Trailer Talk: DECEMBER 2015 – Gang Wars, Family Wars, But Above All… STAR WARS!

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The last month of the year does not disappoint. December 2015 is going to be packed with movies competing for our hard earned cash and loyal engagement. While it’s a little hard to figure out which movie I want to watch this month… it get easier when you realize that there’s a movie releasing this month that’s been decades in the making, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Done! I know exactly what I’m watching.

Check out the rest of the releases that are the most interesting in December 2015, in this month’s Trailer Talk.

CHI-RAQ (December 4th, 2015)

‘Chi-Raq’ is based on the statistic of more Americans dying in America, than in its Wars outside of the country. The movie is supposed to be based on a Greek play, but set forth in the streets of Chicago. It’s an interesting movie where the women of a community go on a sex strike and refuse to give their men… any of that good stuff, until they decide to stop their gang violence. It’s definitely a unique concept with some musical overtones to it as well. A massive star cast of Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon and many others also makes this worth a watch. Oh and did I mention that ‘Chi-Raq’ is a Spike Lee joint?!

MACBETH (December 4th, 2015)

Staying true to the Shakespearean dialogue, ‘Macbeth‘ looks as epic as any 2015 remake has to be. The movie starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth himself looks, amazing, in no small part due to Fassbender himself. Though I’m not much for Shakespearean remakes, I am very interested in this as it’s a story I know quite well, and Fassbender looks to be quite the beast in here. The war scenes alone are massive action set pieces that should justify watching the movie for that reason alone.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (December 11th, 2015) 

Ron Howard directing Chris Hemsworth in a movie adapted from ‘Moby Dick’? Yes please! The trailer looks sublime, and the movie will probably turn me off of swimming in open waters for a while. This one could effectively be the ‘Jaws’ of this generation. It’s also interesting to note that the white whale himself hasn’t been hidden or left as a twist to appear in the final cut of the movie for paying audiences. Instead we see him often enough in this trailer alone. I’m also very intrigued to see skinny Thor, as Hemsworth had lost a disgusting amount of weight for this role apparently.

LEGEND (December 11th, 2015)

Double the Tom Hardy as gangster twins based on real life people? How can anyone say no? The period crime thriller see Hardy in both leading roles with enough layers to each character that ‘Legend’ has been a long awaiting awaited movie for many. Add that one brother is unabashedly gay, while the other kicks ass for no reason, and it’s a movie that is going to be hard to forget. But then again, I’ve been wrong about period movies involving Tom Hardy before…

THE BIG SHORT  (December 11th, 2015) 

Cram enough big name stars in a movie and it’s bound to make some money right? Now, take those same stars, make one younger, the others older, add facial prosthetics, a wig and base the story on real world events that are still being felt today, and have it directed by a big time comedy director… does that interest you more, or less now? What if the story is based on a novel by an author whose other films have been Academy Award winners? Now you’re thinking different eh? ‘The Big Short’ is probably my most awaited film of the month! The performances look brilliant and I can’t wait to  experience the combo package(s) that is Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling & Steve Carrell together on the same screen.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (December 18th, 2015)

I take it back. This is my most awaited movie of the year! The rekindling the passion, excitement and of something that generations have lived with, and grown up on, happens this month. The latest instalment of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise decides to continue a legacy that should excite the hell out of fans, old and new. This movie marks the beginning of an ongoing ‘Star Wars’ cinematic universe that, according to Disney, will see a new film every year, if not two. Strap in. Get excited. And may the Force… be always with you!

SISTERS (December 18th, 2015)

So this is your typical house party movie, where some ridiculously outlandish reason makes people have a party that goes out of control, but the experience teaches them some crap about their own lives and everything gets better. The difference this time, is that the movie stars Amy Poehler & Tina Fey, two of the funniest women in comedy. It’s not an original idea, but can anyone say no to either of these women when they’re doing funny things… especially together? No? I didn’t think so.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (December 25th, 2015)

So Quentin Tarantino is directing a new movie where a group of horrible people with guns, have to tough it out in a building all by themselves, not knowing who’s gonna betray whom. Sounds eerily like ‘Reservoir Dogs’. That alone should excite anyone to watch ‘The Hateful Eight’, since Tarantino has further honed his craft that much more over his last 7 films, making this movie one to definitely watch out for. The moustaches, bullets, and hate in the room definitely fills one with nostalgic feelings of almost every Tarantino movie. The most important question here is… will ‘The Hateful Eight’ feature a Mexican stand off? It’s kind of a given.

DADDY’S HOME (December 25th, 2015)

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell team up again after ‘The Other Guys’, and this looks to be just as promising as that collaboration. I love it when Wahlberg does comedy, especially when it’s not the baby face innocent guy he played in ‘Ted‘. Ferrell is always amazing as the hapless underdog who can never win, despite being desperately trying ever so hard. ‘Daddy’s Home‘ looks funny as hell, and that’s coming from someone with an aversion to comedy such as myself.

CONCUSSION (December 25th, 2015)

There’s been a lot of buzz around ‘Concussion‘ that it’s just Will Smith putting his foot forward in a role that’s supposedly Oscar bait. Personally, I like it when Smith steps out of his comfort zone and actually does the things actors are supposed to do; act. ‘Focus‘ was a disappointment, while ‘Concussion‘ seems to be great dramatic sports film based on a true story with a great supporting cast. I’m in.

POINT BREAK (December 25th, 2015)

The amazing Patrick Swayze and Keannu Reeves movie is getting a remake. I don’t know why, but the stunts definitely look like they’ve been upgraded for the modern age. It’s adrenaline pumping stunts with amazing visuals with actors no one could care less about. The casting seems like a big mistake, but I’m going to watch this solely for the sake of seeing how it stacks up agains the original. Break on fellas’.

THE REVENANT (December 25th, 2015)

What a difference a Trailer makes. While the first teaser for ‘The Revenant‘ could make me care less about the movie, this trailer pumps me up to no end. A revenge story that features Leonardo DiCaprio versus Tom Hardy, set against frontier times is something that needs to be watched. Both actors are draws enough on their own, but together, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Definitely checking this out!

So that wraps up the most exciting film releases of December 2015. It’s an awesomely mixed bag of movies that make it difficult to choose which one to watch. However, hard to complain when the year is ending in a bang with an awesome batch of films. 

Which movie are you most looking forward to in December 2015?

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Shah Shahid

Entertainment Writer | Film & TV Critic | Bollywood Blogger | Host of Split Screen Podcast | Proud Geek Girl Dad


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