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There are only four weeks left in 2015, but those four weeks contain some of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. And no, we’re not just talking about Star WarsThe Hateful Eight is due out on December 25, and though they’re probably not technically supposed to be talking about it right now, critics have already started raving about Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. Get the Hateful Eight early buzz after the jump.

As Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone notes, reviews for The Hateful Eight are embargoed until December 21.

You may have noticed that today is not December 21. But some critics just couldn’t wait that long to gush about the movie. If the film is half as good as they say, it’s hard to blame them. The reviews so far range from very positive to very, very, very positive.

It’s worth pointing out that such early reactions are probably skewed. Breaking an embargo to praise a movie is one thing, but those who disliked The Hateful Eight probably don’t want to risk annoying the studio by bad-mouthing it before they’re allowed to. A few critics have hinted that the movie might not be as unanimously beloved as the tweets above might lead you to believe.

We’ll surely hear much more about The Hateful Eight before it opens, but for now, maybe it’s just enough to know there’s a lot to like about it. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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