Christmas Day 2012 Opening Movie Releases & Other Choices

by on December 1, 2012

in Entertainment

Movies opening on Christmas DayThe holidays are upon us.  Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone and Christmas is hurtling at us faster than some care to admit.  But be it as it may, Christmas for many is valuable downtime and that means possible movie time!

Christmas this year comes on a Tuesday, and new movies for the week are opening on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

The new movies include Les Misérables, Django Unchained (The ‘D’ is silent), and Parental Guidance.

In addition, you have to keep in mind that Christmas day will also include movies that opened in movie theaters in previous weeks.  And that will bode well I’m sure, for fans of The Hobbit, Hitchcock, Jack Reacher and other flicks.

So what I’ve done is create a list of movies that not only include Christmas day opening movies, but films that are coming out in December, with the intent that some of them may still be playing come Tuesday.

DECEMBER 25th, 2012:

Hugh Jackman in

Les Misérables has quite the cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe,  Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Isabelle Allen, & Aaron Tveit.

It’s directed by Tom Hooper, whose short list of past directorial efforts includes such movies as The King’s Speech & The Damned United.

It’s rated PG-13

It’s An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean (Jackman) seeks redemption.

From some things I’ve been seeing, I think this may very well be quite the hit.

Leonardo DiCaprio in

Django Unchained spawns from the mind of writer/director Quentin Tarantino.  The cast in this film includes  Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx (As the titular character), Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Robert Carradine, Bruce Dern, CSI Miami’s Rex Linn and quite a few more.  Looking through the cast of characters, it seems you’ll be seeing a few familiar faces from the Kill Bill series and the like.

The film synopsis goes as follows:

“With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.”

And knowing Tarantino’s penchant for violence, I’m sure there will be plenty for the fan of the gore and action.

It has a runtime of 141 minutes and I don’t see a rating yet.  Filming locations for Django include New Orleans, Louisiana; Santa Clarita, California; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana; Lone Pine, California; & Independence, California.

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in

Parental Guidance cast includes Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Billy Crystal & Bette Midler.  It’s directed by Andy Fickman (You Again, She’s the Man)

“Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Mimdler) agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods.”

It comes with a PG movie rating, and was filmed around Fresno CA, Altanta GA and Johns Creek GA.


Friday, December 21st, 2012

Prior to Christmas Day, on Friday, December 21st, we have Killer Joe, Jack Reacher and This is 40 opening in theaters.  On the Road has limited engagement openings.

Matthew McConaughey in Killer JoeKiller Joe already has a movie rating of 6.9 /10 on IMDb with a multitude of film festival openings and having already opened overseas.

The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church & Gina Gershon.  The director is William Friedkin (Bug, The Hunted, Rules of Engagement).

“When a debt puts a young man’s life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.”

It’s rated R and runs 102 minutes in the theater.  It was filmed around New Orleans.

Tom Cruise in Jack ReacherJack Reacher is another Tom Cruise action flick, with other cast like  Alexander Rhodes , Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Richard Jenkins, Michael Raymond-James & Werner Herzog.

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Tourist, Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects), you have to take this directorial contribution into consideration if you look at some of his past work.


It has a PG-13 movie rating, and runs at 130 minutes.  It was shot around Saltsburg and Pittsburch, PA.

“A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.”

This is 40This is 40 stars Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann.  This comedy is from Judd Apatow (The Five-Year Engagement, Wanderlust, Bridesmaids).

“A look at the lives of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) a few years after the events of Knocked Up.”

It’s rated R and has a 134 minute runtime.

Kristen Stewart in On the RoadOn The Road stars Kristen Stewart acting human, has a limited opening, though it’s been playing in film festivals and overseas since July.

It has an R ratings and a runtime 124 minutes.

Aside from Stewart, the cast also includes Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, & Garrett Hedlund.

“Young writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Hedlund) and his girl, Marylou (Stewart). As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.”


Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark ThirtyComing out in a limited release to theaters is Zero Dark Thirty.  The chronicle of the hunt for Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011.

The cast is a strong one, which includes Jessica Chastain, Taylor Kinney, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau & Kyle Chandler.

The movie is from director/producter Kathryn Bigelow, who has brought us such great hits as The Hurt Locker and Point Break.

The movie will come out in national release on January 11th, 2013.

The 2001 animated hit Monsters, Inc is coming back out in 3D, if anyone is interested.  If anything, it adds to the family fair of movie selections.  You can’t go wrong with more family fare options at the theater.

The Guilt Trip is about “an inventor and his mom who hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.”

The cast includes Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski and Seth Rogan.

It’s rated PG-13 and has a 95-min runtime.

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit An Unexpected JourneyOn this date, the much awaited The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to theaters.  The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis & Aidan Turner

It’s from Peter Jackson.

“A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.”


Friday, December 7th, 2012


Anthony Hopkins in HitchcockWith the venerable Anthony Hopkins in the titular role, Helen Mirren plays Alma Reville and Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh & Jessica Biel as Vera Miles (Whoa! Ralph Machhio!?) in this biography of a sorts,

“A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. “

It’s rated PG-13 and runs for 98 minutes.

Lay the Favorite

Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall in Lay the Favorite

Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson & Laura Prepon star.

“Beth (Hall), a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, falls in with Dink (Willis), a sports gambler who swoons for her as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy, earning the initial ire of Dink’s wife, Tulip (Zeta-jones).”

IMDb has an early set of scores of a 4.8/10.  Close to “meh.”

It’s rated R and runs 94 minutes long.

Playing for Keeps is about A former sports star who’s fallen on hard times starts coaching his son’s soccer team in an attempt to get his life together.

Cast includes Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid.

Rated PG-13 and runs for 106 gloriously funny minutes.  (That is, if it’s funny.)

Hyde Park on Hudson is about the love affair between FDR and his cousin Margaret Stuckley, and takes place in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visit upstate New York.

It stars Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Laura Linney.

It’s rated R/94 minutes.

Bad Kids Go to Hell – An adaptation from the comic of the same name,

On a stormy Saturday afternoon, six students from Crestview Academy begin to meet horrible fates as they serve out their detentions. Is a fellow student to blame, or perhaps Crestview’s alleged ghosts are behind the terrible acts?

It stars Judd Nelson & Ben Browder with a cast of others.

Rated R/91 minutes.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lanelle December 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

The movie industry needs to take a hard look at themselves and the violence and death and guns. (Don’t get me wrong, I am a gun owner.) What ever happened to seeing a move for feeling good and enjoyment? This years selection of family movies is disgusting. Way to go Hollywood, epic failure!

Amy December 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

I agree with Janice, I was hoping for something family oriented. 🙁 We haven’t been able to see Wreck it Ralph yet so I guess we will search for that. In my opinion, we have seen Monsters Inc. a million times, there is no need to pay that much money to go and see it in 3D.

Janice December 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I cannot believe on a family holiday, there are NO Films for the entire family.
My kids do not like 3D so what is left? Not a good state if you ask me. It has been a long tradition to go to a movie on Christmas afternoon. Nothing for us to see this year!

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