This Month in Movies: Inherent Vice, The Interview, and more...
It's no secret that the best movies are saved for last. In anticipation of the Academy Awards in January, studios save their most prestigious movies for the end of the year -- which means you have a whole lot more to look forward to this month! Check out our picks below.
1. Inherent Vice (Opens December 12)
Based on Thomas Pynchon's bestselling novel, Inherent Vice follows private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, only to be thrown into a series of misadventures along the way. This thriller also featuers Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, and Josh Brolin.
2. Top Five (Opens December 12)
Considered one of Chris Rock's strongest directorial efforts to date, Top Five follows a comedian's attempt at a serious acting career when his reality-TV star fiancée (Rosario Dawson) convinces him to broadcast their wedding on her TV show. Also featuring Adam Sandler and Kevin Hart.
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Opens December 17)
The final movie in director Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies follows an apocalyptic battle between Sauron's goons and the Men, Elves, and Dwarves in an effort to keep Smaug from destroying all of Middle-Earth.
4. Annie (Opens December 19)
This revamp of the classic 1977 Broadway hit features Quvenzhané Wallis (of Beasts of the Southern Wild fame) as little orphan Annie, who escapes from her hard-knock life under the so-called "care" of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes her under his wing.
5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Opens December 19)
The third installment of Night at the Musuem, which follows night watchman Larry Daley (Ben Still) on a quest to save the magic of the museum, is also the final film for late actors Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney.
6. Mr. Turner (Opens December 19)
Mr. Turner explores the life of celebrated British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spell), a troubled genius both loved and hated by the British public and royalty.
7. Selma (12/25)
The first movie to fully chronicle the life of Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo), Selma follows the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches led by MLK. Also featuring Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding, and Oprah Winfrey.
8. The Interview (Opens December 26)
From the Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg duo that brought you This is the End and Neighbors, The Interview features James Franco as Dave Skylark, a host on a cheesy entertainment show who manages to score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). The CIA, getting word of this, order Skylark and his producer (Seth Rogen) to assassinate North Korea's "Dear Leader." (International controversy, anyone?)
9. American Sniper (Opens December 26)
Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring a beefed-up Bradley Cooper, this biopic chronicles the life of the most skilled sniper in American history: Chris Kyle, otherwise known as "Legend."
10. Into the Woods (Opens December 26)
Adapted from the hit 1986 Broadway musical, Into the Woods explores the lives of some of the classic Disney Princesses post-happily ever after. This comedy-musical follows a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) after they have a curse placed on them by an evil witch (Meryl Streep) and must go into the woods to lift the curse. On their adventure, they encounter Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince Charming (Chris Pine), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), and more.
What movie are you the most excited for? Let us know in the comments!