We've reached the final month of the year and of this 2012 Fall Movie Preview and still have 17 movies to profile and they are some of the biggest and most anticipated projects of the year.
December brings the first installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, a new film from Quentin Tarantino, Hurt Locker duo director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwrtier Mark Boal have teamed again on Zero Dark Thirty, the Oscar winning director of The King's Speech delivers Les Miserables and Pixar's Monsters Inc arrives in 3D. And there's more where that came from.
This is the final month for studios to unleash their Oscar bait and you better believe the Internet will be buzzing. Let's have a look and try and figure out where most of the attention will be drawn.
The month starts off a little slow with only a couple of movies, one of which looks like a wholly generic rom-com starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel with the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid and Uma Thurman lending their time and padding their bank accounts. The film is Playing for Keeps and in a way it almost has the exact same plotline as The Silver Linings Playbook in which Butler plays a retired soccer pro who, according to the plot synopsis, is burnt out on his playboy lifestyle and bankrupted by a string of bad investments and decides to move back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Biel) and neglected son (Noah Lomax). Of course, this one-time playboy can't keep his eyes of the soccer moms, which is sure to cause confusion and miscommunications until he finally learns what love truly is in the final reel.
Things get better with the weekend's second choice, a limited release of Hyde Park on Hudson from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill). It has already earned its share of Oscar buzz, all aimed at Bill Murray playing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The film is set in 1939 and takes place over the course of a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York. The President and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) are hosting the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman). It's the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support.
The December 7 release of Hyde Park on Hudson is a limited one and it will likely have a slow roll-out throughout the month and into the new year. Check out the trailer below and browse some pictures from the film here.