The Month For Big Film Productions

—Scott Lakeram
—Scott Lakeram

December is the month of presents, lights and Christmas trees. Families gather together to watch classic holiday movies, such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The holidays are also the best time to go to the movies and watch big productions as the Oscar season gets underway.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13) starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Evangeline Lilly will be released on December 17. Directed by Peter Jackson, this adventure movie creates an alternate world, using live action and computer animation. The Hobbit brings a conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin and the Company of Dwarves. Upon reclaiming their homeland, the Company of Dwarves has released a deadly force onto the world. Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless people of Lake-town. Obsessed with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard his treasure while Bilbo frantically attempts to make Thorin see reason. The great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack to the Lonely Mountain. As darkness falls upon their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the Battle of the Five Armies, over the future of Middle-earth.

Unbroken (PG-13) starring Jack O’Connell will be released on December 25. Directed by Angelina Jolie, the film centers on war hero Louis Zamperini, played by O’Connell. During World War II, Zamperini must survive 47 days stranded at sea, only to be captured by the Japanese and become a prisoner of war.

Into the Woods (PG) starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp will also be released on December 25. Directed by Rob Marshall, this Walt Disney film has been given high praise by critics. Into the Woods is a modern twist on some of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairytales, such as Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, all tied together within a larger fairytale.

A Most Violent Year (R) starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will be released on December 31. Directed by J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year is set during the winter of 1981, one of the most crime-ridden years in New York City history. The film follows the life of an immigrant and his family as they pursue the American dream, fighting corruption, violence and decay.

Night at the Museum; Secret of the Tomb (PG) starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson will be released on December 19. Directed by Shawn Levy, the film takes the viewer around the world. Uniting all the characters from the previous two films, the friends must come together for an epic adventure to save the magic before it is gone forever.

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