Films to Look Forward to Over the Festive Season 2013

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With Christmas approaching, there is no better time to get to the flicks to unwind for a few hours. Here is some of the top picks coming your way…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

  • Released: 13th December 2013 (UK and USA)

The eagerly awaited follow-up to 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey rolls into theatres pretty much everywhere on the 13th December. Biblo, Gandalf and the dwarves continue their quest to reclaim their homeland, Erebor, from the dragon Smaug. The trailers have looked pretty awesome, with the added bonus of Legolas making an appearance. This looks to be a must see movie, although it’s runtime is a little bum-numbing at 161 minutes!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

  • 18th December 2013 (UK and USA)

The long overdue sequel to the 2004’s cult classic is about to hit hard, it will see Will Ferrell reprising his star turn as San Diego’s top-rated newsman Ron Burgundy, along with Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and David Kochner all returning. The story see’s Ron and the crew off to New York to work at the first 24-hour news channel.

American Hustle (2013)

  • 18th December 2013 (UK)
  • 3rd January 2014 (UK)

After his recent successes with “The Fighter (2010)” and “Silver Linings Playbook (2012)”, directer David O. Russell returns with his latest film, which follows a con man who is forced into a uneasy partnership with an FBI agent who wants infiltrate the world of New Jersey mafia. Starring Christian Bale as con man Irving Rosenfeld, Amy Adams as his beautiful partner and Bradley Cooper as FBI agent Richie DiMaso. Robert De Niro and Jeremy Renner also fill out an impressive cast.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

  • 25th December 2013 (USA)
  • 26th December 2013 (UK)

This is the second adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name (the first being in 1947), The story see’s a Life magazine worker Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) who spends his time day-dreaming of fantasy worlds, has to set off on a global journey to find a missing picture, which is needed for the final issue of Life. The journey proves more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

  • 25th December 2013 (USA)
  • 17th January 2013 (UK)

Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio to tell the true story of a New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort living the American dream in the 1980’s following his rise within the financial sector to founding his own brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. He was given the nickname “The Wolf of Wall Street.”.
One of the most anticipated films of the next few months, although it nearly landed an NC-17 rating, before some cuts were made for a more studio pleasing R rating.

47 Ronin (2013)

  • 25th December 2013 (USA)
  • 26th December 2013 (UK)

Keanu Reeves returns to the world of ass-kicking in this awesome looking tale set in 18th-century Japan where an outcast (Reeves) joins a group of ronin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira (Asano) for killing their master and banishing the group. The ronin embark on a journey with challenges that would defeat most warriors.

Grudge Match (2013)

  • 25th December 2013 (USA)
  • 24th January 2014 (UK)

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro re-team for the first time since 1997’s Copland as two retired Pittsburgh boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone). They have an unsettled thirty year old grudge which revolves around the fact that Razor retired the night before their match for the title, thus destroying both of their careers. Now they have an opportunity to get the score even with one last rematch, it will be hard to stay focused while they’re blowing up on social networks and struggling physically with their age and the training. Just seeing Stallone back in the ring has got to worth the price of admission.




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