Here’s to the Journey

November 29, 2012

And then Galdalf declared, “ROAD TRIP!”

Let’s get a few things out of the way: Soylent Green is people, Rosebud is a sled, and Macbeth gets killed by Macduff because Macduff’s mom had a C-section and he’s therefore not of woman born. Spoilers aren’t spoilers if the information is already out there. This winter will bring a bunch of films with knowable endings, but the point of these movies is the journey, not the destination.

 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Release date: Dec. 14

We’re not sure how EXACTLY this will end, since this is the first of three films director Peter Jackson based on one book. But “Unexpected”? We all know what’s coming: Walking. And dwarfs.

The Impossible

Release Date: Dec. 21

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in this film about a real-life family that makes it through the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. So, they all live! After enduring a lot of tsunami-related horribleness, though.

 Zero Dark Thirty

Release Date: Jan. 11

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow follows up “The Hurt Locker” with a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. President Obama spoiled the ending of this one last year.

West of Memphis

Release date: Jan. 25

It would seem that Peter Jackson is busy enough, but the “Hobbit” director found time to produce this documentary about the “West Memphis Three,” a trio of teens falsely convicted of Satanic-style murders. They served 18 years for the crime but were released in 2011. Way to spoil the ending, actual events.

 Safe Haven

Release Date: Feb. 14 (duh)

It’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, which means there will be a young, beautiful couple in love. Other characters to expect: a wise curmudgeon and some sort of fatal disease. We encourage laying bets on what said disease will be (please be more specific than “cancer,” as it’s nearly ALWAYS cancer).

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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