The Great Gatsby
Release Date: December, 2012
Genre: Literature - Romance

Rejoice all you English Majors; F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel will be hitting the big screen sometime near the end of 2012. For those of you who didn't major in literature (or just fell asleep in English class) let's take a moment to backtrack and fill you in on the story. The Great Gatsby is set in New York just after WWI, at the start of the roaring twenties. Nick Carraway (portrayed here by Tobey Maguire), a Yale graduate hoping to learn the bond business, rents a house next to the mansion of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) a mysterious host of regular parties. Nick soon finds himself visiting the home of his nearby cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband Tom (Joel Edgerton), who he quickly learns are somehow connected with Gatsby. Cut to drama and love triangles, which ensue as the story unfolds. Odds are this movie will hit a niche audience but we wouldn't be surprised if it also made a grab for some Oscar nominations while it was out. Either way, you should pay attention as it's likely to become this years "date movie".
                            

 

Lincoln
Release Date:
December, 2012
Genre: Historical - Drama

Steven Spielberg's biographical drama, Lincoln, has been making waves since late October of 2011. The film will focus on the last few months of Lincoln's life as he strove to abolish slavery and bring an end to the civil war amidst the troubles of home and congress. The cast for this film looks like an Oscar party guest list and we can't help but think the directors were trying to kill two birds with one stone here. Daniel Day-Lewis will portray President Abraham Lincoln, with Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as their oldest son Robert Todd Lincoln. Other notable names include Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, David Strathairn, Jared Harriess, and a wealth of others playing an assortment of generals or senators. There may not be much to go on right now but make no mistake; this movie is going to be big.
            

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December, 2012
Genre: Epic Fantasy  

It's finally here. For the three years between 2001 and 2003, the month of December took on a whole new meaning. People didn't just anticipate the arrival of Christmas and snow; they also anticipated the release of the next movie in The Lord of the Rings saga. Peter Jackson's breathtaking adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels rocked audiences everywhere, and ever since The Return of the King took home the Oscar for best picture, audiences have been praying that the adventure wouldn't end there. This December, their prayers will be answered with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films directed by Peter Jackson. As a prequel to Tolkien's trilogy, The Hobbit reveals how Bilbo Baggins (played here by Martin Freeman) first met the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and joined him on his journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor for the dragon Smaug. The film will have plenty of new characters, along with some familiar faces, and it will likely become this year's blockbuster. So when you have a free minute, visit the library and catch up on your elvish, Middle Earth is returning this December.                      

*This article first published 1/17/2012