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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — December 2012

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There’s a lot of great stuff heading to DVD and Blu-ray this December. Just in time for the holidays we’ve got everything from a Dark Knight to heart-warming family fare, and yes, a whole bunch of laughs and action too. 

December 4

The Dark Knight Rises – Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Anne Hathaway. The Dark Knight returns as Batman faces his — and Gotham City’s — deadliest foe yet.

Hope Springs‘ – Directed by David Frankel. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. A woman convinces her husband of 30 years to attend an intense, week-long series of counseling sessions to regain their intimacy.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green‘ – Directed by Peter Hedges. Starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Unable to conceive a child of their own, a couple buries a box filled with all the things they’d like their baby to be. In the morning, they receive a child who mysteriously holds all of the qualities they wanted.

Butter‘ – Directed by Jim Field Smith. Starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, and Olivia Wilde. When a small town butter-carving champ gives up the title, his ambitious wife makes a play to keep the award in the family, pitting her against her husband’s mistress and an 11-year-old girl.

Beasts of the Southern Wild‘ – Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. In her flooded bayou home, a 6-year-old girl copes with the illness of her father while preparing to protect her community from ancient creatures.

V/H/S‘ – Directed by Adam Wingard, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, and Joe Swanberg. This found footage horror anthology features five spooky stories told through old VHS tapes.

December 11

Ted‘ – Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Seth MacFarlane. John’s talking teddy bear named Ted has been by his side ever since he was a kid and wished the toy to life, but now his girlfriend wants more from their relationship and John and Ted’s friendship is put to the ultimate test.

Ice Age: Continental Drift‘ – Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. Starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo. Using an iceberg as a ship, Manny, Diego, and Sid set off on a brand new adventure filled with sea creatures and pirates.

The Bourne Legacy — Directed by Tony Gilroy. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, and Edward Norton. A new hero has arrived in the Bourne saga: Aaron Cross is one of many genetically enhanced black ops agents whose project has just been shut down, forcing him to go on the run to save himself from elimination.

Why Stop Now — Directed by Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan. A college piano prodigy tries to check his mom into rehab but finds himself taken hostage by her drug dealer instead.

December 18

Total Recall‘  — Directed by Len Wiseman. Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, and Bryan Cranston. In this remake of the ’80s classic, a factory worker named Quaid starts to think he’s a spy when a virtual vacation blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ – Directed by David Bowers. Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, and Devon Bostick. Greg’s summer plans are ruined and he has to find something to keep him occupied.

Trouble with the Curve‘ – Directed by Robert Lorenz. Starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. An old and ailing baseball scout takes his daughter out for one last recruitment trip.

Sleepwalk with Me‘ – Directed by Mike Birbiglia. Starring Mike Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose. Based on his own real-life experiences, this film follows Mike Birbiglia as a struggling stand-up comic as his longtime girlfriend demands a more serious commitment and he starts sleepwalking.

Liberal Arts — Directed by Josh Radnor. Starring Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen. 30-something Jesse goes back to college for his former professor’s retirement party and falls head over heels for a college student.

10 Years‘ – Directed by Jamie Linden. Starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and Chris Pratt. A group of friends meet up the night before their 10 year high school reunion only to realize that not much has changed for most of them.

‘The Good Doctor’ – Directed by Lance Daly. Starring Orlando Bloom and Riley Keough.  When he finds himself quite taken by a female patient with a kidney disorder, a doctor goes to unethical lengths to make sure she remains his patient.

December 21

Resident Evil: Retribution‘ – Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. Alice teams up with a resistance movement to continue her fight against the sinister Umbrella Corporation.

Premium Rush‘ – Directed by David Koepp. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, and Dania Ramirez. A bike messenger finds himself mixed up with a dirty cop when he agrees to deliver an envelope that holds something the cop desires.

Arbitrage — Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Brit Marling. When a hedge fund magnate runs into trouble trying to sell off the remnants of his trading empire, he must turn to an unlikely source for help.

Red Hook Summer — Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Jules Brown and Thomas Jefferson Byrd. A middle-class boy from Atlanta is forced to spend the summer with his very religious grandfather in Brooklyn.

Killer Joe — Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, and Juno Temple. When a young thief finds himself indebted to the wrong people, he and his dim-witted father contract a dirty cop to off the kid’s mother and collect the insurance money.

December 24

The Words — Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Dennis Quaid. An extremely successful writer uncovers and releases the unpublished work of another writer as his own, and soon discovers the price he must pay for his dishonesty.

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