The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Around this time last year a movie titled “Life of Pi” was released and was touted in the critics circle for its brilliant cinematography. While Ben Stiller’s “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” based on the 1939 shirt story by James Thurber, may not be receiving quite the awards buzz, it is still a spectacle to behold.

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American Hustle

The last three awards seasons have resonated with one name: David O’Russell. His last two films, “The Fighter” and “Silver Lining Playbook” have earned his Best Director nods at the Oscars, with each being nominated for numerous acting awards and one taking home Best Picture. The director is back in awards contention this year with “American Hustle” a semi-based on a true story film about the 1970s ABSCAM operations.

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Director Peter Jackson’s fifth foray into the land of Middle Earth, entitled “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theatres December 13.

This movie has the honor of being the middle child of the “Hobbit” trilogy. What this typically means is, if you haven’t seen the first one, there isn’t time to explain it to you, and most likely the end doesn’t resolve much except moving our main characters along geographically and emotionally. Which is exactly what happened here.

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The latest based-on-a-true-story film to come out of Hollywood this season is “Philomena.”

Based on the 2009 book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, the film stars Judi Dench as Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith. The pair embark on a journey to find Philomena’s son, who she had to give up for forcible adoption by Irish nuns in the convent where she live during the 1950s.

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