There isn't one new film opening this weekend (12/6/13) that I really want to see. I know, "Out of the Furnace" has received praise from some critics, but I'm just not in the mood for seeing, "a stark, bleak, intense drama" - "a brutal and violent film" - "a solemn blood-soaked drama about brothers and broken dreams".
However, here's what we can look forward to for the rest of the year:
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - The second leg of the second trilogy when Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf hook up with 13 dwarfs to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor
"Saving Mr. Banks" - Tom Hanks stars at Walt Disney, trying to get P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) the author of "Mary Poppins" to give him the rights to make the movie. She's a pretty stubborn lady and wants it done her way.
13th Annual Music Box Christmas Show begins featuring "White Christmas" & "It's A Wonderful Life". Both films will be shown 2 or 3 times every Friday, Saturday or Sunday thru December 22nd and again on Mon 12/23 and Tues 12/24. There's also a sing-along of Christmas Carols. accompanied by Dennis Scott at the theatre organ with lyrics projected onto the screen. The Music Box is at 3733 No. Southport Ave. For tickets and more details call 773-871-6607 or go to www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/30th-annual-music-box-christmas-show.
"American Hustle" - A David O. Russell film with good advance word. Christian Bale plays a brilliant con man who along with his partner an equally cunning and seductive Brit played by Amy Adams is forced to work for a wild FBI Agent (Bradley Cooper) and they are pushed into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting.
"Anchorman 2" - Will Ferrell is back as legendary San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy. Kristen Wiig is back as the love interest and Paul Rudd and Steve Carell also return as the entire news crew moves to New York to work for a 24 hr. news channel.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" - A new Coen brothers film about a struggling folk singer trying to make his way through life back in the early 60's.
"August: Osage County"- The film version of Tracey Letts' Steppenwolf Theatre play starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch. A dysfunctional family gathers together following the death of its patriarch.
"Grudge Match" - Two retired boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) settle a long-standing beef by heading back into the ring in a move they're calling a comedy.
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - A remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye adaptation of James Thurber's short story about a man who daydreams of glory and heroism. Ben Stiller stars and directs himself, Shirley MacLaine and Kristen Wiig.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - Martin Scorsese's nearly 3 hr film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Leonardo DiCaprio stars.
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