Five December Movies To Make Your Yuletide Great

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)

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Comments

  • Anonymous

    MI4 looks outstanding. I like the mood of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so we’ll see. Also the six-song sampler of the Dragon soundtrack is available for free on NIN’s site for those that like the music.

    I’ll be skipping Tin-Tin. Looks like video game cut-scenes, not a movie.

  • uuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I was mislead by the word Great in the title of the article. This is just 5 December movies – duped into clicking a link again

  • JJ

    I like how they’re weirdly connected. Benedict Cumberbatch in TTSS, who plays Sherlock on TV. Then Steven Moffat who writes it also co writes Tintin. And even if it’s not that Sherlock, we get a Sherlock Holmes movie, starring also Naomi Rapace. Who’s character will be played by Rooney Mara this time in TGWADT.

    Mission Impossible 4 is just there.

  • Anonymous

    “Is Mission Impossible the only movie franchise where each successive movie is better than its predecessor?”

    No. No it’s not.

  • Scarletspeedster7

    Yeah, but MacMillan has poor taste in life.  Always take what he says and do the opposite.

  • Kungfuhustler84

    Fuck the Dragon Tattoo remake, just see the original, and if you like it check out the rest of the trilogy.

  • Steve

    Tinker Tailor and Tintin are both great.

    Also, there’s no way the ridiculous Mission: Impossible 2 is better than the first.

  • Steve

    Also, Daniel Craig is in two of these movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    Yeah! You just keep judging that movie before the release. You ‘da man!

  • JJ

    Can’t believe I missed that, thanks. Haha.

  • Free movies

    Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn both of amazing …..

  • Jeffrenaud99

    Hey JJ.

    Here’s your final connection: Simon Pegg plays Benji Dunn in MI4 and Thompson in Tintin.

    JR

  • Jesper

    Otherwise music is the way to get in the yuletide mood, got my own Spotify playlist just for that: 
    http://myspotify.dk/julemusik-julehits-og-julens-lyd-og-musik/spotify-playlists-yuletide-carols/