Call it “end of the year” or “holiday” movie season; November and December are time for some of the biggest releases of the year. The 2013 holiday or end-of-year movie season features a number of highly anticipated sequels and some intriguing originals. “Lord of the Rings” and “Hunger Games” fans will rejoice in the latest chapter of their favorite fandom, but all movie fans will have something to celebrate.
Thor: The Dark World
The Nov. 8 release of “Thor: The Dark World” is sure to please Marvel Comics and “Avengers” fans. Whether you’re a comics and superhero fan or not, “Thor: The Dark World” will be an action and special effects blockbuster.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens Nov. 22; it will certainly earn a spot among the top films of the year. 2012’s “The Hunger Games” was the third-grossing movie of that year, behind “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Avengers.”
“Oldboy” is a famous horror/revenge film produced in South Korea, notorious for its bloody intensity. An American remake of “Oldboy” directed by Spike Lee and staring Josh Brolin opens Nov. 27. Excited as I am to see some of the other holiday season releases, I will definitely be checking out this film to see how it compares to the original.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Part 2 of “The Hobbit” opens on Dec. 13. Director Peter Jackson’s vision of J.R.R Tolkien’s beloved novels has created one of the largest, most dedicated fandoms in history. “The Hobbit” part 2 is sure to be one of the top-three selling films of the season.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Fans have long awaited “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” almost since the release of the original “Anchorman.” Will Ferrell gives one of his best and most beloved performances as the Anchorman, Ron Burgundy. On Dec. 20, those who have waited years to see more of Ron Burgundy’s hijinks get their wish.
Christmas Day Movie Releases
On Dec. 25 “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and “Grudge Match” will be among releases for movie fans who need to get out of the house for a Christmas Day movie, or for those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Chris Pine’s increasing clout as an actor combined with a popular film and fiction character will be a strong draw for movie fans. “Grudge Match” will please comedy fans with the story of two washed-up boxing champs who rekindle a rivalry that forces them out of retirement. Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro spoof their famous roles as Rocky Balboa and “Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta.
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