Flashforward: December’s Most Anticipated Films

December’s Most Anticipated Films:

Movie of the Month: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release date: December 18, 2015

Director: J. J. Abrams

Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow

Synopsis: The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films


Release date: December 4, 2015 (US)

Director: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis

Synopsis: Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Current Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

The Revenant

Release date: December 6, 2015

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virture of Ignorance), Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams, Amores perros).

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson (also in this month’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Will Poulter

Synopsis: In an 1823 expedition of the uncharted American wilderness,explorer and fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his hunting team. The movie follows Glass’ navigation of a vicious winter to survive.

The Hateful Eight

Release date: December 25, 2015

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum

Synopsis: In post-Civil War Wyoming, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Russell) is escorting fugitive Daisy “The Prisoner” Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock where the latter will face justice for murder. They encounter another bounty hunter named Major Marquis “The Bounty Hunter” Warren (Jackson) and Chris “The Sheriff” Mannix (Goggins). A blizzard forces the four to take shelter at a stagecoach passover called Minnie’s Haberdashery where they encounter four more strangers; Bob “The Mexican” (Bichir), Oswaldo “The Little Man” Mobray (Roth), Joe “The Cow Puncher” Gage (Madsen), and ex-General Sanford “The Confederate” Smithers (Dern). Through betrayal and deception, the eight strangers soon learn that they may not make it to Red Rock after all.

In The Heart of the Sea

Release date: December 11, 2015 (US)

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson

Synopsis: In 1820, the whaling ship Essexis crewed by the Captain George Pollard, Jr., first officer Owen Chase, second officer Matthew Joy, and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson. During their voyage, the ship is sunk when it is rammed and split in half by a very large and enraged bull sperm whale, ultimately leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days and more than a thousand miles from land. After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to resort to cannibalism.


Release date: December 18, 2015

Director: Jason Moore

Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, James Brolin, Madison Davenport, John Cena

Synopsis: Follows two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.


Release date: December 25, 2015

Director: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, American Hustle)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Synopsis: The film follows Joy Mangano, a single mother of three children, through four generations as she builds her business empire after creating the Miracle Mop.

The Big Short

Release date: December 11, 2015 (US)

Director: Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues)

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Karen Gillan, Marissa Tomei

Synopsis: Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

Current Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

American Hero

Release date: December 11, 2015

Director: Nick Love

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin, Bill Billions, Jonathan Billions.

Synopsis: Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs – until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

Point Break

Release date: December 25, 2015 (US)

Director: Ericson Core

Starring: Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone

Synopsis: A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.


Release date: December 4, 2015 (US)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda

Synopsis: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.

Current Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

December’s Least Anticipated Films:

The Ridiculous 6

Release date: December 11, 2015

Director: Frank Coraci

Starring: Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, terry Crews, Danny Trejo, Will Forte

Synopsis: When his outlaw dad is kidnapped, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn sets off across the West on a rescue mission with five brothers he never knew he had.


Release date: December 25, 2015

Director: Peter Landesman

Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Synopsis: A dramatic storytelling depiction of Bennet Omalu’s race against time to publicize CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in American football players and games and the attempts by the NFL to deny the problem and to disparage

Current Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Daddy’s Home

Release date: December 25, 2015

Director: Sean Anders

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini

Synopsis: Brad, mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) struggles to become a good stepfather to his wife’s (Linda Cardellini) two children, but complications arise when their father, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

2015 Overall List:

Most Anticipated Film of 2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (NEW)

Least Anticipated Film of 2015: The Ridiculous Six (NEW)

Thanks for reading!

Damien from Flashback/Backslide

4 thoughts on “Flashforward: December’s Most Anticipated Films

  1. Solid list Damien. I am so iffy on Concussion. I think it could go either way (let me elaborate: it could either be absolutely terrible or it could come off as merely mediocre and Will Smith will just come off as lame, trying to force that accent. And the casting of Luke Wilson as Roger Goodell is baffling to me.)

    As for your other selections, I think I agree, although count me as one of those who couldn’t care less about The Force Awakens. I know I’m gonna catch flak for that, but eh. . .


  2. Gotta say that Daddy’s Home looks dreadful as does Point Break. Seen Youth and In The Heart of the Sea already. Nice list! No doubt Star Wars tops every list about now.


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