These are my picks (complete with the reason for my choice) for the movies coming to theaters in December, but feel free to check out all of December's releases by visiting the Internet Movie Database's Coming Soon page.
week of December 1
Synopsis: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Director: James Franco
Why? I actually haven't seen The Room, but this movie about its creation makes me want to see it before I see this one.
Synopsis: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Director: Lowell Dean
Why? Looks like fun, low-budget horror.
Synopsis: A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.
Director: Jonathan Hopkins
Why? I'm always down for a good scare.
week of December 8
Synopsis: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Why? We've gotten some really good movies out of del Toro, so I'm hoping this is another.
Synopsis: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Why? This happened when I was growing up, so it should be interesting to see it as a movie.
week of December 15
Synopsis: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
Director: Rian Johnson
Why? Luke Skywalker is back!
week of December 22
Synopsis: Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Why? The next generation of Jumanji! This should be fun.
Synopsis: A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
Director: Alexander Payne
Why? Seems like a fun concept.
week of December 29
Synopsis: The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Why? The trailers have made this seem like a very compelling story.
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