Holiday Movie Preview: 25 Great Movies, From Spidey to Gaga to The Beatles | national news
The holidays are knocking on your door, they’ve brought guests, and those guests want to be entertained.
Fortunately, with the holidays comes the holiday movie season, full of awards season shows and large-scale blockbusters.
Movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence direct ‘Don’t Look Up’, Adam McKay’s ending-of-the-world ensemble comedy, which was once thought to be a distant thing and now feels like it’s maybe just one or two Thanksgiving. In it, Leo and J. Law play a pair of astronomers who spot a comet that could be heading towards Earth. Plan accordingly.
Other flagship movies in the vacation pipeline include a new “Spider-Man” movie, a return to “The Matrix” and an update on “West Side Story”. Ready for more? Here are 25 great movies that will hit theaters and home before the ball falls on New Years Eve. (As always, dates are subject to change.)
1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – Tom Holland’s third “Spider-Man” adventure (after “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017 and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in 2019) opens a multiverse possibilities, with villains (and other heroes?) from previous Spidey films invited to the party. Hang on to your hat. (In theaters December 17)
2. “Don’t Look Up” – Writer-director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”, “Vice”) faces the end of the world in a comedy that hopefully doesn’t strike too close to home. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans and many more. (In theaters December 10, on Netflix December 24)
3. “House of Gucci” – Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons star in Ridley Scott’s soapy epic about the power of fashion, family at its center and the murder that brought it about. rocked to its foundation. Haute couture, great drama. (In theaters Wednesday)
4. “The Beatles: Get Back” – Whatever? Not Peter Jackson, who has never encountered material he couldn’t turn into a trilogy. The director of “Lord of the Rings” originally crafted this paper on making the Beatles’ final album as a standalone film, but it has since been made into a three-part film, which will run over six. time. (Thursday Disney +)
5. “Encanto” – In Disney’s latest animated tale, a family in the mountains in Colombia has special powers, except for a child, Mirabel (voiced by Stéphanie Beatriz). But when the family’s powers are threatened, only Mirabel can save the day. With John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama and more. (In theaters Wednesday)
6. “The Matrix Resurrections” – Red pill or blue pill? We’ll take the one that lets us forget “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”, the disappointing 2003 sequel to the original 1999 “Matrix”. Hopefully this return to the machine goes better. (In theaters and on HBO Max December 22)
7. “West Side Story” – Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star in Steven Spielberg’s update on the 1957 Broadway musical, which was adapted for the screen in 1961 and won 10 Oscars, including that of best film. The film was originally slated for release last Christmas, but has been delayed due to the pandemic. (In theaters December 10)
8. “The Unforgivable” – Sandra Bullock returns to Netflix, after the smashing 2018 hit “Bird Box,” for this update on the 2009 UK miniseries, about a woman trying to get her life back on track after having served a prison sentence for the murder of two police officers. Vincent D’Onofrio, Viola Davis and Jon Bernthal co-star. (On Netflix December 10)
9. “A Journal for Jordan” – Based on “A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor” by Dana Canedy, Denzel Washington directs this drama – his first since “Fenches” in 2016 – which follows a soldier stationed in Iraq (Michael B. Jordan) who keeps a diary to give to her baby. Also with Chante Adams. (In theaters December 25)
10. “Licorice Pizza” – The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights”, “There Will Be Blood”) is a 1970s love story about a young con artist (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his long-term pursuit of his crush, Alana (Alana Haim). (In theaters Friday)
11. “Being the Ricardos” – Lucy, I’m home! Writer-director Aaron Sorkin goes behind the scenes of “I Love Lucy” during a particularly hectic week of production where Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) is accused of being a Communist, among other distractions. With Javier Bardem, JK Simmons and more. (On Amazon Prime December 21)
12. “American Underdog” – Zachary Levi drops his “Shazam!” costume to tell a different kind of superhero story, the real-life story of Kurt Warner, who went from storage shelves in a grocery store story to becoming a Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback. With Anna Paquin and Dennis Quaid. (In theaters December 25)
13. “Bruised” – Halle Berry makes her directorial debut in this story about MMA veteran Jackie Justice (Berry), who returns to the sport to face the defending champion while facing the unexpected return of her young son, whom she renounced adoption after birth. (On Netflix Wednesday)
14. “C’mon C’mon” – Joaquin Phoenix stars as a radio reporter who is forced to deal with his sister’s son in writer-director Mike Mills’ tender drama (“20th Century Women” ), which was partially filmed in Detroit. Gabby Hoffman, Scoot McNairy and Woody Norman are also on the bill. (In theaters December 3)
15. “Sing 2” – Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is back, looking to put on another great show, in this sequel to the 2016 hit. Voices from Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Halsey and more, and a new song from U2 on the soundtrack. (In theaters December 22)
16. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” – Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand director Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama, about the power struggle for the crown in Scotland. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Harry Melling, Sean Patrick Thomas, Stephen Root and more. (In theaters December 25, on Apple TV + January 14)
17. “The King’s Man” – The third installment in the “The Kingsman” series goes back in time, telling the origin story that led to the events of 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou, Rhys Ifans and more, and originally scheduled for November 2019 (In theaters December 22)
18. “Nightmare Alley” – In his first film since the award for best film “The Shape of Water”, Guillermo del Toro returns with this thriller about a carny (Bradley Cooper) who has a gift for manipulating spirits who meets her match in a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett). Also with Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more. (In theaters December 17)
19. “The Power of the Dog” – Benedict Cumberbatch is a cranky cowboy in Jane Campion’s story of a rancher with an attitude in 1920s Montana. Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play breeding brothers, with Kirsten Dunst as the wife of the character of Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the son who introduces himself and stirs the pot. (On Netflix December 1)
20. “The Tender Bar” – Ben Affleck is a Long Island bartender who distributes drinks and tips to his patrons, including his nephew JR (Tye Sheridan) in George Clooney’s coming-of-age drama . (In theaters December 17, on Amazon Prime Video January 7)
21. “Red Rocket” – Former MTV VJ Simon Rex Leads Most Improbable Big Screen Comeback of the Year in Writer-Director Sean Baker’s Comedy (“The Florida Project”) About Former Pornstar who returns to his hometown of Texas. (In theaters December 3)
22. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” – The ongoing zombie killing streak (this is the seventh film in the franchise) is rebooted, minus Milla Jovovich, with Kaya Scodelario at the helm. (In theaters Wednesday)
23. “Flee” – This acclaimed animated documentary, this year’s Sundance Film Festival winner, follows the story of a man who leaves his home country of Afghanistan and travels to Denmark as a refugee. (In theaters December 3)
24. “The Lost Girl” – Oscar winner Olivia Colman stars in writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal’s psychological drama about a woman who becomes obsessed with a mother and daughter while on vacation. (In theaters December 17th, on Netflix December 31st)
25. “The Humans” – A Thanksgiving drama about a family getting together for the holidays, based on the one-act play by Stephen Karam and starring Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein and more. (In theaters and Showtime Wednesdays)
10 others to watch:
It’s the 1980s, and there’s no better gift to find under the tree than a Nintendo entertainment system in “8-Bit Christmas” (on HBO Max Wednesday); a boy thinks he’s a wolf in “Wolf”, by writer-director Nathalie Biancheri (in theaters December 3); Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”, “Starship Troopers”) takes on a 17th century convent in “Benedetta” (in theaters December 3, on demand December 21); the popular book series returns with the animated “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (on Disney + December 3); the world is ending, but let’s not spoil it Christmas is the theme of the apocalyptic holiday tale “Silent Night” (in theaters December 3); Riz Ahmed plays a man trying to protect his children from the threat of an alien invasion in “Encounter” (on Amazon Prime Video December 10); star football player defends athlete rights in “National Champions” (in theaters December 10); director Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”, “The New Pope”) looks back on his own childhood in Naples in the 1980s in “The Hand of God” (on Netflix December 15); a man facing a terminal illness (Mahershala Ali) has the opportunity to replace himself with a clone in “Swan Song” (on Apple TV + on December 17th); and “Parallel Mothers” (in theaters December 24), the latest from Pedro Almodovar, is about two women (Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit) and their trajectories through motherhood.
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