In the Heart of the Sea - Chris Hemsworth

In the Heart of the Sea

Release Date: December 11th

Why You Should Be Excited: Who wants to see Thor fight Moby Dick? This is about as close as we’re gonna get to seeing that happen as Chris Hemsworth encounters the mythic whale that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel. It’s like Jaws, except this time they do have a bigger boat, several of them, and it doesn’t seem to help at all. Watch the trailer right here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens runtime

Release Date: December 18th

Why You Should Be Excited: We’ve been covering this movie so much that it’s amazing that there’s still something to be excited about. But there’s still so much mystery and excitement surrounding the beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy that even people who don’t care that much about Star Wars will probably end up seeing the movie. Plus, how can you go wrong with the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to a galaxy far, far away. Watch the trailer right here.

Joy

Joy - Jennifer Lawrence

Release Date: December 25th

Why You Should Be Excited: Director David O. Russell is teaming up with his American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro yet again. Lawrence plays a struggling mother who becomes a successful entrepreneur, but it doesn’t sound like it’s an entirely American-dream-come-true sort of story. A tour de force performance from Lawrence is certainly the driving force for this movie. Watch the trailer right here.

Snowden

Snowden

Release Date: December 25th

Why You Should Be Excited: The headline-making NSA whistleblower will have his story told by controversial, politically outspoken director Oliver Stone. Playing the titular character is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will play Snowden in the movie that recaps important parts of his life that would inform the key decisions he made later that would change his future forever. Watch the trailer right here.

The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (header)

Release Date: December 25th (limited)

Why You Should Be Excited: After delivering last year’s Best Picture winner Birdman, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is back with something completely different.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in the revenge drama, set in the early 19th century American wilderness, which has been rumored to have very little dialogue and also employs some truly impressive cinematography yet again. Watch the trailer right here.

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Release Date: December 25th (limited)

Why You Should Be Excited: What better Christmas present is there to open than another film from Quentin Tarantino. And just in time for the holiday season, this one looks to have plenty of snow as a variety of travelers get stuck in a tavern and inn in the middle of a storm. But once they get to talking, there’s probably some blood that will end up being spilled. After all, this is a Tarantino movie. And with a cast that includes Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins and more. Watch the trailer right here.

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That’s all for the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. Come back next week for our Arthouse and Indie Edition with even more movies to catch before the year is out.

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