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5 Must-See Movies in December

Week 3: The Impossible

Out in theaters on December 21st. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, the synopsis is “Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.” It is sure to be an emotionally powerful film that will definitely be recognized come awards season. It was such a sad day in 2004. The entire nation was sad, shocked and emotional. All my love and positive vibes to Thailand.

Check out our review of the film from AFI Film Fest.

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 4: Les Miserables

Out in theaters on Christmas day. Directed by Tom Hooper the film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne. The synopsis ” The motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year, Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.” This film has awards written all over it. The trailers give me chills. I’ve never seen the musical, so I’m excited to see the film.

Check out the beautiful character portraits for the film here. Also, check out an international trailer here.

Here’s a trailer:

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Holiday Bonus: Django Unchained

Out in theaters on Christmas day. Directed by Quentin Tarantino the film stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Kerry Washington, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Jonah Hill, Amber Tamblyn, James Remar, Zoe Bell,Tom Wopat, James Russo, Todd Allen.

Official Synopsis:

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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty.

The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody to battle each other for sport.

Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

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It has awards written all over it. Brilliant cast, awesome director and interesting story equals awards!

Here’s an article we did which includes the soundtrack listing for the film. Here are images from the film.

Here’s the trailer:

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Karin Abcarians is an advocate for geek girls everywhere. She runs the REAL GEEK GIRLS and REAL GEEK MOMS features. She's a writer, movie buff, and loves about 45 million shows. She's Captain America's biggest fan. Her alter-ego is BatKarin. Also, she loves Leonardo DiCaprio more than you do.