It’s the most wonderful movie-going time of the year

Nebraska poster

Seriously. It is. Check out what is opening in Buffalo in the next few weeks:

December 18:

  • American Hustle — A biggie. Will David O. Russell follow Silver Linings Playback with another success? Early buzz is mixed, but this mix of Scorsese, comb-overs, and 70s chic looks fantastic.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — It’s got a lot to live up to, but I expect Will Ferrell will bring in some major business. This is sure to make more of a commercial dent than the original, which turned into a favorite over time.

December 20:

  • Saving Mr. Banks — Hanks as Walt Disney? People will likely love it, but I can’t seem to muster up much enthusiasm.
  • Nebraska — Likewise, I find myself less excited than I was for Alexander Payne’s last film, The Descendants. But the poster is brilliant, and so is Bruce Dern, supposedly.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (unconfirmed) — The Coens’ long-awaited new film is set to go wide on the 20th … But I am waiting for an official announcement of Buffalo dates. It feels like that first trailer was two years ago, doesn’t it?

December 25:

  • The Wolf of Wall Street — I. Can’t Wait.
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — Ben Stiller’s film looks dangerously Gump-y, but seems a bold,, ambitious gambit.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — This biopic obviously takes on new poignancy following the death of its subject. I saw the first hour at TIFF (before a technical malfunction canceled the screening), and must say, I was impressed with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, but not the film.
  • 47 Ronin — Sorry, Keanu … I think we have a bomb.

Lots more is coming, including Lone Survivor, Spike Jonze’s Her, August: Osage County, and many others. This is shaping up to be a thrilling month-plus of cinema.