the proposal, so they join forces with their terrible stepbrother to travel by air and by road to save life as they know it. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. Likelihood I’m going to see it: HAHAHAHA When did this franchise start making enough money to convince someone that a fourth (seriously fourth?!) installment was needed?!

Son of Saul 

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Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian prisoner who is forced to burn the corpses of his own people and tries to find a rabbi to bury the corpse of a boy he takes to be his son. As rebellion and liquidation looms, Saul turns away from the living to focus on the remains of the son he never took care of when he was alive. Drama, Horror, War, Thriller. Rated R for disturbing violent content and some graphic nudity. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This is another one I will probably wait to see when it comes out on Netflix. Couldn’t even have told you it was happening. 

December 23:

The Big Short

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Four outsiders in the world of finance predict the credit and housing collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed by betting against them. Drama. Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I’m actually a little intrigued. Looks like a good cast and fairly interesting story. 

December 25:

Point Break

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A young FBI agent (Luke Bracey) infiltrates a team of extreme sports athletes suspected of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Inspired by the 1991 classic, the agent goes deep undercover to prove that the athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes and discover what they’re after. Action, Crime, Thriller. Rated for sex/nudity, violence and gore, profanity, and frightening/intense scenes. Likelihood I’ll go see it: It kinda looks like Now You See Me with athletes. I think I’ll pass, though the visuals look good enough to merit a trip to Netflix in a few months/years. 

Joy

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The true story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) and her family across four generations as the title character invents the Miracle Mop and becoming a matriarch in her own right, rising to the founder of a powerful family business dynasty while facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love. Biography, Comedy, Drama. Rated PG-13 for profanity and frightening/intense scenes. Likelihood I’ll go see it: You know, I’ve only seen one Jennifer Lawrence movie-not because of her- and I have little to no inspiration to see a second one. 

Concussion

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In Pittsburgh, immigrant neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers CTE, a football-related brain trauma, that is caused by repeated concussions and puts players at risk for mental and physical health issues for the rest of their lives. He fights for this information to become public knowledge, despite the NFL’s resistance. Drama, Sport. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: My family and I have already decided this is what we’re doing for Christmas, and I am really excited for it. 

Daddy’s Home

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A mild-mannered step-father (Will Ferrell) strives to be the favorite when his wife’s ex-husband (Mark Wahlberg) comes for a visit, freewheeling and freeloading but larger than life in his children’s minds. Comedy. Rated PG for brief sex/nudity, profanity and frightening/intense scenes. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Despite the lack of originality, this actually looks pretty funny. I’ll keep it in mind. 

What are you looking forward to this December? Which movies do you think I should see and review?

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