December is the best time of year for movie releases. From the blockbuster releases, such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, to the Oscar-worthy films that wait until the end of the year for consideration, such as Young Adult and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, December is definitely the month of giving from Hollywood.
We want to know: Which December film are you most excited to see? Take a look at the trailers from the wealth of offerings this month and vote in Movie Fanatic's poll below!
The Adventures of Tintin: Steven Spielberg directs while Peter Jackson is producer on the big screen adaptation of the wildly successful Tintin book series. The film is a complete motion capture masterpiece in the vein of Robert Zemekis’ A Christmas Carol and feels like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and some of cinema’s great mysteries.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Finally John le Carre’s classic novel hits the big screen. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stars Gary Oldman in a role that is likely to earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor while the film itself is a contender for Best Picture.
Young Adult: Charlize Theron is back in a big way in the story of a Young Adult author who goes back to her hometown for her high school reunion. She has an agenda: Steal away her high school sweetheart from his wife.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the latest Guy Ritchie-directed epic based on the book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This time out the action is more amplified, the priceless banter between its leads is even more sharp and Doyle’s greatest Sherlock villain is front and center: Moriarty.
We Bought a Zoo: Cameron Crowe directs Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the true story of a widower who buys a Southern California zoo in order to bring his family together. We Bought a Zoo is making a claim to grab the family movie-going audience and should more than achieve in that effort.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: This film has Oscar contender written all over it. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the story of a boy who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks and believes his father has left clues for him all over New York City. The film stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol: Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the fourth Mission Impossible film. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol begins with an explosion at the Kremlin and Hunt’s IMF team is blamed. The gang must go undercover to clear their name and find those responsible for the attack.
War Horse: Steven Spielberg’s second directorial feature during December finds the director returning to the battlefields of Europe in the story of a man and his horse. War Horse is based on the best-selling book and the play that is currently heating up Broadway.
The Darkest Hour: Emile Hirsch headlines a cast of Americans who are enjoying their time in Moscow when an alien invasion occurs. They are the last hope for mankind in the effort to rid the planet of the colonization efforts of an alien species.
New Year’s Eve: From Garry Marshall comes New Year’s Eve, the film that picks up where Valentine’s Day left off. New Year’s Eve features two dozen of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Robert De Niro, Halle Berry and Hilary Swank in an ensemble piece about how a group of New Yorkers marks New Year’s Eve.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Movie Fanatic’s most excited about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this December. The David Fincher-directed film is based on the blockbuster book by Stieg Larsson about a young woman, Lisbeth (Rooney Mara), who is hired to help solve a 40-year-old murder.
Which December movie are you most excited for?