Winter Movie Preview: December 2017

Let’s be honest, the only movie you care about this month is Star Wars, but there are a lot of solid indie options once you’ve seen that.

December 1

The Disaster Artist

James Franco’s hilarious and often touching adaptation of the book about the making of one of the most famous best-worst movies of all time, The Room. You do not need to know The Room to get The Disaster Artist, one of the year’s best comedies.

Full review here.

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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.

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Winter Movie Preview: December 2013

A week late, but whatever. The first weekend in December was relatively slow anyway.

December 6

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers’ latest revisits their musical fixation, but this time in 1960’s Greenwich Village. The movie is supposedly funnier than the bummer of a trailer, and though it comes as highly pedigreed as any Oscar hopeful, it isn’t generating much heat amidst a very crowded field. Bonus: The soundtrack—produced by the same team that made O Brother Where Are Thou?—is incredible.

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Winter Movie Preview: December

Did I forget to do this for November? Yes! Do I care? No! Will I ever remember to do these on time? Maybe!

On to the movies of December, a month crowded by hopeful holiday hits and last-minute Oscar bait.

December 7

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Done up in the style of a 1930’s comedy of manners, Weather is not getting the best reviews. That’s an incredibly hard style of film to mimic—we’re entirely too cynical as an audience these days—though by all accounts the period details are outstanding. Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) stars as Dolly, a bride holed up upstairs on her wedding day, battling a case of cold feet. Downstairs are her groom, Owen (James Norton, An Education), her ex, Joseph (Luke Treadaway, Attack the Block), and her mother, Countess Cora herself (Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern), who is determined to see the wedding is not derailed. Though I’m a big fan of Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), this doesn’t hold much interest for me.

Recommend instead: Death at a Funeral (the proper English version).

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Fall movie preview: December 2011

I think “fall” is a little misleading. It’s winter now. I should say “winter movie preview”. I should, but I won’t. Yeah, I’m a rebel like that.

December 2

A Warrior’s Heart

Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene star in this movie about the healing powers of lacrosse.

And that pretty much tells you everything you need to know.

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