The first weekend movie preview for December only finds one film hitting theaters this week that is new and that is Reese Witherspoon's Wild.
But that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot out there to check out. Let's break it down...
Wild: Witherspoon is all but guaranteed another Oscar nomination for her role as the real life Cheryl Strayed. And... she might even win, as we pointed out in our Wild review. Strayed was recovering from addiction and the fall-out of ruining her marriage, so she packed up a backpack and headed out on the Pacific Crest trail. And by the end of the journey, and thousands of miles that she walked, she would find herself anew.
It is a triumph of the spirit and one of the best movies of the year. Wild succeeds on many fronts and it is largely due to the power of Witherspoon's performance.
Already in theaters...
Mockingjay Part 1: Katniss is suffering from Hunger Games PTSD and struggling with the need of the rebellion for her to serve as the face of fighting against the Capitol. Will she rise above her issues and embrace revolution?
As reported in our Mockingjay Part 1 review, this film isn't quite as good as the first two, but it is going somewhere and that is Mockingjay Part 2 -- the conclusion of the Suzanne Collins page-to-screen epic.
Penguins of Madagascar: We love those penguins from the Madagascar movies and couldn't be more excited that they got their own adventure. They must stop an evil octopus named Dave (John Malkovich) who is determined to rid the world of penguins and much, much worse!
As our Penguins of Madagascar review pointed out, the animation pops, plus the introduction of Benedict Cumberbatch as the leader of the North Wind and the story itself are all fantastic. We cannot wait to see where these penguins go next!
Horrible Bosses 2: Although not quite as funny as Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2 manages to still bring a whole lot of laughs. Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day are fantastic together and, frankly, we'd watch these guys read a phone book. But, the kidnapping plot of this film adds a whole new level of awesomeness to this world as the stakes have never been higher.
For more, check out our Horrible Bosses 2 review.