December's Must-See Movies (And Their Amazing Costume Wardrobes!)
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Nope, it’s not a Tyler Perry production. Try Ed Burns. But Perry did have a hand in unwrapping this little gift of a movie. He inspired Burns to get back to those Irish Catholic roots he grew with the McMullens. Connie Britton co-stars opposite a cornucopia of familiar faces in the seasonal drama about a sprawling family making time for one another.
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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Affix your fascinator for a winter wedding at an English country manor. While bride Miss Dolly plays power hour with a bottle of rum, her two — good golly, two? — suitors wait anxiously downstairs. Afraid she’s picked the wrong man, she frets over hitching time, as we get sun-drenched flashbacks. Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern, and a fetching turtle star in the lighthearted film adaptation that premiered at the Tribeca Film Fest.
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In Our Nature
What happens when a little R&R turns into a lot of fight-or-flight? Brian Savelson’s SXSW debut feature about a dysfunctional family in the raw starring Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, and John Slattery. The plot is simple — young vegetarian butts heads with daddy workaholic, while their respective ladies smooth things over — but the performances are complex.
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Get inebriated on Chris Sullivan’s animated festival film that weaves through diabolical family secrets belonging to three intertwined characters (Earl Grey, Genny Violet, and Victor Blue) living in a rust belt town. It took Sullivan more than a decade to make (stop motion and cutouts take time), so let it all go down like an 18-year Macallan.
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Save the Date
Pencil in Michael Mohan’s modern take on an old tradition. Sure, you’re accustomed to the conjugal comedy by now, but this Sundancer starring Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie as sisters with opposing viewpoints on marriage merges refreshing rom com (500 Days of Summer) with classic filmmaking (Woody Allen, Mike Nichols) and a divine sound track (Nick Waterhouse, Wilco).
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Michael Haneke introduces us to eightysomethings Georges and Anne, retired music teachers going through the motions in France. Until Anne gets sick. No funny game (translation: It’s not a popcorn movie), Haneke’s stark vision of love trickled through the festival circuit picking up awards along the way (top prize at Cannes) and taught us one serious lesson: Love is all you need — and someone to wipe your bottom.
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Zero Dark Thirty
Not a doc, not fiction. Behold: the reported movie. One Hollywood didn’t want to touch. Leave it to indie financing to get lady lenser Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal’s gripping manhunt that makes Homeland look like Disneyland (no offense) off the ground. Already securing Best Picture and Director via the New York Film Critics Circle, the film starring a foulmouthed Jessica Chastain requires a very specific tactic on your part: the hurry-up.
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It swallowed a country. And somehow with tanks of dirty water and real-life tsunami survivors, Orphanage director J.A. Bayona re-created its wrath for the big screen. The Christmas story belongs to a Spanish family but unfolds through English actors Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as they cling to trees and rack up open wounds. Start to finish, it’s a tidal wave that hits you, moves through you, and will stay with you.
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Not Fade Away
He told you to not stop believing — David Chase is back with a debut set in the ’60s about a Jersey boy and his band. Premiering as NYFF’s Centerpiece, it’s been touring the festival circuit, belting out its impressive obtained music rights (the Stones and Bob Dylan). Written and directed by the creator behind the HBO series, the character-driven gig is an easygoing watch but not without the mobster undertones Chase is married to.
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On the Road
This Is 40
Ecstasy and mushrooms become Viagra and mammograms. And that
Saddle up, partner, we’re headed to the Antebellum South for a spaghetti Western Tarantino style (lots of red sauce). Production saw actors dropping faster than the Crazy 88 in Kill Bill (Costner, Russell, JGL), but the chain gang we’re left with — Christoph Waltz, Sam Jackson, Djamie Foxx (the D is silent) — is off the hook. And we finally get Leo DiCaprio noodling around as a villain.
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Move over, Andrea Bocelli. Hugh Jackman owns the tenor in Tom Hooper’s novel-to-stage-to-screen musical about a lot of people living lives not worth living. Other talented tonsils include those of Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Amanda Seyfried. No chord is left unstruck, no eye left dry (even the livestock need a hug).
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'Tis the season ... for hitting the movie theater! December is the perfect time to catch a blockbuster with the family or an indie flick with the one you love.
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