December is the busiest month for films, with more releases than any other time of the year. To help you process the levity of that statement , here’s our list of the top films that we think you should see this month.
Inside Llewyn Davis
A reimagination of the 1960s folk scene in New York City by the ever dark and quip-y Coen brothers is enticing for a number of reasons. It’s both a character and a scene study: a shadowy peek at the underbelly of America’s music landscape on the verge of folk’s commercialization, and a portrait of an artist who doesn’t get near reaping its profits. Also, the original score. (We’ve shown this clip before but it bears repeating).
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Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey and 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto return to the screen in this bizarre story about two unlikely business partners. The line of work? Smuggling AIDS drugs into Texas in the 1980s. Even if Leto’s portrayal of a transsexual woman with AIDS weren’t one of 2013’s most buzzed-about performances, if you’ve seen either McConaughey’s or Leto’s work in recent years, you know it’ll be a fascinating watch.
Her (A Spike Jonze Love Story)
Spike Jonze’s stirring foray into love and relationships is one of the year’s most aesthetic films. Set several years into L.A.’s future, the story postures about intimacy and communication in a world cushioned by technology, led by Joaquin Phoenix’s baring, flawless performance and a score by Arcade Fire. Humming in soft pastels, quiet rooms and commutes, it’s a gorgeous, lulling and lonesome world that scoops up the saddest and brightest details of love into a film that will unfailingly provoke and move you.
August Osage County
Because how could a film about a dysfunctional family starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ever do wrong? If the cast of this film didn’t get you, this trailer will.
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"Some hustle for the money, some hustle for love, but everyone hustles to survive." Terrible trailer aside, David O. Russell’s blaring 1970s political drama pulls the best of Hollywood elite into a new film that’s as enticing as its appealing cast, i.e. Silver Linings Playbook x The Fighter. No qualms about that.
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
When two of Hollywood’s biggest powerhouses collide, you know it’s either going to be a masterpiece or a disaster. It’s hard to imagine how The Wolf Of Wall Street, which brings arguably the best director and actor in the world together, could fail. But it’s possible. All we’re saying is, you’ll only know from seeing it or reading the reviews.