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The Watch List: 10 December Movie Releases

Our movie picks for December will have you exploring different planets, gaining a new appreciation for fine art, and taking fantastical journeys in wild imaginations.

1 / 10

The Last Days on Mars

This sci-fi thriller stars Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams and Elias Koteas as members of a manned mission to the Red Planet that finds evidence of extraterrestrial life. Sounds a lot like Brian De Palma’s Mission to Mars, but presumably without the zero-gravity dance scene set to Van Halen.

2 / 10

Her

Spike Jonze’s latest, about a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a sentient operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), has drawn rave reviews. Welcome to the modern romance.

3 / 10

The Monuments Men

America’s favourite salt-‘n’-pepper superstar headlines and directs this historical drama about a World War II platoon tasked with rescuing valuable art from Nazi thieves.

4 / 10

The Past

The Oscar-winning director of A Separation, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, makes the move to France with this story of an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) who returns to Paris to finalize a divorce from his ex (The Artist‘s Berenice Bejo).

5 / 10

Saving Mr. Banks

Mr. America himself, Tom Hanks, plays Walt Disney. Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the woman behind Mary Poppins. You don’t really need to know anything else, do you?

6 / 10

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy returns in this Judd Apatow-produced sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell hit. They bring you the news so you don’t have to get it yourself.

7 / 10

American Hustle

If nothing else, David O. Russell’s period pic about a 1970s con man working with an FBI agent will offer a chance to see some of Hollywood’s finest-from Christian Bale and Amy Adams to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence-in bell-bottoms and chest wigs.

8 / 10

Grudge Match

So you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. No matter: this new film casts Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as former rivals who get back into the ring for one final match.

9 / 10

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Author Tom Clancy passed away earlier this year, but his legacy lives on. Chris Pine takes the reins in the latest Jack Ryan adventure, which has the young hero dismantling a Russian plot to sink the U.S. economy.

10 / 10

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller returns to the director’s chair with this remake of a James Thurber story turned 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle, about a shy magazine worker who spices up his dull existence by escaping into fantasy worlds.