Cinema Releases: December 2013

Released 6th December:





Frozen (PG) Running time: 108 minutes

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee,  Writers: Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris

Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Groff, Eva Bella

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.




Getaway (12A) Running time: 90 minutes

Director: Courtney Solomon, Writer: Sean Finegan, Greg Maxwell Parker

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight

Getaway is the gritty, exciting action thriller from Warner Brothers in which former race car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock as he commandeers a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner on a high-speed adventure at the command of a mysterious villain on a race against time to save the life of his kidnapped wife.






Homefront (15) Running time: 100 minutes

Director: Gary Fleder, Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Logan

Cast: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo, Christa Campbell

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.






Kill Your Darlings (15) Running time: 104 minutes

Director: John Krokidas,  Writers: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Jennifer Jason Leigh

While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life andliterature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer, a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.






Nebraska (15) Running time: 115 minutes

Director: Alexander Payne,  Writer: Bob Nelson

Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.





Oldboy (18) Running time: 104 minutes

Director: Spike Lee, Writers: Garon Tsuchiya, Nobuaki Minegishi, Mark Protesevich

Cast: Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson

OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive.  When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.



Released 13th December:





The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A) Running time: 161 minutes

Director: Peter Jackson,  Writers: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, JRR Tolkien

Cast: Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lily, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


Released 18th December:






Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (15) Running time: 119 minutes

Director: Adam McKay,  Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Cast: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Tina Fey, Vince Vaughn

With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.



Released 19th December:





Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (U) Running time: 87 minutes

Directors: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale,  Writer: John Collee

Cast: Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice

For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE is the ultimate immersive, big-screen, 3-D experience. Recent discoveries and a breakthrough in technology will introduce new and unique dinosaurs that are more real than ever before and put moviegoers in the middle of a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where an underdog dinosaur triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.



Released 26th December:





47 Ronin (12A) Running time: 119 minutes

Director: Carl Rinsch,  Writers: Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini, Walter Hamada

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki

From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.





All Is Lost (12A) Running time: 106 minutes

Director: J.C. Chandor, Writer: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Robert Redford

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.







The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) Running time: 114 minutes

Director: Ben Stiller,  Writers: Steve Conrad, James Thurber

Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Adam Scott

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined





About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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