2015 Holiday Movie Preview

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With the holidays right around the corner, there are still a ton of huge movies to be released this year. Starting with the year’s Thanksgiving releases, this is possibly the best time of the year to go to the movies. We’ve picked ten movies not to miss in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

Photo Credit:The Good Dinosaur Pixar already hit one slam dunk this year, but can they sneak in another? Inside Out will be nearly I possible to top, but The Good Dinosaur looks to boast impressive visuals and an old-fashioned adventure. After the terror inducing dinos of Jurassic World, this lighter prehistoric fare could be a major hit. (Nov. 25) The Danish Girl In this landmark year for LGBT issues, Eddie Redmayne stars as the first person to ever undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne is coming off of an Oscar win last year for the exceptional The Theory of Everything. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), this important, timely drama strives to be a big awards contender. (Nov. 27) Macbeth Being the only film on this list we’ve seen, we’re excited for the rest of the world to see one of the better Shakespeare adaptations on film in quite some time. Michael Fassbender, who’s having the year of his career, and Marion Cotillard are perfectly cast as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, while the film’s Game of Thrones-style visuals inject new purpose into this age-old classic. (Dec. 4) Krampus Just in time for the holidays, we’re getting a horror-comedy for the ages. From Michael Dougherty, the director of the direct-to-DVD surprise that was Trick ‘r Treat, this spooky Christmas tale brings the German legend of Krampus to life. He’s essentially the evil version of Santa Claus. Throw in Adam Scott and Toni Collette, and this is just another reason to celebrate the season. (Dec. 4) Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens What’s there even to write about at this point? You’ve seen the trailers, probably even dissected them to the point of driving yourself mad. You’ve heard all the talk of practical effects and how much Star Wars means to the filmmakers. All you have to do now is get tickets, which, if you haven’t yet, stop reading this and just go get them. You’re not going to want to miss it. (Dec. 18) Sisters Does it seem like a poor choice to have what would probably be a pretty big hit coming out the same day as the start of a new Star Wars trilogy? Yes. I’m actually not sure what Universal was thinking. They’re probably still rolling in the historic amount of money they made this year. Regardless, it’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The movie speaks for itself. (Dec. 18) Joy David O. Russell, who has already churned out several of the best films of the decade, reunites with Jennifer Lawrence in a biopic of the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Lawrence is perfect for the tone the film seems to be trying to achieve, which is the darkest of dark comedies. With Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also starring, we might have another instant classic on our hands. (Dec. 25) The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino has made quite a stink about his latest Western romp. First, the script leaked and he said he wasn’t going to make it. Now, he’s made it, but he’s made two versions, one with an overture and intermission, that are for different formats. He’s releasing it only in 70mm first, for all the film school snobs out there. But a Tarantino movie is still bound to be a bunch of fun. (Dec. 25) The Revenant If The Hateful Eight doesn’t quite fill your holiday Western quota, fear not! Birdman director Alejandro G. Inarritu is back at the helm for this gritty revenge story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. With arguably the best trailer of 2015 under its belt, hype is slowly building for one of the year’s most anticipated awards contenders. (Dec. 25) AnomalisaThe Good Dinosaur

Pixar already hit one slam dunk this year, but can they sneak in another? Inside Out will be nearly I possible to top, but The Good Dinosaur looks to boast impressive visuals and an old-fashioned adventure. After the terror inducing dinos of Jurassic World, this lighter prehistoric fare could be a major hit. (Nov. 25)

 

Photo Credit:The Good Dinosaur Pixar already hit one slam dunk this year, but can they sneak in another? Inside Out will be nearly I possible to top, but The Good Dinosaur looks to boast impressive visuals and an old-fashioned adventure. After the terror inducing dinos of Jurassic World, this lighter prehistoric fare could be a major hit. (Nov. 25) The Danish Girl In this landmark year for LGBT issues, Eddie Redmayne stars as the first person to ever undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne is coming off of an Oscar win last year for the exceptional The Theory of Everything. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), this important, timely drama strives to be a big awards contender. (Nov. 27) Macbeth Being the only film on this list we’ve seen, we’re excited for the rest of the world to see one of the better Shakespeare adaptations on film in quite some time. Michael Fassbender, who’s having the year of his career, and Marion Cotillard are perfectly cast as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, while the film’s Game of Thrones-style visuals inject new purpose into this age-old classic. (Dec. 4) Krampus Just in time for the holidays, we’re getting a horror-comedy for the ages. From Michael Dougherty, the director of the direct-to-DVD surprise that was Trick ‘r Treat, this spooky Christmas tale brings the German legend of Krampus to life. He’s essentially the evil version of Santa Claus. Throw in Adam Scott and Toni Collette, and this is just another reason to celebrate the season. (Dec. 4) Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens What’s there even to write about at this point? You’ve seen the trailers, probably even dissected them to the point of driving yourself mad. You’ve heard all the talk of practical effects and how much Star Wars means to the filmmakers. All you have to do now is get tickets, which, if you haven’t yet, stop reading this and just go get them. You’re not going to want to miss it. (Dec. 18) Sisters Does it seem like a poor choice to have what would probably be a pretty big hit coming out the same day as the start of a new Star Wars trilogy? Yes. I’m actually not sure what Universal was thinking. They’re probably still rolling in the historic amount of money they made this year. Regardless, it’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The movie speaks for itself. (Dec. 18) Joy David O. Russell, who has already churned out several of the best films of the decade, reunites with Jennifer Lawrence in a biopic of the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Lawrence is perfect for the tone the film seems to be trying to achieve, which is the darkest of dark comedies. With Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also starring, we might have another instant classic on our hands. (Dec. 25) The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino has made quite a stink about his latest Western romp. First, the script leaked and he said he wasn’t going to make it. Now, he’s made it, but he’s made two versions, one with an overture and intermission, that are for different formats. He’s releasing it only in 70mm first, for all the film school snobs out there. But a Tarantino movie is still bound to be a bunch of fun. (Dec. 25) The Revenant If The Hateful Eight doesn’t quite fill your holiday Western quota, fear not! Birdman director Alejandro G. Inarritu is back at the helm for this gritty revenge story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. With arguably the best trailer of 2015 under its belt, hype is slowly building for one of the year’s most anticipated awards contenders. (Dec. 25) AnomalisaThe Danish Girl

In this landmark year for LGBT issues, Eddie Redmayne stars as the first person to ever undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne is coming off of an Oscar win last year for the exceptional The Theory of Everything. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), this important, timely drama strives to be a big awards contender. (Nov. 27)

 

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Being the only film on this list we’ve seen, we’re excited for the rest of the world to see one of the better Shakespeare adaptations on film in quite some time. Michael Fassbender, who’s having the year of his career, and Marion Cotillard are perfectly cast as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, while the film’s Game of Thrones-style visuals inject new purpose into this age-old classic. (Dec. 4)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2884018/?ref_=nv_sr_1Krampus

Just in time for the holidays, we’re getting a horror-comedy for the ages. From Michael Dougherty, the director of the direct-to-DVD surprise that was Trick ‘r Treat, this spooky Christmas tale brings the German legend of Krampus to life. He’s essentially the evil version of Santa Claus. Throw in Adam Scott and Toni Collette, and this is just another reason to celebrate the season. (Dec. 4)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/?ref_=nv_sr_1Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

What’s there even to write about at this point? You’ve seen the trailers, probably even dissected them to the point of driving yourself mad. You’ve heard all the talk of practical effects and how much Star Wars means to the filmmakers. All you have to do now is get tickets, which, if you haven’t yet, stop reading this and just go get them. You’re not going to want to miss it. (Dec. 18)

 

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Does it seem like a poor choice to have what would probably be a pretty big hit coming out the same day as the start of a new Star Wars trilogy? Yes. I’m actually not sure what Universal was thinking. They’re probably still rolling in the historic amount of money they made this year. Regardless, it’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The movie speaks for itself. (Dec. 18)

 

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David O. Russell, who has already churned out several of the best films of the decade, reunites with Jennifer Lawrence in a biopic of the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Lawrence is perfect for the tone the film seems to be trying to achieve, which is the darkest of dark comedies. With Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also starring, we might have another instant classic on our hands. (Dec. 25)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino has made quite a stink about his latest Western romp. First, the script leaked and he said he wasn’t going to make it. Now, he’s made it, but he’s made two versions, one with an overture and intermission, that are for different formats. He’s releasing it only in 70mm first, for all the film school snobs out there. But a Tarantino movie is still bound to be a bunch of fun. (Dec. 25)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663202/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Revenant

If The Hateful Eight doesn’t quite fill your holiday Western quota, fear not! Birdman director Alejandro G. Inarritu is back at the helm for this gritty revenge story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. With arguably the best trailer of 2015 under its belt, hype is slowly building for one of the year’s most anticipated awards contenders. (Dec. 25)

 

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Having not been part of a film project since 2008’s Synecdoche New York, Charlie Kaufman is returning in a big way just as the year closes. This new film by the man behind Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind sees the celebrated director/screenwriter delving into stop-motion animation. The buzz is huge on this one, making it one last movie not to miss before 2015 closes out. (Dec. 30)

 

Are there other films you’re excited to see for the rest of the year? Let us know in the comments!

 

By Matt Dougherty

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