This week brings a tidal wave of new releases. In fact there’s no notable classic or older titles coming out for the next week. Such is Christmas. What is coming is some of the August and September’s surprise hits, and biggest misses. Check it out.

December 18:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: The third film in the Wimpy Kid trilogy, this film exists.
  • Pitch Perfect: A modest hit for Universal, it felt like they didn’t exactly know what to do with this picture, but it found an audience. Anna Kendrick leads a cast of talented females in this story of a singing group that bands together in ways that seem similar – at least superficially to Bring it On.
  • Shameless: The Complete Second Season: Though it doesn’t have the critical acclaim of some of the other hot cable shows, people seem to really like Shameless, even if it’s just for all the nudity.
  • Sleepwalk with Me: This indie film is probably best known to many because Joss Whedon decided to promote it (which is still pretty inside baseball). Word is good on this little indie film, so it’s worth checking out.
  • Total Recall: This was one of 2012’s biggest misfires, as the remake of the Paul Verhoven/Arnold Schwarzenegger film didn’t find much of an audience in America (it did better internationally, but only so much). Colin Farrell is in for Arnie here, and it followed many of the beats of the original, except without the music.
  • Trouble with the Curve: Though Clint Eastwood threatened to retire from acting, it seems he got sucked in for one last movie. It was not all that well received, though part of that was not helped by his performance at the Republican National Convention.

December 21:

  • Arbitrage: This is a little indie that could, and may get some awards heat as we head to the end of the year. Richard Gere stars as a master of the universe type who runs into legal troubles and family issues.
  • Killer Joe: This controversial and fascinating film will make it hard for many to look at fried chicken the same way again. Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple star in this film – which our own Travis Woods declared interesting but he couldn’t tell if it was good or bad. That’s worth something.
  • Premium Rush: Coming out at the tail end of summer, Premium Rush got killed, perhaps because this sort of B movie isn’t really made any more so they didn’t know how to market it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bike messenger who becomes the Road Runner to Michael Shannon’s Wile E. Coyote.
  • Resident Evil: Retribution: I believe this is the fifth of these movies, and considering the bank this made internationally, in no way the last. Milla Jovovich fights zombies, and that’s really all you need to know.

What are you picking up this week?