Doesn’t it always seem like Oscar season is just around the corner? Well in this case, it actually is. December is full of Oscar hopefuls, including Inherent Vice, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Wild. We even bet that Meryl Streep will win another Oscar for Into the Woods. Here are a few films you should keep an eye out for this month:
For the Indie Lover:
Wild (Dec. 5, Limited Release)
Based on the true story of one woman’s 1100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, a woman who decided to go on the long trek following both the death of her mother (Laura Dern) and her resulting downward spiral into sex and heroin addiction. The gorgeous cinematography will draw you in, but Witherspoon’s performance will keep you entranced.
For the Conspiracy Theorist:
Inherent Vice (Dec. 12)
Starring a whole slew of Hollywood favorites—Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix and Owen Wilson, to name a few—it’s obvious that this film will be a winner. This Paul Thomas Anderson film stars Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a druggie private eye sporting some gnarly sideburns in early-1970s L.A. An old flame draws Doc into conspiracy plot involving her current lover and he’s soon involved way over his head.
For the Big Budget Fan:
Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec. 12)
Think of this epic film as a live action, non-musical version of The Prince of Egypt starring Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, and Sigourney Weaver and directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator). Bale sports some guy-liner to play Moses, the adopted brother of the Pharaoh (Joel Edgerton), who rises up against his brother to free the slaves. Throw in some parting of the Red Sea, some nasty plagues and you’ve got a blockbuster of biblical proportions.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (Dec. 17)
With this final installment in The Hobbit trilogy, the ten-year plus The Lord of the Rings saga comes to an end with a bang as Bilbo Baggins and company fight to save Middle Earth from devastating destruction and war. Don’t forget to wear your blonde Legolas wigs to the premiere.
For the Theatre Folk:
Annie (Dec. 19)
Everyone’s favorite orphan gets a makeover in this modern day adaptation starring youngster Quvenzhané Wallis (uniquely sans red hair) as the title character, Jamie Foxx as doting Daddy Warbucks (in this case named Will Stacks) and Cameron Diaz as the frazzled and desperate Miss Hannigan. We bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be singing these songs for weeks.
Into the Woods (Dec. 25)
Based on Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical about the interwoven tales of familiar fairy tale characters, we’ll admit that we’re probably most excited about this movie so we can hear Chris Pine sing. He’s joined by an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.
For the History Buff:
Unbroken (Dec. 25)
Directed by Angelina Jolie, this true story tells the incredible account of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and WWII veteran who survived on a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash and was then sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Count this film as one that’s sure to offer you a little bit of perspective about your life.