As we embark on the final quarter of 2012, we prepare for a number of blockbusters which will inevitably permeate the holiday season.
Remember, these films won’t necessarily get the best ratings or dominate the box office.
But they will entertain.
After somewhat of a hiatus, James Bond returns for his 23rd feature film. Inevitably, the explosions are bigger, the cars are faster and the stakes are higher. For most of us, Quantum of Solace wasn’t the Bond movie we anticipated (the storyline was a mess). Fortunately, Skyfall looks to return to the form of Casino Royale, and then some.
Coming November 9th.
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Ironically, this isn’t necessarily a slapstick comedy. Instead, Judd Apatow and crew return with the unofficial sequel to Knocked Up. Revolving around the complicated marriage of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), this dramedy should provide laughs and serve as a cautionary tale.
Coming December 21st.
Killing Them Softly
In short, this film could mark the end of mindless action movies. Focused on protagonist Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), the movie investigates the aftermath of a high-stakes robbery. Its smart writing, action and cast make it a “must see” movie.
Coming October 19th.
Silver Linings Playbook
This is a rom-com chick flick. The premise is nothing special. A former mental patient (who’s trying to balance out his life) begins a relationship with his neighbour. You’ve got Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) as your two lovebirds. The kicker is the writing. It’s sharper than a chef’s knife. The chemistry between the characters is amazing. They cut the bull-crap and say what’s on their mind, consequences be damned. It’s hard to explain. Watch the trailer.
Coming November 21st.
Life Of Pi
One boy, one Bengal tiger, and one boat. Sounds like a recipe for a fantastic or fantastically crappy movie. Given director Ang Lee’s track record, a great movie seems likely. The premise (about a teenage boy living on a small lifeboat following a shipwreck with a 400 pound Bengal Tiger) is intriguing and based on the critically acclaimed book. This promises to be an emotional roller-coaster of friendship, loss, and hope.
Coming December 14th.
No matter which angle you look at it, Seven Psychopaths is a hit. The plot revolves around a group of guys with their own problems and a dog they stole from the wrong man. It stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken.
Now in theatres (released October 12th).
It’s been 3 years since Quentin Tarantino’s released Inglorious Basterds. Django Unchained is set in the deep south during the American Civil War . The movie follows Django (a slave) and Dr. King Shultz (a dentist); bounty hunters in search of the Brittle Brothers (a gang). It sounds like serious business, but in classic Tarantino fashion he somehow manages to put his satirical twist on it.
Catch it Christmas Day, December 25th.
The Wachowski siblings are at it again (From the Matrix films) with an adaption of the novel Cloud Atlas. The synopsis is hard to explain. I would tell you to see the trailer but it doesn’t really help. Cloud Atlas is a different kind of narrative, and one we haven’t seen on the big screen. As a result, it could be mindbogglingly amazing or awful. With that being said, it’s certainly unique and should be given a chance.
Coming October 26th.
Are you excited about The Hobbit? You should be. Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings cast are back to reprise their roles from Gandalf to Elrond. Inevitably, this seems like a surefire hit. Interestingly, several movies were pushed to 2012 to avoid being overpowered by The Hobbit at the box office. If that’s not a telltale sign, I don’t know what is.
Coming November 28th.