November 24, 2013: Upcoming under-the-radar movies to look forward to! Or not!

The ones that caught my eye:

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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.

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NUCLEAR NATION

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.

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HER

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.

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LONE SURVIVOR

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?

November 24, 2013: Upcoming movie releases to look forward to! Or not!

Just a few that caught my eye:

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Release Date: December 13, 2013

What it’s about: The second instalment in the sprawling Hobbit trilogy.  No, really.

What it’s got working for it: Director Peter Jackson and oodles of production value.

What’s it’s got going against it:  Three really long movies based on a single fairly short book.

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SAVING MR. BANKS

Release Date: December 13, 2013

What it’s about: The story of how Walt Disney convinced the author of Mary Poppins to give him the film rights to her book.  No, really.

What it’s got working for it: An all-star cast and a story we definitely haven’t seen before.

What’s it’s got going against it:  A movie that, I’m sure, will bear no resemblance to actual events or characters.

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ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Release Date: December 13, 2013

What it’s about: Sequel to the somewhat successful Anchorman about – you guess it! – an anchorman.

What it’s got working for it: The promise of consistency in quality.

What’s it’s got going against it:  Of course, said consistency cuts both ways depending on what you thought of the first movie.

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WALKING WITH DINOSAURS

Release Date: December 20, 2013

What it’s about: An “immersive 3D experience” that will place audiences within a prehistoric tale involving an underdog dinosaur.

What it’s got working for it: The promise of state of the art visuals.

What’s it’s got going against it:  But they say promises are made to be broken.  The actual script sounds a bit flimsy.

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47 RONIN

Release Date: December 25, 2013

What it’s about: Loosely based on true events – a group of samurai seek vengeance on those responsible for the death of their leader.

What it’s got working for it: It certainly looks epic.

What’s it’s got going against it:  Keanu Reeves?  Sorry, Hollywood, I STILL don’t get it.

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GRUDGE MATCH

Release Date: December 25, 2013

What it’s about: Two old guys prepare for a rematch to a bout that never happened.

What it’s got working for it: DeNiro and Stallone as aging boxers?  So ridiculous it could be brilliant!

What’s it’s got going against it:  Or just ridiculous.  Probably ridiculous.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Release Date: December 25, 2013

What it’s about: Based on the story by James Thurber which focuses on an innocuous fellow’s incredible fantasies.

What it’s got working for it: Looks visually appealing.

What’s it’s got going against it:  If it’s “all in his head”, then a very unsatisfying movie.  If it’s not, then it’s a completely different character from the story.  Also – Ben Stiller.

The Top 10 Movies You May Be Surprised I Loved (or Guilty Pleasures)

I completely forgot I have dinner reservations tonight.  I’m off to Fuel to eat a roast suckling pig.  But, before I go – since you asked (well, someone asked anyway) – I leave you with my list of The Top Ten Movies You May Be Surprised I Loved… Read more