Winter Movie Preview: December 2015

December 4

Krampus

Adam Scott and Toni Collette star in this Christmas-themed horror movie about a demon terrorizing a family suffering through a bad Christmas. It kind of looks like Santa’s Slay, but hopefully more bad-good than that movie, which is disappointingly bad-bad.


Macbeth

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of the Scottish Play. It’s been getting mixed reviews ever since Cannes.

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Youth

Michael Caine stars in Paolo Sorrentino’s new film about a retired conductor coming back to the symphony for one last gig (maybe). I’m not doing it justice—this movie is great. Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz co-star.

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December 11

The Big Short

One of my favorite movies of the year, a highly entertaining, incredibly infuriating look at the 2008 economic collapse from the point of view of the few people who saw it coming.

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In the Heart of the Sea

The book this movie is based on is FANTASTIC, so I have some hopes for this movie, even though the trailers make it look like a very conventional rah-rah human spirit movie.

The book has a lot of cannibalism and insane people with bones in their beards.

 

December 18

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip

NO.

 

Sisters

A merciful person would see this movie set against Star Wars and think it’s counter-programming for the two people who don’t want to see Star Wars. I am not merciful—Sisters has been sent here to die.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Please. Like this movie needs an introduction.

 

December 23

45 Years

Sad Old People: The Movie.

No seriously, this is a great, heartbreaking movie, and Charlotte Rampling is CRAZY GOOD.

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The Big Short

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December 25

Carol 

Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt is an exquisitely detailed, oddly remote look at repression and society in the mid-twentieth century. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are super good, but the film is so cold it’s hard to fully connect with it.

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Concussion

Man, fuck the NFL.

 

Daddy’s Home

I’m a big fan of The Other Guys, but this looks terrible.

 

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino’s recent run of historical revisionist films has really been doing it for me. Hateful Eight looks like the next great Tarantino film. Also, I love all of Jennifer Jason Leigh’s facial expressions in this trailer.

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Joy

Jennifer Lawrence is always watchable, but outside of her, this looks like a mess. Every David O. Russell film since The Fighter has gone down in quality.

 

Point Break

This movie is an abomination.

 

The Revenant

Aka, Leo Crawls Through Literal Shit For An Oscar.

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December 30

Anomalisa

One of the best films I’ve ever seen. Ever. You’re probably going to have to go out of your way to see it, but it will totally be worth it.

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3 thoughts on “Winter Movie Preview: December 2015

  1. Agent K

    I adore the cast they put together for The Big Short. You just don’t see that anymore and it makes me like all of the actors who agreed to it.

    So can we start getting OK with the fact that Star Wars might not beat Avatar…or Titanic. I mean it, can we? I don’t think I will be able to stand the hundreds of “what went wrong” think pieces if it tops out at $1.5 billion or so. Seriously Internet if it comes in below a billion international or say $480 million domestic? We can talk. Otherwise? Shut up.

  2. Sunny

    Interested in seeing the Big Short. The Michael Lewis book is FANTASTIC- his best since Liar’s Poker.

    Youth, Hateful Eight and Star Wars are at the top of my list and I am interested in seeing Carol. I loved Far From Heaven and I am hoping Haynes returns to form.

    Not interested in Joy at all but I will watch it because I think J Law is pretty much fantastic in everything,

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