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Okay, Hollywood, you win. Uncle. I give in; you really have managed to come up with some movies worth waiting in line for this holiday season. Even if last week’s The Muppets didn’t do it for you – And if it didn’t, do you have no soul?!? – then December’s new releases have spies, reporters, detectives and the live action debut of a director I can’t wait to see. Here’re five picks to lure you out of your grotto this month.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Even if you’re not sold on Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of the classic John le Carre based on the cast alone (Oldman! Firth! Hardy! Benedict Cumberbatch!), then I can only assume that the trailer above is all that you need to convince you to pay attention. There’s a sense of repressed danger, claustrophobic and smothering, in it that points to the strong possibility that this might even eclipse the well-loved 1970s’ British TV version in many people’s hearts. (Released on December 9)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
While the Steven Moffat/Benedict Cumberbatch television version was more my cup of tea than the previous Guy Richie/Robert Downey Jr. movie, I’ll admit that I was entertained enough to be looking forward to this second installment, even if there’s a weird sense of deja vu in the trailer above (It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the first one, but they are repeating jokes in this trailer, aren’t they? I can’t even tell when dialogue is meant to be a catchphrase anymore, it seems). If nothing else, it’ll be fun to see Noomi Rapace woo mainstream America as Sim, while Rooney Mara offers them an Americanized take on the role that made her famous. (Released on December 16)
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn
Yes, yes; this entire movie takes place in a very off-putting Uncanny Valley, and like all right-thinking people, I am suitably terrified by that and wondering why they couldn’t have looked at the simplicity of Herge’s original comics and thought “Hey, flat-colored traditional animation! That’s the way we should do a Tintin movie!” but… It’s Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright and Attack The Block‘s Joe Cornish writing something, and that alone guarantees my attention, if not my allegiance. Please don’t suck, Tintin. (Released on December 21)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Is Mission Impossible the only movie franchise where each successive movie is better than its predecessor? Judging by both the trailers and the advance buzz from those who’ve seen footage from this fourth installment, the answer seems to be yes. Who’s to thank for this new movie’s potential greatness? That would be director Brad Bird, bringing his impressive experience from The Iron Giant and The Incredibles to live-action without losing the visual sense that made those movies so much fun to look at. I mean, just watch the trailer and see what I mean. (Released on December 21)
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Again, just look at the people involved: David Fincher, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Rooney Mara, a script from the man who wrote scripts for Schindler’s List and Gangs of New York, with music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (for those of us who liked what they did for The Social Network). Even if the first teaser for the movie wasn’t enough to convince you that you should really see “the feel-bad movie of the season,” the combination of those people and the success of Stieg Larsson’s amazingly successful novel should be enough to clue you into the possibility that this is something you really shouldn’t miss. (Released on December 23)