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Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to December

“ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES”

Who: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Christina Applegate
What: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
When: December 20th
Why: It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since the release of the original “Anchorman,” and in that time, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell’s careers have eclipsed that of Will Ferrell, who isn’t quite the bankable comedy star that he used to be. But if there’s one character from Ferrell’s filmography that deserved a sequel, it’s Ron Burgundy, whose first outing was one of the most quotable movies of the past decade. Though it’ll be interesting to see if Ferrell and writing partner Adam McKay can recapture the goofy comedic spirit of the original, all signs point to a resounding “yes,” especially with a host of rumored cameos by the likes of Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey and Sacha Baron Cohen. As long as there’s another news team brawl (preferably with some of the aforementioned involved), we’ll be there.

“AMERICAN HUSTLE”

Who: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence
What: Con man Irving Rosenfeld is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMasio, who pushes him into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the mafia.
When: December 20th
Why: David O. Russell has always done quality work, but it wasn’t until the one-two punch of “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook” that people really stood up and took notice. It goes without saying that expectations are pretty high for his latest project, but the movie features what is arguably the best cast of awards season, reuniting Russell with many of the actors that made his last two films so successful. If he only worked with these four actors for the rest of his career, he’d probably never make another bad movie again, because this fictionalized account of the ABSCAM scandal looks guaranteed to land Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence on Oscar ballots again. That makes Jeremy Renner the odd man out, but only because this year is already rampant with so many great performances.

“SAVING MR. BANKS”

Who: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson
What: Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, “Mary Poppins.”
When: December 20th
Why: Though this isn’t the first time that Walt Disney has been portrayed on film, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more perfect for the role than Tom Hanks. After all, who better to play the man behind the Most Magical Place on Earth than one of Hollywood’s nicest and most dependable actors? Granted, “Saving Mr. Banks” seems to be more about “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers than the animation pioneer, but this might be the closest thing we ever get to a proper Walt Disney biopic. It also helps that the movie is based on a fascinating Hollywood insider story that most people don’t know a lot about, and with Oscar campaigns already gaining steam for Hanks and Emma Thompson, you can be safe in adding “Saving Mr. Banks” to your list of must-see films for awards season.

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