The ones that caught my eye:
LAST DAYS ON MARS
Release Date: December 6, 2013
What it’s about: On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, astronauts make a horrifying discovery.
What it’s got working for it: It’s SF with a mystery angle. Sounds intriguing.
What’s it’s got going against it: Cool new scifi movie or Alien retread? We’ll see.
Release Date: December 11, 2013
What it’s about: A documentary that focuses on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and posits whether something like it could happen again – with far worse consequences.
What it’s got working for it: A focused account of the tragedy, offering details and information the general media failed to convey.
What’s it’s got going against it: The danger of being perceived as a “message” film. Hopefully, the events portrayed will speak powerfully for themselves.
Release Date: December 18, 2013
What it’s about: A lonely man falls in love with a state-of-the-art operating system.
What it’s got working for it: Writer-director Spike Jonze is a unique storyteller.
What’s it’s got going against it: Not exactly the most original premise. The trailer looks a somewhat…unconvincing.
Release Date: December 25, 2013
What it’s about: The dramatization of a true-life covert mission to neutralize an al-Qaeda operative that went horribly awry.
What it’s got working for it: Based on a book by the mission’s sole survivor, Marcus Luttrell.
What’s it’s got going against it: The temptation to Hollywoodize. Will the movie stay true to its source material?