It’s that time of year, when life is gets so hectic and busy that sometimes you just need a way to escape it all. What better place to do that than the movies? Here are a few of the many December flicks that promise to deliver a few hours of escape and are headed to a big-screen near you.
Playing for Keeps
If you are looking for a romantic comedy to see this season, “Playing for Keeps” may be for you. George Dryer (Gerard Butler) is a former professional soccer player who returns home and is looking for a way to strengthen his relationship with his son. George takes the opportunity to coach his son’s soccer team and soon finds out that soccer moms are included along with the players. Throughout his ups and downs, George searches for what he truly wants. Gerard Butler alongside Jessica Biel make a cute team you can’t help but cheer for.
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
“Lord of the Ring” fans, rejoice! Adventures in Middle Earth return with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The first movie in the trilogy, the film follows the great adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who is on a mission to reclaim treasure among a lost dwarf kingdom with Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves. Of course, being in Middle Earth, there are many other adventures to be had. One of the most notable includes Bilbo venturing upon Gollum and the One Ring. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,” this tale is about true courage and bravery.
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
“The Impossible” follows a family who are beginning their vacation in Thailand right before the tsunami of 2004 strikes. Natural disasters are devastating and this dramatic movie makes everything appear extremely realistic. The emotional story of true events and the survival within a family looks outstanding and incredibly moving.
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor
Twenty-five years after making its musical debut on Broadway,“Les Misérables” the musical has been made into a motion picture. Set in France during the 19th century, the film revolves around an ex-prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), and the man after his freedom, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Also intertwined is how Valjean promises to look over Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) daughter and the importance of standing up for the weak. With incredible vocals from an impressive cast, “Les Misérables” is one of the most talked about movies being released this winter.
Release Date: December 25, 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried