Weekend Movie Preview: 12/20-12/22


Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the land, everyone was buzzing about the new Anchorman. It’s finally here, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is the long-awaited sequel  to one of the most quoted movies of the last decade. This time Ron and his news reading buddies look to take on New York and it’s 24/7 news channel, GNN. While the buzz is high, only time will tell us if this sequel “stays classy.” In what might be a runaway hit, an all-star team that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence star is “American Hustle.” The crime drama centers around a con man who is caught by an FBI agent and is forced to help take down some seriously connected bad guys so he and his crew can stay out of trouble. Another movie that is sure to entertain is Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. This is the story of how one of Disney’s most popular movies, ‘Mary Poppins,’ came to be. Should make for a great family movie or for anyone who enjoys history being told in a dramatic way. And now, here’s a look at what else is out this weekend:

Opening This Week – December 20

American Hustle (2013) Poster

American Hustle (2013) – [12/18]

Certificate R 138 min   –   Crime | Drama

Metascore: 88/100 (40 reviews)
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

David O. Russell

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THE BUZZ: In the recent past, David O. Russell’s pushy, questionable directing style seemed like a potential career-ender, but he’s been on a box-office/Oscar-earning roll, and for his latest project he’s mashed together the casts of his two most successful outings (The Fighterand Silver Linings Playbook) into a 70s-set true-crime drama with period styling that looks more outrageous than Argo‘s.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Poster

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Certificate PG-13 119 min   –   Comedy

Metascore: 62/100 (39 reviews)
With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Adam McKay

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THE BUZZ: The most quoted movie of the last decade gets its long-awaited sequel just in time for Christmas. Even though they’ve become major comedy stars in the years since, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are all back to reprise their roles as idiotic, misogynistic, but oddly endearing newsmen. Comedy sequels are notoriously disappointing (I’m looking at you, The Hangover Part II), and there’s almost no chance it lives up to the original movie’s legacy. Milk may have been a bad decision, but I’m optimistic that Anchorman 2 isn’t. — Ray Subers

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Poster

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) – [Expansion]

Certificate PG-13 125 min   –   Biography | Comedy | Drama | Family | History |Music

Metascore: 66/100 (42 reviews)
Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

John Lee Hancock

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THE BUZZ: John Lee Hancock follows up The Blind Side with what has to be one of the most bankable releases of the year – a solidifying return to movie stardom for Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Ditto Emma Thompson and, well, pretty much everyone else in the cast. But we’re stumped as to why the film’s marketing campaign has barely acknowledged its director’s mighty success with his previous effort, especially since both movies have a similar feel-good vibe.

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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013)

Certificate PG 87 min   –   Animation | Action | Family

Metascore: 37/100 (15 reviews)
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
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THE BUZZ: Fox has kept a lid on this grand-scale adaptation of the BBC mini-series (and eventual ongoing series) after a breakout debut at the American Film Market in 2010 (an event where any number of projects are announced but never seem to materialize).

Dhoom: 3 (2013) Poster

Dhoom: 3 (2013)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Trained as a circus entertainer by his father, the adult Sahir co-stars in a circus alongside the gymnast Aaliya, though his true motive is to rob the show’s owners, whom he believes were responsible for his father’s murder.
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THE BUZZ: The latest installment in this franchise pulled a J.J. Abrams by keeping its storyline a secret, though the details that emerged earned comparisons to another global hit, Now You See Me.

Her (2013) Poster

Her (2013) – [12/18 — Limited]

Certificate R 126 min   –   Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 91/100 (27 reviews)
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Spike Jonze

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THE BUZZ: It’s so cool that Warner Bros. is taking a chance on Spike Jonze’s offbeat follow-up to Where the Wild Things Are; it’s hard to imagine film executives looking up from their tablets in excitement after being pitched a story about a man who falls in love with an operating system. Starring foot-in-mouth specialist Joaquin Phoenix.

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The Past (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 130 min   –   Drama | Mystery

Metascore: 82/100 (21 reviews)
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.

Asghar Farhadi

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THE BUZZ: Asghar Farhadi’s follow up to A Separation is looking just as strong in the nominations/awards department, with a recent Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a likely Oscar nomination or two. Berenice Bejo might be a dark horse for a Best Actress nomination, but she did win the same award at Cannes earlier this year.

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The Selfish Giant (2013) – [Limited]

91 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 84/100 (16 reviews)
The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.

Clio Barnard

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THE BUZZ: Director Clio Barnard has pulled in a considerable number of awards for her second film and feature debut and earned her a series of personal accolades, with many people calling her the most promising British filmmaker in some time.


So which movie(s) are you going to see this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.



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