Movies You Still Have to See Before the Year Ends

In a little more than 30 days, we are going to welcome 2014. And do you know what that means for me and my fellow movie enthusiasts out there? A new year for exciting movies! You must have heard by now about the big movies slated to come to theaters next year. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, anyone?

But, contain your excitement for now. Actually, don't. There are a few more movies set to come out before the year ends and you might be interested in checking them out. See below:

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This 2013 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film was produced by Walt Disney Animaton Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. This is actually loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. The movie features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad.

It tells the story of a fearless, yet optimistic princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her sister, the Snow Queen, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Release Date: November 27, 2013

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This action-thriller film is directed by Gary Fleder. It was based on Chuck Logan's novel of the same name and adapted into a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone. The film stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. The movie was originally set to be released in 2014 but got an early date instead - November 27, 2013.

If you're a fan of Jason Statham, you should see this movie. I, for one, would. I always liked Jason and the fact that I always expect less from his movies but usually ends up feeling good about watching them.

Release Date: November 27, 2013

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

In this second installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie franchise, the storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The film also stars Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is scheduled to premiere on December 2, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Release Date: December 11, 2013

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American Hustle

A brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his British partner and lover, but frightened newbie grifter, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are recruited and forced to work for an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that is as dangerous as it is enchanting. The operation eventually involves the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

This is the premise of the latest crime drama film from Columbia Pictures and directed by David O. Russell. I say, you take a look at this one. There's Jennifer Lawrence, for one. And oohhhh Bradley Cooper! :D

Release Date: December 18, 2013 (Worldwide)

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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

This upcoming dinosaur film was produced by BBC Earth and named after BBC's 1999 television documentary miniseries. It features computer-animated dinosaurs in live-action settings, and the main characters are voiced by actors. The film is directed by Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook from a script by John Collee. The movie was filmed mostly in Alaska and New Zealand.

I have included this movie because my son loved it when we saw the theatrical preview 2 months ago. Kids, especially those who love Jurassic Park like my kid, will surely like this one as well.

Release Date: December 20, 2013

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47 Ronin

This upcoming fantasy action film depicts a fictional account of the forty-seven ronin; they are a real-life group of samurai in Japan in the 18th century who avenge the murder of their master. Produced by Universal Studios and directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, the movie stars Keanu Reeves,  Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada and an ensemble of other Japanese actors.

Release Date: December 25, 2013

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