Movie Previews: Films coming up this Winter Break

Colin Gregory, Staff Writer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Releases Dec. 14
A prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” series, The Hobbit appears to have a lighter, more jovial tone than the “Rings” trilogy. However, since it is helmed by “Rings” director Peter Jackson, there shouldn’t be much reason for concern. The final film in that trilogy won 12 Oscars, so the Hobbit is obviously in good hands.
Zero Dark Thirty. Releases Dec. 19
Chronicling the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty” looks to be one of the more thrilling movies of the year. This is, in part, because of director Kathryn Bigelow, whose last feature, “The Hurt Locker”, racked up plenty of major awards in 2008. The film promises to be politically impartial, as the president is reportedly not in the movie at all. Regardless, this promises to be a good one.
Les Misérables. Releases Dec. 25
Based on the book read during sophomore year, “Les Misérables” has perhaps the best cast in a movie this year. Anne Hathaway, Russell CroweHugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried top the star-studded list of actors. The film itself will be partly a musical, as shown heavily in the trailer. Whatever the case, “Les Misérables” looks to be among the most emotionally resonating films of the year.
Django Unchained. Releases Dec. 25
The “D” is silent. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, director of several movies that are revered within the film community, including “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” “Django Unchained” looks to be one of the most original movies of the year. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jamie Foxx, among others in an all-star cast, this movie is certainly marked on the calendar of movie buffs everywhere.