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December 2014: Five Must-See Movies

In: Matt, Movies

It’s finally December which means I get older in a week and it’s acceptable to start playing Christmas music. My best friend and I have a holiday tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day which I hope we can continue this year, but if not there are tons of great movies out to see all month long.

We’ve got a fantastic trilogy coming to an end this month as well as three excellent Christmas Day releases for those of you who have traditions like mine!

Check out my picks for must see movies this month!

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Following in the footsteps of Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts, next Spring, Cate Blanchett takes her turn to tap into her sinister side. The 45-year-old brings Cinderella’s evil stepmother to life in the live adaptation of the beloved animated Disney film. With just one arm on her hip and a cold stare, Blanchett serves delicious villainy on the recently-released character posters. It’s amazing!!!

Lily James and Richard Madden are absolutely dreamy as Ella and Prince Charming in their stunning artwork, while Helena Bonham Carter is a vision in white as the Fairy Godmother in hers.

Disney invites you to the ball on March 13, 2015 when Cinderella hits theaters. Don’t forget your glass slippers. Check out the rest of the character posters below.

check out the other posters after the jump


It’s been a busy week for big budget superhero flicks. Earlier this week, Warner Bros finally confirmed the crew starring in Suicide Squad. Now comes a trio of major cast announcements for comic book television and movie adaptations.

First comes confirmation of Benedict Cumberbatch’s involvement in Marvel’s upcoming film Doctor Strange. Reportedly, the 38-year-old actor beat out Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy and several others for the part. Don’t feel too bad for Leto and Hardy. Both actors rebounded by snagging roles in Suicide Squad together.

Doctor Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose career is destroyed. He gets a new lease on life when he becomes Sorcerer Supreme and ends up protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2015.

check out more casting news after the jump


Thank God I don’t have to refer to the next 007 film as Bond 24 anymore. At a special live webstream event, director Sam Mendes revealed that Bond 24 will now be called SPECTRE. Why that one?

Unlike previous titles, this one is rather easy to decipher. It’s an acronym for a global terrorist organization- Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Hardcore fans will know many of Bond’s villains count themselves as members of the group. Dr. No (Dr. No), Emilio Largo (Thunderball) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (From Russia With Love, Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever) are just a few. Spectre, which is the British spelling of specter, also means ghost.

In addition to unveiling the title, Mendes introduced this installment’s Bond girls and villains who’ll join returning cast members Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Daniel Craig. Speaking of returning crew, I’m ecstatic Mendes is up for another round. He’s the reason why Skyfall is the most successful Bond film to date.

Check out the newbies below along with their character names. And for you car geeks, be sure to scroll to Bond’s new ride- a kickass Aston Martin. SPECTRE will be released on November 6, 2015.

check out the teaser poster after the jump and more of the cast


I like YaYa Dacosta. I adore Deborah Cox. I respect Angela Bassett and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney Houston. However, I’m not impressed that her life story is airing on Lifetime network. My diva deserves a big budget feature film. With the network butchering Aaliyah and Brittany Murphy’s lives in their recent cringeworthy biopics, I was worried the Bodyguard actress would suffer the same fate.

It’s still too early to tell, but the first trailer for Whitney looks promising. The television movie seems to cover the embattled singer’s tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, drug addiction and career accomplishments. Yaya does a decent job channeling Houston and Cox’s vocals are spot on. Don’t even get me started on the movie’s Clive Davis. He looks uncannily identical to the music mogul. Sensational job on the casting. The only thing missing so far is Whit’s infamous ‘Bobbbbbbbyyyyy’ cattle calls.

Whitney airs on Saturday, January 17. Most likely, I’ll be hate watching it, but watching nonetheless. Check out the trailer below which premiered on BuzzFeed and share your thoughts afterwards.

watch trailer after the jump


When he delivered the line ‘I’ll be back’ in the very first Terminator back in 1984, I’m sure not even Arnold Schwarzenegger could’ve fathom it would become such an iconic catchphrase. Thirty years later, the 67-year-old former Governor finds himself once again revisiting the role that catapulted him into superstardom.

The first trailer for Terminator: Genisys has just arrived. Aside from the awkward title, specifically the spelling, the fifth installment looks fantastic. Already it looks much better than the two previous films, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation, put together. Producers have wisely harkened back to the first two movies and gone with a nostalgic approach, recreating iconic scenes, lines and villains.

Kicking some much-needed new blood into the franchise are Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke and sexy Aussie Jai Courtney. The latter plays Kyle Reese who is sent back through time (naked of course) by John Connor to save his mother’s life, Sarah (Clarke). When he arrives to the other side, he finds himself in an alternate timeline. Sarah has been brought up by another Terminator, played by Schwarzenegger, programmed to protect her. It’s a bit confusing, but it works.

Terminator: Genisys opens in July 2015. Check out the trailer below.

watch after the jump


A few days ago, I wrote that Jennifer Lawrence was set to make her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the 24-year-old actress sings an a capella number titled “The Hanging Tree.” The track produced by The Lumineers featuring lyrics by Hunger Games scribe Suzanne Collins was projected to break into the Top 40.

It charted even higher, entering the prestigious chart at No. 12 based on 200,000 downloads in its first week. That’s pretty remarkable for a song that’s not on the soundtrack, but rather on the score, and not receiving radio airplay. Is there anything this woman can’t do. To be fair though, the film’s composer James Newton Howard earns the credit officially.

find out the list of Oscar winning actors J-Law joins and listen to the track after the jump


After being nominated four times and walking away empty-handed, 2014 year could finally be the year Julianne Moore adds Oscar winner to her resume. The 54-year-old is emerging as the one to beat for the Best Actress award at the Academy Awards. Her unforgettable portrayal of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s is racking up critical acclaim and accolades. She was just named Best Actress by the National Board of Review.

Taking the Best Actor honors went to Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Oscar Issac (A Most Violent Year) in a tie. Keaton is the Oscar frontrunner, but Isaac is coming on strong. Speaking of Issac, his film, A Most Violent Year, also scored Best Film honors. Check out the rest of the winners below.

“A Most Violent Year is an exhilarating crime drama with a compelling story, outstanding performances, and an elegant cinematic style,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. “J.C. Chandor has given us a new and provocative perspective on the American Dream.”

check out all the winners after the jump

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