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6 Massive Movies Of December 2014

The holiday season is preparing to hit us in full force, so what are the big releases hitting South African cinemas this month?

Cinemas around SA are set to unleash some pretty epic movies to capture our attention this month, including some long-anticipated sequels and new films to satisfy a fan of every genre.

Of Mice and Men
Saturday, 6 December

The hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, starring Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) is being released in cinemas for a limited time only, and it’s definitely worth checking out. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Award, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Friday, 12 December

Peter Jackson’s third film in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit series highlights the conclusion of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman), epic quest alongside the Wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and the thirteen Dwarves’ to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb
Friday, 19 December

Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy return for more after-hours mayhem in this third and final outing of the successful Night at the Museum series.   When the magic that brings the exhibits to life begins to fade, Larry (Ben Stiller) rallies his historical friends for a trip to London and the adventure of a lifetime. Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, and Rebel Wilson co-star.

John Wick
Friday, 19 December

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the assassin genre that co-stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, Ian McShane and John Leguizamo.

Big Hero 6
Friday, 26 December

Inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name, this animated adventure centres on young robotics genius Hiro Hamada, who learns to make the best use of his abilities thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

When they’re catapulted into the middle of a dangerous criminal  plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion — his robot Baymax — and transforms his group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes who are determined to solve the mystery.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Friday, 26 December

Though raised as siblings by Queen Tuya (Sigourney Weaver) and Pharaoh Seti (John Turturro), Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) are ultimately separated by fate and ideology, forever changing themselves and the course of history in the process.

As they grow into their respective roles as national leaders, Moses will need to soften Ramses’ hardened heart through demonstrations of God’s power, including the famous 12 Plagues, if he is to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt and slavery towards freedom and the land of Israel.

Which movie are you most excited to see this month? Let us know in the comments section below.

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