12 Movies You Can Catch in Theaters Next Month
December is always a big month for movies, with everything from holiday-themed flicks and last-minute Oscar contenders to indies hitting theaters. Here are 12 new films to see this month:
1. The Pyramid, December 5
Directed by Gregory Lavasseur, the upcoming horror movie follows the story of a team of archaeologists who discover a vast pyramid buried under the Egyptian desert. As they investigate, they end up getting lost within a complex labyrinth inside. While venturing deeper and deeper into the underground maze in an effort to escape, the group quickly realizes they are being hunted by an insidious creature. It stars Ashley Hinsaw, Denis O’ Hare, James Buckley, and Daniel Amerman.
2. Still Alice, December 5
The drama, based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name, stars Julianne Moore (who is already rumored to be a frontrunner in the Oscar race) in the role of Alice, a renowned professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As the condition progresses, her and her family’s relationships are tested. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, while Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children: Lydia, Anna, and Tom. The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, opens in limited theaters in December before expanding in January.
3. Exodus: Gods and Kings, December 12
The biblically inspired epic, directed by Ridley Scott, stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kinglsey. The movie is a big-screen take on the migration of the Hebrews from Egypt, chronicled in the Old Testament book of Exodus. It follows the defiant leader Moses (Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from the country and its frightening cycle of deadly plagues.
4. Top Five, December 12
Chris Rock directs and stars in this acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival comedy as Andre Allen, a comedian and recovering alcoholic-turned-actor who is looking to reboot his career and change the public’s perception of him by committing to a serious, more dramatic role. The plan ends up backfiring, but he catapults back to fame after announcing his impending televised marriage to a reality star (played by Gabrielle Union). For the sake of publicity, Andre agrees to an interview with a New Yorker reporter (Rosario Dawson), but it turns into quite the eventful task. The movie is chock-full of cameos from fellow comedic stars, including Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, and Jerry Seinfeld.
5. Inherent Vice, December 12
The upcoming dark comedy crime drama, based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name, stars Reese Witherspoon alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, and Jena Malone. The story follows private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello as he investigates his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in Los Angeles. The movie is the first feature film adapted from one of Pynchon’s works, and made its world premiere in October at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival. The movie opens in limited theaters on December 12 before expanding in early January.
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, December 17
The 2014 epic fantasy adventure, directed by Peter Jackson, is the third and final installment in the three-part film adaptation based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It follows Bilbo and company as they are forced to enter in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug in order to stop them from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-earth. The movie, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and more, will also be available in 3-D and IMAX.
7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, December 19
The third and final installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy stars a large ensemble cast that features Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingley, and Robin Williams in one of his final film roles. The sequel follows Stiller’s character, Larry Daley, as he travels across the globe, reuniting favorite and new characters in a quest to save the magical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah before it dies out forever.
8. Annie, December 19
Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis stars in the titular role of this contemporary Annie remake. The movie chronicles the classic story of the young foster child who’s been living a tough life under the eye of mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything changes when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) decides to take her in during a thinly veiled campaign move. Though Stacks believes he’s doing the young girl a favor, Annie’s optimism and bright attitude soon begins to win him over. Rose Byrn and Bobby Cannavale also co-star in the film.
9. Into the Woods, December 25
The Rob Marshall-directed upcoming film is an adaptation of the famed Stephen Sondheim Broadway stage musical, which takes a darker spin on the classic fairy tales. The story follows a group of fairy tale characters who enter a dangerous forest in the hopes of having their deepest wishes granted to them. The film’s ensemble cast includes some of the most popular actors in Hollywood today, including Meryl Streep as the Witch, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as the Prince, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, and Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf.
10. Unbroken, December 25
Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort follows the tale of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a former Olympic long-distance runner who becomes a World War II prisoner of war after surviving being lost at sea for more than 47 days. The film is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book of the same name. The movie, which was co-scripted by the Coen brothers and stars Jack O’Connell in the lead role, has already sparked Oscar buzz.
11. The Interview, December 25
The action-comedy stars James Franco and Seth Rogan as Dave Skylark and his producer, Aaron Rapoport, who run the popular celebrity TV show Skylar Tonight. When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they decide to interview him in an effort to prove they’re legitimate journalists. But as they try to prepare for the gig, the CIA recruits them to assassinate the leader, despite the fact that the two men are completely unqualified for the job.
12. Big Eyes, December 25
Directed by Tim Burton, the biopic, starring Amy Adams, chronicles the true but little-known story of famous artist Margaret Keane and her deceptive husband, Walter (played by Christopher Waltz). Keane first made as a name for herself as an artist in the late 1950s by creating kitschy portraits of children with huge, orb-like eyes. When the demand for Keane’s images began rising, her husband decided to take full credit for the work — a lie the artist was forced to go along with for years. Both the film and Adams are already stirring up talk of awards season attention.