New Jack City: Hollywood’s Holiday Rush—Right Here, Right Now

katniss_hunger_games_catching_fire-wideNext to the summer movie season, Thanksgiving-Christmas movie weeks are Hollywood’s second most important play period of the year…

One thing the Thanksgiving/Christmas schedule usually has OVER summer movies is the quality of films offered by the studios.

Many of the titles released are often part of the year’s Oscar hopefuls.

Here then (probably) are your most complete list of movies available to Kansas City moviegoers during the 2013 holiday period and their opening dates—which can change up to the last minute!

Many of the films listed will open wide, others in limited runs. And a few may open as exclusive engagements, then platform out to additional theaters in subsequent weeks.

Movies marked (###) are the ones I believe will become part of upcoming Oscar race.

So here they are. This year’s 25 motion pictures of Kansas City’s holiday season.

Opening FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

* “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” (Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson/Liam Hemsworth)

* “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (###) (Matthew McConaughey/Jennifer Garner)

* “DELIVERY MAN” (Vince Vaughn)

* “KILL YOUR DARLINGS” (Daniel Radcliffe/Kyra Sedgwick)

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Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Opening WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27:

* Alexander Payne’s “NEBRASKA” (###) (Bruce Dern/Will Forte)

* Disney’s animated “FROZEN” (Kristen Bell)

* “HOMEFRONT” (James Franco/Jason Statham/Winona Ryder)

* Spike Lee’s “OLDBOY” (Samuel L. Jackson/Josh Brolin)

* “THE BOOK THIEF” (Geoffrey Rush/Emily Watson)

* “PHILOMENA” (Judi Dench/Steve Coogan)

* “BLACK NATIVITY” (Forest Whitaker/Angela Bassett/Tyrese Gibson/Jennifer Hudson)

* “THE ARMSTRONG LIE” (Documentary)

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Opening FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6:

* “OUT OF THE FURNACE” (Christian Bale/Casey Affleck/Woody Harrelson)

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taurielOpening FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

* “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” (Ian McKellen/Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom/ Elijah Wood/Benedict Cumberbatch/Ian Holm)

* “TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS” (Tyler Perry/Larry The Cable Guy)

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Opening WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

* David O. Russell’s “AMERICAN HUSTLE” (###) (Bradley Cooper/Amy Adams/Jeremy Renner/Jennifer Lawrence/Louis C.K.)

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Anchorman 2

Anchorman 2

Opening FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20:

* “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES” (Will Ferrell/Paul Rudd/Steve Carell/David Koechner/Christina Applegate/Kristen Wiig)

* “SAVING MR. BANKS” (###) (Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson/Colin Farrell/Paul Giamatti)

* “WALKING WITH DINOSAURS” (Animated-John Leguizamo/Justin Long/Tiya Sircar)

* The Coen Brother’s “INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS” (Oscar Isaac/Carey Mulligan/John Goodman/Justin Timberlake)

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Opening WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25:

Wolf_Of_Wall_Street.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large* Martin Scorsese’s “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” (###) (Leonardo DiCaprio/Jonah Hill/Matthew McConaughey/Jon Favreau/Rob Reiner)

* “MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM” (###) (Naomie Harris/ Idris Elba/Grant Swanby)

* “GRUDGE MATCH” (Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro)

* “THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” (Ben Stiller/ Kristen Wiig/Sean Penn/Shirley MacLaine/Adam Scott)

* “47 RONIN” (Keanu Reeves/ Hiroyuki Sanada)

* “BELIEVE” (Justin Bieber’s musical documentary)

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chris-pine-as-jack-ryan-tom-clancySeveral major films currently moved out of Kansas City’s holiday season and into early 2014 include:

* “LONE SURVIVOR” (Mark Wahlberg/Taylor Kitsch)

* “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (###) (Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts)

* “THE MONUMENTS MEN” (George Clooney/Matt Damon)

* “JACK RYAN” (Chris Pine/Kevin Costner)

* Spike Jonze’ “HER” (Joaquin Phoenix/Amy Adams/Scarlett Johansson/Olivia Wilde/Rooney Mara)

Something for every taste served up by Hollywood this holiday season…….

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to New Jack City: Hollywood’s Holiday Rush—Right Here, Right Now

  1. the dude says:

    Whyy the hell are they remaking Oldboy?!?!?

    • PB says:

      Because they’re idiots with no original ideas. Spike Lee, no less. WTF?!

      That list certainly doesn’t excite me. In for The Hunger Games because I like the books and Jennifer Lawrence. And probably American Hustle (Jennifer again!) , Wolf of Wall St. and maybe the Coen Brothers flick. That’s pretty much it.

  2. jack p. says:

    A day after we put out our holiday movie calendar here comes the first opening date change!
    The documentary “ARMSTRONG LIE” has been moved from back its original opening date of November 27 to December 13.

    There you go Lancers……

  3. PB says:

    I will say it’s good to have an Evangeline Lilly sighting again, but damn, as some elfin archer?

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