Weekend Preview – December 20, 2013

We have a bunch of award contenders getting their wide releases this weekend, and a couple less acclaimed movie options as well.

Anchorman 2 PosterAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burganday’s (Will Ferrel) oddball news team is headed for the big city.

I hear it’s funny, assuming you liked the first one, but I haven’t seen it nor did I especially like the first.

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Walking With Dinosaurs PosterWalking with Dinosaurs

It appears to be Land Before Time with computer graphics

I haven’t seen it, but it looks great in the trailers, until the talking starts.

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American Hustle PosterAmerican Hustle

A fictionalized account of the FBI’s famous ABSCAM operation.

Amazing performances all around, and worth it for Jennifer Lawrence alone, but it never comes together as a great whole.

Read my full review here.

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Inside Llewyn Davis PosterInside Llewyn Davis

One man’s struggle to be a successful folk singer.

With an amazing soundtrack, this is the type of film that grows on you the more you think about it.  (Currently in moderate release).

Read my full review here.

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Saving Mr. Banks PosterSaving Mr. Banks

The story of how Walt Disney convinced Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers to allow him to create the film we all know and love.

A good film, but feels a little to convenient and contrived to become truly meaningful.

Read my full review here.

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