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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.

Watch: Jessica Chastain Watches Seal Team 6 Take Off In New Clip From NYFCC Winner 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 3:32 PM
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There are many more critics' groups to go and weeks of campaigning and twists and turns to come, but at least for this afternoon, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is at the front of the Oscar pack, thanks to a three award win courtesy of the New York Film Critics Circle. Taking Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, it looks like the picture is going to be a major player.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture & Best Director To Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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This morning saw the New York Film Critic's Circle fumble all day with Twitter, but finally announce their awards for 2012's best, marking the first critics' group to bestow their honors. Sometimes bucking against the tide ("The Accidental Tourist" and "Far From Heaven" are among past Best Feature winners), sometimes proving good precursors to the Academy (they matched Best Picture, Director, Actress and Foreign Language feature last year), it's generally deemed to be the first major precursor of awards season.

Go On The Hunt With New Images From 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 4:28 PM
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"Electric, sprawling and ambitious," that's what we had say about Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which has started screening for critics as it heads into awards-contending limited release in just a couple of weeks. Indeed, it's one of the hottest conversation pieces at the moment, and a few more pics take you on the ground.

Oscars: In A Field Of Epics Who Has The Best Chance To Win Best Editing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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This week's "Killing Them Softly" is something of an outlier this season, in that it runs at a brisk 97 minutes. As has been noted by many -- not least a seemingly ADD-afflicted senior Variety staffer -- many of the big movies in awards contention have come with epic running times.

Protect The Homeland Or Go After Bin Laden: Blistering First Clip From 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 12:55 PM
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The hunt for Osama Bin Laden might seem like a straightforward operation on paper, but juggling politics, changes in chains of command and a focus from international threats to homegrown efforts turned that job into a decade-long task. But as Kathryn Bigelow's based-on-fact account "Zero Dark Thirty" will reveal, there was one woman at the center who always had her eye on the endgame.

Watch: 'Nightline' Report On 'Zero Dark Thirty' Featuring Interviews, New Footage, Behind-The-Scenes Peeks & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2012 5:20 PM
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"I think it's the story of a lifetime," director Kathryn Bigelow told ABC's "Nightline," and there really is no other way to put it. The result of years of intensive, mostly under the radar, highly classified work, the nation -- and world -- were shocked when in May of 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed as the result of a clandestine operation. It helped close the book on a painful memory in the American psyche, and in many ways forced a new look at the war on terror. And while you might know how it ends, you don't know how it happened.

Oscars: Taking The Temperature Of The Race As 'Les Miserables' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Screen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2012 10:57 AM
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With Thanksgiving over and done with, we've arguably reached the mid-point of the awards season. Things will be kicking off with the Independent Spirit nominations arriving tomorrow, and the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following next week. And with Oscar ballots going out not long after, almost every film has been screened, with "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" making their debuts over the weekend to press and industry types, leaving "Django Unchained" the last major contender to be seen by critics. And many of the big movies, including "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life Of Pi" most recently, have now been seen by audiences too.

Jessica Chastain Centers In New 'Zero Dark Thirty' Images & TV Spot; Filmmakers Could Make A Prequel Hunt Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 24, 2012 1:35 PM
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In the opening moments of the thriller-cum-action drama "Zero Dark Thirty," the picture displays text onscreen that reads, “based on firsthand accounts of actual events.” “I don’t want to play fast and loose with history,” Mark Boal, the screenwriter of the film, told the New York Times  about his in-depth research into the movie's story: the Seal Team Six hunt and elimination of Osama Bin Laden. "Zero Dark Thirty" -- a military term for thirty minutes after midnight -- reunites the Oscar-winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Boal (who brought you "The Hurt Locker") for the story of one of history's greatest manhunts.

Jessica Chastain Goes On The Hunt For Bin Laden In New Pics & Poster For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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In a moment, it seemed to be over. When news emerged last year that the U.S. government had undertaken a daring, clandestine mission that resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the revelation came as a surprise. Nearly a decade after the horrific attacks on 9/11, the nation was a bit closer to closure. But how was Bin Laden found? How did the search continue through two different administrations in the White House? Well, strap in...

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