Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena tells the story of newlywed couple George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence). Together, they build a successful empire and become business partners. But when Serena discovers that she can’t have children, she becomes destructive. She plans to murder George’s illegitimate son and their marriage unravels as they try to prevent their land from being taken by the government.
The movie looks mediocre and I probably wouldn’t go see it unless a few people told me it was good. The plot seems interesting enough despite taking place in the ’20s. There aren’t many big names other than Cooper and Lawrence, so they’d really have to carry the film on their own. Lawrence is an immediate turnoff for me, but Cooper looks like he’ll deliver.
Serena is set to open on December 5.
This film follows the life of comedian Andre Allen (Chris Rock) as he tries to reinvent himself as a serious actor. His upcoming wedding to reality TV star Erica Long (Gabrielle Union) is set to be broadcast and is being called “the biggest event of the year”. In the midst of the media frenzy, he agrees to be interviewed for The New Yorker by Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). Their relationship blossoms into something much more than a professional relationship.
Loaded with great star power (Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, and Kevin Hart), the film looks like it’ll be a pretty good story about making tough choices in life. I also think it’ll be cool to see the other side of fame, and how celebrities struggle with their image.
Top Five is set to open on December 12.
A remake of the ’80s classic, Annie follows the life of a little orphan girl, Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) who is sent to live with a rich politician, Will Stacks (Jaime Foxx), for a week to improve his image.
Watching this get remade into a film starring black actors is amazing. I think it’s a wonderful way to break free from the original, adorable freckled redhead and move into newer things that spark a conversation. I won’t lie, I’m probably not going to see it because it’s your typical feel-good movie that I have no time for. But if you’re into that kind of thing, this movie is perfect for the holidays.
Annie is set to open on December 19.
From director Tim Burton comes the story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose work was fraudulently claimed by her then-husband Walter Keane (Christopher Waltz). The film follows their marriage and their eventual divorce after Margaret tried to prove the paintings were indeed hers.
This movie looks fascinating and I can’t wait to see it. I think it’ll be wonderful to see a woman overcome career and marriage struggles as she tries to find the voice her husband took from her. Adams and Waltz have never disappointed me, and to see them in a movie together will make the whole thing so much better.
Big Eyes is set to come out on Christmas Day.
Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), a young Olympic runner who went on to join the U.S. Army Air Forces. His plane crashed and after spending 47 days on the water, Zamperini was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war.
This movie looks incredible in just about every way. It looks like a heart-breaking story about a young man who refused to surrender.
Unbroken is set to open on Christmas Day.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Set in New York, 1981, an immigrant, Abel Morales (Oscar Issac) and his wife, Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain) try to build a life for themselves and their family in the midst of the city’s most dangerous year.
This looks like something much greater than a mere crime drama. It’s about family, immigration, and the trauma associated with a violent city. It looks much more interesting than it may sound.
A Most Violent Year is set to open on December 31.