Movies Coming December 2014

The Pyramid

Release Date: December 5, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Grégory Levasseur
Screenwriter: Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa-Marie Nicola, Amir K.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

Wild

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenwriter: Nick Hornby
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin, Laura Dern, Keene McRae
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: In “Wild,” director Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (“An Education”) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. “Wild” powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures – as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Pioneer

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Wes Bentley, Aksel Hennie, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80’s, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

Comet

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Sam Esmail
Screenwriter: Sam Esmail
Starring: Justin Long, Emmy Rossum
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time—from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call—an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story.

Life Partners

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Susanna Fogel
Screenwriter: Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz
Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Kate McKinnon, Gabourey Sidibe
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: At 29, the most long-term relationship Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) have ever been in is with each other, using their co-dependent friendship as an excuse not to venture out into the dating world alone. But when Paige meets nerdy Tim (Adam Brody) and starts to get serious for the first time, the nature of their friendship begins to shift. Fearing she’s being cast aside, Sasha tries to keep their relationship the same, but does growing up also mean growing apart?

Murder of a Cat

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Gillian Greene
Screenwriter: Bob Snow, Christian Magalhars
Starring: Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, J.K. Simmons, Blythe Danner, Greg Kinnear
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Clinton Moisey is an iconoclastic, artisan action-figure designer who still lives in his mom’s basement, and is, by the standards of the world, a full-blown loser. But Clinton doesn’t have time to care about what others think of him; he’s too busy running a yard sale where he promotes his hardboiled detective toy line with his pet cat and best friend, “Mouser.” When Clinton wakes up one morning to find Mouser impaled by a crossbow arrow, he is devastated. Realizing that the local Sheriff is only interested in flirting with his mom, Clinton sets off on his own to find out who killed Mouser and why. As Clinton delves deeper into the case, he encounters a free-spirited weed dealer and part-time hair stylist to the elderly, a squeaky-clean Korean store clerk with a dark side, and a local celebrity on the verge of a nervous breakdown, ultimately uncovering a town-wide conspiracy far greater than he ever imagined. The comedic “Murder of a Cat” is a modern-day film noir set in the mundane world of the suburbs.

Take Care

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: eOne Films
Director: Liz Tuccilo
Screenwriter: Liz Tuccilo
Starring: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Marin Ireland, Betty Gilpin
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: When a car crash leaves Frannie immobilized, she is brushed off by everyone she can count on. With nowhere else to turn, Frannie reluctantly calls her ex, Devon, for help. It isn’t before long that old wounds emerge, and are made worse when Devon’s crazy new girlfriend also shows up.

Inherent Vice

Release Date: December 12, 2014
(limited; wide release: January 9, 2015)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newson
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp – all Thomas Pynchon.

Top Five

Release Date: December 12, 2014
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Chris Rock
Screenwriter: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, Michael Che
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s “Top Five” takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. “Top Five” digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today – holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, “Top Five” is an original and radically new kind of American movie. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “Top Five” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career–and the past–that he’s left behind.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Release Date: December 12, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Steve Zallian
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Prometheus”) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. sing state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Free the Nipple

Release date: TBD
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Lina EscoMPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Hunter Richards
Starring: Zach Grenier, Monique Coleman, Lina Esco, Casey LaBow, Griffin Newman, Lola Kirke
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: A group of fearless women fight for their right to go topless in public, as they smash societal taboos one bare breast at a time. Based on a true story, this spirited satire follows New York City activists Liv and With, who take their crusade for gender equality from the streets of the urban jungle to the courts. More than just a movie,Free the Nipple has launched an empowering real-life movement, inspiring women across the globe to take back their bodies.

The Hobbit:
The Battle of the Five Armies

Release Date: December 17, 2014
(3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenwriter: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantas
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Plot Summary: From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Annie

Release Date: December 19, 2014
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Will Gluck
Screenwriter: Emma Thompson, Aline Brosh McKenna, Will Gluck
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Cameron Diaz
Genre: Comedy, Musical
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Plot Summary: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, “Annie.” Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb

Release date: December 19, 2014
Studio: 20th Century FoxDirector: Shawn Levy
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild action, some rude humor and brief language)

Screenwriters: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Starring: Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

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Plot Summary: Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

The Gambler

Release Date: December 19, 201
(limited; expands: Jan. 1)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Screenwriter: William Monahan
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Lange
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

Mr. Turner

Release date: December 19, 2014
(limited)

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Mike Leigh

MPAA Rating: R (for some sexual content)

Screenwriter: Mike Leigh

Starring: Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Martin Savage, Lesley Manville, Karl Johnson, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson, Richard Bremmer

Genre: Drama

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Plot Summary: “Mr. Turner” explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Goodbye to All That

Release Date: December 17, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Angus MacLachlan
Screenwriter: Angus MacLachlan
Starring: Paul Schneider, Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, Heather Graham, Ashley Hinshaw, Heather Lawless, Melanie Lynskey, Audrey Scott, Amy Sedaris, Celia Weston

Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Otto Wall is just a little unlucky, in life and, unbeknownst to him, in love. When his wife suddenly asks for a divorce, he bounces between a Facebook-fueled search for answers, desperate attempts to reconnect with his daughter, and his fateful reentry into the dating pool. Let’s just say, you won’t forget Debbie Spangler’s name anytime soon


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