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ON SCREEN: December 2014 movies

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DUMB & DUMBER TOJim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit. Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Rated PG-13

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY-PART 1 The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson. Rated PG-13

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale, and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. A slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain their company. Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz. Rated R

December 5

THE PYRAMID The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted. Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa-Marie Nicola, Amir K. Rated R

December 12
Exodus-_Gods_and_Kings_9EXODUS: GODS & KINGS Acclaimed director Ridley Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley. Rated PG-13

TOP FIVE Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. The film digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today. New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen encounters a journalist (Rosario Dawson) who forces him to confront the comedy career. Also starring JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, Michael Che. Rated R

December 17
HBT3-fs-346534.DNGTHE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is the epic conclusion of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner.

December 19
annie-(2014)ANNIE A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary movie. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook just might mean it’s the other way around.  Rated PG

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMBS Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley. Rated PG

December 25
BIG EYES Directed and produced by Tim Burton, this is the true story of Walter Keane, who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret. The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Starring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams. Rated PG-13

THE INTERVIEW Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to ‘take out’ Kim Jong-un. Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen. Rated R

INTO THE WOODS
INTO THE WOODS
INTO THE WOODS a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie. Rated PG

UNBROKEN Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie directs an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. In his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi stars as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.” Also starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, John Magaro, Alex Russell, Rated PG-13

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