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With December making its way onto the cinema scene, that means awards season is just around the corner. December serves as the cut off point for any and all films with Oscar aspirations (specifically December 31st) to get in just before the deadline for Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, etc. consideration. So, with that in mind, December 2016 is going to be chock full of all sorts of top of the line films, from the latest Star Wars flick to two Oscar favorites (La La Land and Silence), the Holiday season is going to be plump with reasons to get away from your family and hide out in a movie theater. It’s also the one month of the year where the usual release dates don’t matter come the latter part of the month (thanks to that greedy jolly fat man in red). Here are 8 releases dropping in December that are well worth skipping out on some figgy pudding and heading down to the multiplex.

December 2nd

La La Land

One of, if not the favorites for Best Picture at this upcoming year’s Oscars, La La Land is a Hollywood musical about Hollywood, music, and movies. Written and directed by Whiplash writer and director Damien Chazelle, La La Land touts the most glamorous cast of any December film, with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone starring as the two star crossed lovers in their own woebegone version (but not that devastating) of Hollywood. Add John Legend and JK Simmons, and you’ve got yourself a delightful musical movie, and you best bet, this one is a virtual lock for (at the very least) best original score, soundtrack, and anything and everything music related this coming awards season.

December 9th


So, if La La Land is the favorite for (at the very least) best of all things music this upcoming awards season, then Jackie – the Jackie Kennedy biopic – is the front-runner for Best Lead Actress, with Natalie Portman in the leading role.eems one of about two or three reliable best actress nominees (the other would probably be Emma Stone or Amy Adams, whichever redhead wins over the voting Academy members). Anyway, Portman has already started her campaign, talking about how she almost quick acting to become a lawyer under the urging of her father (gasp). The film follows some of Jackie O’s life before during and following her famous husband’s assassination.

Office Christmas Party

In case you don’t give two flying flips about the Oscars (and really, who does, except for Hollywood and entertainment journalists?), then Office Christmas Party should come as a welcomed non-Oscar option. Without even the slightest bit of pretense, Office Christmas Party looks like it’ll be pretty damn funny, if TJ Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and Kate McKinnon have any say in the matter. Likely to be a Christmas version of The Hangover.

December 16th

Rogue One

The movie which needs no real introduction or justification or convincing to get people to go and see it, the jury is still out on whether or not Rogue One will be good or not (but if fanboys and nostalgia jerkoffs have their way, it won’t matter either way), but it will make a metric ton of money at the box office. If you’re not crazy about a new Star Wars film, you should still go just to witness the excellence of Ben Mendelsohn as a villain and Donnie Yen doing his martial arts magic in a movie about stealing the blue prints for the Death Star.

December 21st


Sexy people lost in space! Sci-fi quirky romance! Danger, danger, danger (but not too much)! Passengers is the year end sci-fi film with massive names over the marquee – Chris Pratt (male Jennifer Lawrence) and Jennifer Lawrence (female Chris Pratt). The premise is a bit foggy – guy wakes up from cryo-sleep too soon, wakes up a sleeping beauty (who just happens to be named “Aurora”) and romance and disaster ensue.

Assassin’s Creed

If sexy people in space isn’t your thing, why not try for something a little more Earthbound, but still as sci-fi as ever. Assassin’s Creed stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, with Fassbender serving as the titular assassin. Those familiar with the title will know that the video game’s storyline has been altered to some degree in order for the non-video gaming community to grok movie’s plot. The movie will likely do well enough to garner a sequel, but that won’t necessarily mean the movie is good, per se.

December 23rd


Here’s the second of the two Best Picture leaders, Martin Scorsese’s near-thirty year passion project, which has amassed a more than $50 million budget over that time span, but man does that movie look good. The film is based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo of the same name, which follows two 17th century Jesuit priests – played by Andrew Garfield (Oscar alert) and Adam Driver – when they travel to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson). The story takes place during the time of the Kakure Kirishitan (The Hidden Christians) in 17th Century Japan. This movie already has its unique Oscar campaign story rolling along and ready to go, as its been announced that Scorsese will not only screen the film in the Vatican City for the Catholic church’s highest level Cardinals, but Scorsese will also screen the film for none other than the Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit. How many other films can say that?

December 25th


It seems like every other year, there’s some sort of secret Hollywood agreement that says there will be a bi-annual Denzel Washington prestige picture that makes its way on the Oscar scene before its all said and done (and that’s definitely not a bad thing). This year’s version is none other than Washington’s portrayal of a former Negro League player working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburg. Based on the play of the same name, by August Wilson, Fences is a dialogue driven drama that sees Washington’s Troy Maxson struggle with an unfortunate series of events within his life, and how it strains his relationships.

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Blade Runner 2049 trailer released, and it looks pretty awesome

Blade Runner 2049 trailer is here and we’re pretty stoked



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Get ready folks. After a run of random but great rom-coms (Crazy, Stupid, Love), an awesome Shane Black film that didn’t do very well in the box office (The Nice Guys), a cult classic (Drive), and an Oscar bait musical (La La Land), Ryan Gosling is about to become the blockbuster leading man he’s been avoiding becoming for so long. Golsing is starring the new, long awaited sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049.

Everything about Blade Runner 2049 seems to be absolutely perfect in terms of a reboot/sequel. Arrival and Sicario director Denis Vilenueve, who is the king of noir films, without a doubt, direct the film. The film stars Ryan Gosling as the protagonist, but also features Harrison Ford, the original star of the original series, along with Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and Dave Bautista – all of whom are kick ass actors. But I don’t have to tell you that, I’m sure. Heck, even Ridley Scott is back executive producing the sequel, so it’ll surely stay true to form.

All that is well and good, but the most important aspect of Blade Runner 2049 is without a doubt that the first trailer revealed next to nothing. Granted, I know saying the trailer didn’t spoil anything is an almost guaranteed jinx, but here’s hoping all the other positives point this in the right direction.

The trailer opens with the familiar neo-noir vibes of the original Blade Runner, with Ryan Gosling as the LAPD Detective K, roaming throughout the dingy streets of a near future. Gosling looks like a kick ass cyberpunk biker dude as he wanders into a strange yellowy void of dystopia. There’s some random dystopian b-roll in the middle of the trailer, a clip of Gosling plucking a piano key (La La Land reference?), and then boom! Harrison Ford. The two make a brief exchange, with Gosling saying he’s looking for Ford’s character Rick Deckard, only to have Deckard say things have changed.

Sure, that exchange isn’t the most exhilarating but dang does the trailer look good and more importantly SPOIL nothing. Who knows whether or not the magical wonder of this initial trailer lasts, but here’s hoping that Warner Bros. and Sony decide to be cool and not spoil the film before it comes out, but then again, they are trying to create a blockbuster, so they inevitably will. But here’s hoping maybe that won’t be the case this time (for spoilers, not success, we want it to be a success).

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Superhero movies to look for in 2017

With three major studios now furiously producing content as fast as possible, it can be hard to keep track of all the superhero movies that are coming out.





With three major studios now furiously producing content as fast as possible, it can be hard to keep track of all the superhero movies that are coming out. Fox’s timelines are all over the place, the ocean of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already 18 films deep, and DC . . . well, DC only has the good, the bad, and the ugly (we’ll let you decided which is which), but nonetheless, even the biggest of superhero fans might need a little help remembering all the upcoming films. To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve decided to help by giving you a list of all the superhero movies to look for in 2017.

Lego Batman Movie – February, 10

It’s not the Batman movie we need, but the one we deserve.

Outdated jokes aside, The Lego Batman Movie looks like an absolute treasure. True to its kid-targeted audience, Batman is set to go on a personal journey in which he learns the importance of teamwork, friendship, and maybe even discover the true meaning of Christmas – that last one is unlikely, but we aren’t taking it off the table.

Where the Burton films were campy and Nolan’s were bleak (not even going to mention the *cough cough* murderer *cough cough*), The Lego Batman Movie just looks fun, and like all good parodies it comes from a place a love.

Logan – March 3

Fox has always been lax when it comes to keeping simple, clean timelines for its X-Men franchise – we’re still not sure when or where Deadpool took place – but Logan is downright baffling in regards to internal chronology. And you know what? Who cares. Because it looks amazing.

Logan is being marketed as the final chapter in Wolverine’s story, and in many ways that is true. Wolverine is old, beaten down, living in a world that has not only caught up to him for the first time in some three hundred years but has also passed him by. One way or another, he won’t be around for much longer. What’s more, this will be the last time that Hugh Jackman will take up the role of Wolverine after playing the character for close to two decades. On some level, it doesn’t matter how it exactly Logan aligns with the rest of the X-Men universe because we already know when it takes place. At the end.

Power Rangers – March 24

Hey look! A superhero movie (technically) that wasn’t made by Fox/Marvel/DC, and it looks . . . admittedly not great. The Power Rangers reboot is the result of a drunken one-night stand between the scripts of Chronicle and The Breakfast Club in whic-

Wait, hold on a second . . . Okay, we’re being told that isn’t actually true. Huh. Could’ve fooled us.

Leveraging all of the star power and credibility of incredible actors like Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, and Bill Hader, and then pushing them all to the side to make way for yet another cast of whiny teens, Power Rangers promises to be an edgy reboot the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

Unless, you’ve seen Transformers.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5

If you were capable of feeling joy in 2014, then you loved Guardians of the Galaxy. It was fun, filled with laughs, moments of genuine emotion, and a uniqueness that saved us from that feeling of same-ness all Marvel movies had had up to that point. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promises to deliver everything audiences loved all in the first film all over again.

The Guardians are still out there, saving the stars one day at a time, but are now joined by several new faces. Both Yondu and Nebula are supposed to be flip-flopping from secondary antagonists to join the team as well as all new character, the empath Mantis. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will further explore the mystery of Star-Lord’s parentage, and will hopefully give fans some clues as to how they will appear in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Wonder Woman – June 2

DC has a rough time trying to fully break into the superhero movie biz. Despite nearly a century of material, storylines, and beloved characters to draw from, the reception of DC films has been mixed to say the least. Like, the absolute least. But as Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad before it, Wonder Woman plans to set the DC Extended Universe back on track.

A steep, steep uphill track.

A prequel, Wonder Woman will tell the story of how Diana left her Amazonian home to punch Germans and eventually become the heroine that has deserved her own movie for decades now. And, tentatively, things are looking well for the film. Here’s hoping that DC will finally be able to create a film that manages to live up to the high bar of “Average” instead of “aggressively terrible”.

Spiderman: Homecoming – July 7

When Spider-Man decided to crash Marvel’s latest team-up film Captain America: Civil War, even the hopeful execs who had organized the sharing of properties between Marvel and Sony had no idea just how well received he would be. Tom Holland was able to do what no previous Spider-Man actor had done before and be appealing as both Spider-Man and as Peter Parker. He was witty, he was smart, he had a heart of gold, and it was all wrapped up in a childish innocence, naivete, and pure conviction of what was right and wrong.

With such an amazing performance and positive reception, it came as no surprise that Marvel and Sony were once again working together to put Spider-Man: Homecoming on the fast track. Seriously there are so many great things to look forward to in this film it is impossible to name them all.

Robert Downey Jr. is back as superhero mentor/surrogate father figure to Peter Parker, and the film is set up to explore Spider-Man growing out of that very long shadow to become his own hero. Also big shout out to Micheal Keaton and the costume designers for managing to turn one of the lamest villains in the Marvel universe, the Vulture, into a truly intimidating antagonist we can’t wait to see more of. It has been a very long time since Spider-Man has looked so good.

Thor: Ragnarok – November 3

Where Captain America: Civil War had quantity, Thor: Ragnarok will deliver a team-up film catering to the quality side of the equation. Obviously, Thor will be part of the show, but he will be joined by Loki, Dr. Strange, and most excitingly Hulk who will be giving fans a taste of the Planet: Hulk storyline as the two most powerful Avengers battle in a cosmic gladiatorial arena.

If the mental image of that fight alone doesn’t make you want to see the film then we can’t be friends.

Many dedicants of the MCU also believe that the last remaining Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone, will finally make it’s appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. With the lead villain being Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, the Norse goddess of the dead and her powers over the souls of the dead, our bets are that she’s the one who has been hiding the last of the gems from us/Thanos.

Justice League – November 17

Whoah boy, this is the big one. The question that has been asked a thousand times. Can DC do it? Can they really make a Justice League movie? As of right now? Who can tell? Wonder Woman will be a big indicator for some, but even if it turns out to be phenomenal, the fact the controversial Zack Synder will be directing Justice League is sure to keep the debate alive.

Justice League will bring together Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to do battle with the Parademons and their commander Steppenwolf, the leader of Apokolips’ military and servant of Darkseid, for control of the three Mother Boxes hidden on Earth, Atlantis, and Themyscira.

In case it wasn’t obvious already, Justice League‘s greatest challenge will be introducing all of those many, many nouns to audiences without falling into a five minute of expositional monologue. But, if they can pull it off, it does certainly sound like a story of epic proportions.

This article originally appeared on Fanboy Report as “Superhero movies to look for in 2017”.

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Dunkirk receives its first full trailer

Dunkirk depicts a crucial moment of World War II that while unfamiliar to most American audiences, was an essential piece of the war to the United Kingdom.




Christopher Nolan’s latest project and first historical film, Dunkirk, received it’s first full trailer today. The film stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy and depicts a crucial moment of World War II that while likely unfamiliar to most American audiences, is one that is an essential piece of the war to the United Kingdom.

The Dunkirk Evacuation, known as Operation Dynamo, is viewed by many as a turning point in the war that, should it have failed, could have driven the Allied nations into peace talks with Hitler. Following a series of military disasters in the summer of 1940, the British Expeditionary Force and the remnants of France’s military were driven by German forces into a section of northern France bordering Belgium. Encircled by German armored divisions, a defense coalesced around the port of Dunkirk with the aim to hold off the German military long enough to evacuate the British army and its allies.

Ultimately the operation was successful thanks to the bravery and tenacity of thousands of British troops in the face of overwhelming odds and the assistance of a small flotilla of civilian vessels that aided in the evacuation. By saving the bulk of their forces at Dunkirk, the British were able to continue the war without fear of invasion. The miracle of Dunkirk was such an unexpected success when all expected the BEF to be routed that it reinspired faith in the war effort after the long months of defeat preceding it.

Dunkirk comes out summer 2017.

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