- Les Misérables. Due for release December 7th. Directed by Tom Hooper, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne & Aaron Tveit. Plot Summary: based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo and an adaption of the highly successful stage musical, this is another film adaption following the excellent Les Misérables from 1998, directed by Bille August, starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Claire Danes & Uma Thurman. Set in the 19th Century France, this film follows the lives of 5 characters over 2-decades including the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. A Frenchman is imprisoned for stealing bread and must flee from the Police Inspector, however this cat and mouse chase soon consumes both of their lives.
- World War Z. Due for release December 12th. Directed by Marc Forster, starring Brad Pitt, Eric West, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Julia Levy-Boeken, Bryan Cranston & Anthony Mackie. Plot Summary: based on the novel by Max Brooks, we follow the story of a UN Postwar Commission worker who interviews survivors of flesh-eating zombie attacks from all over the world to try to piece together events for a report he is compiling on the war that has ravaged and destroyed most if not all of the countries around the globe.
- The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. Due for release December 14th. Directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberpatch, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Ian Holm & Elijah Wood. Plot Summary: the painfully awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, this first of a 2-part set of films follows a young Bilbo Baggins as he is asked by Gandalf the Grey to accompany a group of 13 dwarves to the Lonely Mountain, where they plan to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the ferocious dragon Smaug. Their journey takes them into The Wild, through lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs, Wargs, giant spiders, shape shifters and sorcerers. Deep in the Goblin Tunnels Bilbo has his first encounter with Gollum, a wretched creature who changes his life forever.
- Life of Pi. Due for release December 21st. Directed by Ang Lee, starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Tabu & Tobey Maguire. Plot Summary: I brought this novel by Yann Martel at the same time as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday, and am very interested in seeing how both film adaptions go. This is the story of a very moral and spiritual boy called Pi who is the son of a zookeeper. While the family are in the process of relocating themselves and their zoo to Canada on a huge freighter, after a shipwreck the son is lost at sea on a raft for 227 days, accompanied by an increasingly hungry Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker, a Hyena, a Zebra and an Orangutan.
- The Great Gatsby. Due for release December 25th. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton & Elizabeth Debicki. Plot Summary: based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald which has already had numerous film and stage adaptions, the story takes place in Long Island and New York City in the summer of 1922, during the time when Prohibition made millionaires out of alcohol bootleggers. This will be a 3D drama romance, telling the story of a young man called Nick Carraway from Minnesota who moves to a wealthy but unfashionable ara of New York populated by the ‘new rich’ to pursue a career. His next door neighbour is a man called Jay Gatsby who lives in a huge mansion and throws lavish parties every Saturday night. Nick begins a relationship with a woman he meets at a dinner party, and gradually learns more about the people living around him. The whole story is a mess of affairs, betrayal, unspoken love, murder and the American Dream.