December In the Theater

The following is a list, in order of release date, of films which I'd like to see in a theater this month:

The Day the Earth Stood Still
This remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic looks intense and stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, and Jon Hamm. It's out on Friday, December 12th.

The Wrestler
Darren Aronofsky, the director of Requiem For a Dream and The Fountain, has managed to make me interested in a story about a washed-up professional wrestler. I get a Raging Bull vibe from this, but with more redemption. December 17th.

The Spirit
Frank Miller's latest hyper-stylized graphic-novel-on-screen doesn't look as visually fresh as Sin City, but I'm a sucker for that spilled-bottle-of-India-ink asthetic. This almost certainly gory flick opens on Christmas Day.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This also opens on Christmas Day. Two words: David Fincher.

Revolutionary Road
I think this film appeals to my struggle between cynicism toward and desire for the American dream. It hits the big screen on Boxing Day.

Valkyrie
Does this movie have a chance of saving Tom Cruise's career? I dunno, but a WWII-era suspense flick involving high-explosives and slightly desaturated cinematography sounds right up my alley. December 26th.