Winter Movie Season: December 2009


In the past, there have been many December blockbuster hits including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This December seems to be the month of potential blockbuster hits with Academy Award winning directors behind them. Plenty of promotion has gone into James Cameron’s latest film “Avatar” which is an action/fantasy film starring Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation”). Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Invictus” has some Oscar buzz to it and it stars Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. Peter Jackson directs the screen adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” which has also garnered some Oscar buzz and it is definitely one of my top picks to see this December.

Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) brings “Nine” from stage to screen with an all-star cast including Academy Award Winners Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Another film that has Oscar buzz surrounding it is “Up in the Air” starring Academy Award Winner George Clooney. Before Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Iron Man role this summer, he first tackles on the role of “Sherlock Holmes”, which looks fun and action packed. Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale star in “Everybody’s Fine” which is probably the only film that takes place during the Holiday season. In terms of family films, there’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel”.

My spotlight picks of the month are “The Last Station” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. “The Last Station” is a historical drama based on author Leo Tolstoy’s life and the cast is top notch. The film stars Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”), James McAvoy (“Atonement”), and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is Heath Ledger’s (“The Dark Knight”) final film and looks to be quite a show. Well that’s my December overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out in the next month.

**NOTE: Theatrical Release Dates are subject to change.**

    December 2

  • Before Tomorrow (NY)
  • Made for Each Other (NY)
  • December 4

  • Across the Hall (NY, LA)
  • Armored
  • Brothers
  • Everybody’s Fine
  • The Last Station (NY, LA)
  • Paa (limited)
  • Serious Moonlight (NY, LA)
  • The Strip (limited)
  • Transylmania
  • Until the Light Takes Us (NY)
  • Up in the Air (limited; expands: Dec. 11; wide: Dec. 25)
  • December 11

  • A Single Man (NY, LA, SF; expands: Dec. 25; expands: Jan. 8)
  • Invictus
  • The Lovely Bones (limited; expands: Dec. 25; wide: Jan. 15)
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (NY)
  • Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (limited)
  • The Slammin’ Salmon (limited)
  • Yesterday Was a Lie (limited)
  • December 12

  • Ricky (NY)
  • December 16

  • Town Called Panic (NY)
  • Crazy Heart (NY, LA)
  • December 18

  • Avatar (conventional 3D theaters and IMAX 3D)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  • Nine (NY, LA; wide: Dec. 25)
  • The Young Victoria (limited; expands: Dec. 25)
  • December 23

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
  • Police, Adjective (limited)
  • December 25

  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (limited)
  • It’s Complicated
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • December 30

  • The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (NY, LA)
  • The White Ribbon (NY, LA)

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