Movies in Theaters This Tuesday, December 25, 2012: Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Parental Guidance, and West of Memphis
The holiday season is about spending time with people you love – whether it be your friends, family, or what-have-you. One great way to do this is to attend a movie, right? Coinciding with the end of the year, Christmas-released movies have great potential of garnering awards buzz.
With that being said, this Christmas sees two huge contenders – Django Unchained and Les Misérables – take center stage. The last wide release is the more family-friendly (I think) comedy Parental Guidance.
Usually there are a crop of limited releases, but Christmas only has one: West of Memphis. The Peter Jackson-produced documentary follows the West Memphis Three, and looks to piggy-back off the success of last year’s hit documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
For my money, it’ll be a toss-up between Django and Les Mis just because of the hype. Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors, especially because of his use of dialogue, and I can’t wait to see what Django has in store.
On the other side, Tom Hooper looks to rebound from The King’s Speech with another hit. The extremely popular Les Misérables story gets yet another adaptation, but the musical drama looks to have all the fixings for a major Academy Awards push. I hate to admit it, but I’ve never actually seen an adaptation of the story, so this could be the perfect opportunity to break that streak.
Below you can find the trailer and synopsis for Parental Guidance.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 28th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.
Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together.
A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Amy Berg (Deliver us From Evil) and produced by first time filmmakers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, WEST OF MEMPHIS tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light.
Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three, eight year old boys Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film reveals the story from the inside. West of Memphis uncovers new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime, all of whom were teenagers at the time of their arrests and all three of whom were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.