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The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In December

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2012 11:13 AM
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With November done, there's only a few weeks left of 2012, and as ever, they're positively stacked with movies. The month is back-loaded with the usual mix of family fare, blockbusters and awards hopefuls, and no less than sixteen major movies will hit screens between the 19th and the 28th of December. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we've picked out ten of the key releases that, whether they work or not, will be dominating the conversation all the way into 2013. Check them out below, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments section.

6 New Photos Of Matt Damon, Frances McDormand & John Krasinski In ‘Promised Land’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 2:15 PM
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Still hoping to launch a sneak attack on the awards season, Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" is lurking in the background. And set to hit theaters right at the tail end of December, Focus Features are hoping to surprise Oscar voters with a drama that puts small town values front and center.

Benghazi, The Fiscal Cliff & The Election: How Important Is It For A Best Picture Contender To Capture The Zeitgeist?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2012 3:58 PM
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When President Barack Obama won re-election a week ago, more than one tweet popped up saying something along the lines of "Well, that makes 'Lincoln' the Best Picture front-runner now." You could certainly make that argument for Steven Spielberg's film. It had plenty of adoring reviews, a titanic performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, and a enormously healthy box office-average in limited release, taking around $75000 on each of its eleven screens.

First Look Photos Of Matt Damon In 'Promised Land'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2012 1:24 PM
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Anti-fracking screed or portrait of small town America trying to survive in today's topsy-turvy economy? Maybe both perhaps, but there's no doubt that when Matt Damon and John Krasinski's "Promised Land" arrives at the end of the year, it will spark many discussions .

Watch: The American Dream Is In Peril In Trailer For Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Starring Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2012 3:46 PM
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With all the talk about what "Promised Land" is and isn't about, we'll leave it to co-star Titus Welliver to break it down. "It has great story because it’s really about the issue we face right now with this hydro-fracking. Within that framework is a story about people and how they navigate the idea of making a lot of money when things aren’t exactly how they seem on the surface," he told Hollywood News. "It’s about people going through changes and how they perceive things or what the truths the ideals are that they have, how they change as things unfold. That was an incredible experience." Yep, that's it in a nutshell, and once again the awards season race has shifted with the arrival of the trailer for the film.

Danny Elfman Scoring 'Hitchcock' & Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 7:48 PM
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Surely at this stage, Danny Elfman must have some kind of cloning machine at work. In 2012 alone, the Oingo Boingo member turned composer has penned two scores for his regular collaborator Tim Burton, "Dark Shadows" and "Frankenweenie," another for "Men In Black 3," and one for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." He's got Fox animated pic "Epic" and a reunion with Sam Raimi on "Oz The Great and Powerful" coming up too, but all being well, we could see two more Elfman scores before the year is out.

Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski Gets December 28th Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 4:14 PM
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Just when you thought the Venice and TIFF lineups had solidified what we could expect in theaters through the end of year (and into 2013), and what the Oscar race would look like, here comes Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" to shake things up.

Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Could Hit Theaters By The End Of The Year; Not An Anti-Fracking Movie Says John Krasinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 12:08 PM
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Could Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon be headed back to the Oscars? That could be the case if word on their latest collaboration, "Promised Land," bears out.

'Promised Land' Officially Starts Production, Oil Drilling Plotline Detailed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 3:22 PM
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As "Promised Land" has been moving along, gathering up financing, a director and a cast, the actual plot details have been kept mostly under wraps, with only vague allusions to a Capra-esque tale about two rivals in a small town. In the last few weeks, the filmmakers behind the Kickstarter-funded documentary "FrackNation" posited that the film written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski was going to be an anti-fracking movie (fracking is essentially the process by which water and chemicals are blasted to separate rock layers to extract gas and oil). But of course, the documentarians are making a movie that purports to tell the "truth" about the controversial nature of fracking, so they had an agenda of their own to push, and besides their word, there was no indication that "Promised Land" was going to tackle that topic.

Character Actor Titus Welliver Heads To Gus Van Sant's 'The Promised Land'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 20, 2012 2:45 PM
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Recognize that face, but don't know his name? Don't worry, this actor is definitely one of those "hey, it's that guy" dudes. A television regular having featured on shows such as "Deadwood," "Sons Of Anarchy" and "Lost," character actor Titus Welliver is someone you would have come across on the small screen, but he's also teamed with the Afflecks on all three of Ben's directorial efforts including the upcoming "Argo." The actor is now set to complete the Boston trifecta, joining Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant's upcoming "Promised Land."

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