Movies To Watch In December


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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Part two of the latest Star Wars trilogy will continue from where Episode VII – The Force Awakens left off. This film is a surefire blockbuster and is bound to break records considering its predecessor is the highest grossing film of all time in the United States. Many fans are wondering how the film will deal with the death of Carrie Fisher, who passed away late last year. There are many more questions fans have, such as which character Rey, the female protagonist,  is related to. Just recently, it was announced that Rian Johnson, the director of this film, will direct a whole new Star Wars trilogy unrelated to the Skywalker saga so expectations are high on this one. Release date: December 15th

The Shape of Water

This movie centers around Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaning lady for a high security government laboratory. Elisa and her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret experiment (a sea creature in the shape of a man) and try to save the experiment once Elisa develops feelings for the creature. Michael Shannon plays the antagonist in the film, as Elisa’s supervisor who does not think the creature should be treated humanely because he’s not human.  The film has been critically praised for Sally Hawkin’s performance, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s magnificent directing with many critics calling it his best film since Pan’s Labyrinth. Release date: December 8th.

I, Tonya

I, Tonya centers around Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), who is most known for her association with the attack of fellow Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, the figure skating scandal that rocked the nation in 1994. The story is told from the perspective of Harding and chronicles her life from her childhood all the way to the events leading up to the attack on Kerrigan. The film has been described as a dark comedy and the “Goodfellas of figure skating.” If you’ve seen Goodfellas, then you know that it’s huge compliment for any film to be compared it.  Many critics have praised Margot Robbie’s role as Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her fierce, foul-mouthed mother. Release date: December 8th.

The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film centers around the publishing of Pentagon Papers. It is packed with a star studded cast that includes – time Oscar winner Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, and 2-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Post editor Ben Bradlee, as they compete with the New York Times to see which publication can reveal the U.S. government secrets first. Both Graham and Bradlee weigh the options of risking their careers and potentially going to jail if they reveal the classified information. This will be Spielberg’s fifth time working with Hanks and first time working with Meryl Streep, so anticipation is high for this film.. Spielberg’s track record speaks for itself. Release date: December 22nd.

The Disaster Artist

This film takes you behind the scenes and process of making The Room, the movie that has gained a cult like following for it’s reputation as one of the worst films ever made and being so bad that it’s good. Unlike the film it’s based on, The Disaster Artist has received critical acclaim. Critics have particularly praised James Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau, the producer, director, writer, and star of The Room.  Perhaps inspired by the character he plays in the film, James Franco also happens to be the director of The Disaster Artist. His brother Dave Franco co-stars in the film as Greg Sestero, one of the actors that participated in The Room and the author of the tell all book the film is based on. Release date: December 1st.