Digital Spy previews five must-see movies for December below:
Release Date: December 5
Why you should see it: A missing Shih Tzu, seven highly unhinged individuals and some spectacular hair and cravat work from Christopher Walken... What's not to love about Martin McDonagh's first film since the sensational In Bruges? Expect some rat-a-tat dialogue and big performances from the likes of Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell in this delightfully off-kilter crime comedy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December 13
Why you should see it: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit began life as one movie, swiftly became two, then recently got expanded to a third. Can this new JRR Tolkien trilogy top The Lord of the Rings? Expect to find out soon after the world premiere on November 28, and in mid-December when the first instalment, An Unexpected Journey, begins its cinema roll out. Familiar faces such as Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett will be joined by newcomers Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch in the all-star cast.
Release Date: December 14
Why you should see it: It's either brave counter-programming or commercial suicide opening the same week as The Hobbit, but US indie Smashed has much promise thanks to the always-excellent Aaron Paul and Scott Pilgrim's Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The pair play a young, booze-happy married couple whose relationship gets tested when one of them tries to get sober. There are already quiet whispers about an Oscar nomination for Winstead, so if Hobbits aren't your thing then this may be a welcome antidote.
Life of Pi
Release Date: December 20
Why you should see it: Years in the making, this big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's acclaimed novel cycled through directors M Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón and Jean-Pierre Jeunet before Ang Lee managed to get it up on the big screen. There'll be visual wonder and heartfelt emotion aplenty as young Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) sets off on an epic journey at sea with a Bengal tiger for company.
Release Date: December 26
Why you should see it: Novelist Lee Child's Jack Reacher series has shifted more than 60 million copies worldwide, so a movie adaptation was all but inevitable. Formerly of the US army military police, Reacher's 6'5" frame and "dirty blond hair" may not sound much like Tom Cruise, but it's the Mission: Impossible star who's tasked with launching Child's creation as a new franchise action hero. With 17 Reacher novels already published, could this be a long-running movie series to rival James Bond?
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