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The 10 Must See Movies of December 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 

Opens December 20th

You should never expect too much from comedy sequels. There are only a few that come to mind which are even remotely good, but in the case of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, it’s a passion project, not a cash grab. Paramount was always hesitant to make the film, but it finally, and thankfully, came together.

The return of the oblivious, sexist, ignorant, and lovable anchorman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), is, from what I hear, very, very funny and straight up insane.

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Saving Mr. Banks

Opens December 20th

A heartwarming, if slightly false, portrayal of author P.L. Travers (Emma Thomspon) keeping Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) hands away from her beloved Marry Poppins. Its sugarcoating aside, John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks is an exceptionally pleasing film with a noteworthy ensemble. This is the perfect movie to see come Christmas with your family.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Opens December 25th

Probably the most anticipated movie of the month and the year, and rightfully so. Martin Scorsese‘s 3 hour epic is another rise and fall crime picture, starring his muse Leonardo DiCaprio as a crazed stock broker. Only a few have seen The Wolf of Wall Street after it was brought down to a releasable runtime, but early reviews don’t matter much when it’s for Scorsese picture. His name says it all.

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Labor Day

Opens December 25th

Labor Day is the tearjerker of the month, based on the festival buzzJason Reitman‘s adaptation follows Josh Brolin as an escaped inmate who falls in love with a mother, played by Kate Winslet, who he kind of kidnaps along with her kid. Labor Day sounds weepy, and that’s exactly what a movie should be when it features cops trying to tear apart Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 

Opens December 25th

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not an awards movie. Whoever is promoting that notion is doing director/star Ben Stiller‘s remake a serious disservice. Beyond the terrific technical work, it’s a soft movie. That’s not a dig, because the simple heart-on-its-sleeve approach is what makes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty appealing. The story of a 40-something daydreamer is an all around nice movie, with easy-on-the-eyes locations, a charming lead, and a payoff that makes a few of its narrative shortcomings worth the journey. Critics will be divided, but it’ll be a hit with audiences come Christmas.

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Honorable Mentions: Swerve, Expecting, and The Invisible Woman

What do you plan to see this month?

All you really need to know about Jack is his favorite movies are: The Last Detail, Rumble Fish, Sunset Boulevard, The Truman Show, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Closer, Shadow of a Doubt, Spider-Man 2, Jaws, Adaptation, Get Carter, The Last Days of Disco, Carnal Knowledge, Almost Famous, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Ed Wood, Barton Fink, and L.A. Confidential.

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