Turns out there are movies other than Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to theaters this month.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…Oscar season!
The Shape of Water (Dec. 1)
If Beauty and the Beast and Creature from the Black Lagoon had a wonderfully strange one night stand, the baby would look a little something like this. From the director who brought us Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films, The Shape of Water follows a young deaf woman who falls in love with a government experiment, and what she must endure to protect their relationship. The film has been universally praised as exceptional, and will very likely be one of the most original films out this year.
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The Disaster Artist (Dec. 1)
Tommy Wiseau’s so-bad-it’s-good-but-no-it’s-still-really-bad film The Room has become an iconic staple in modern cinema, whether you like it or not. Starring James Franco in what is promised to be his most insane turn yet, The Disaster Artist tells the story of how the best worst film ever was made, all from the perspective of Wiseau’s real-life friend and on-screen frenemy, Greg Sestero (aka Oh hi, Mark). Just seeing Franco in the trailers as Wiseau is…genuinely haunting. Like, it’s amazing and creepy as hell at the same time just how much he looks/sounds like Wiseau.
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I, Tonya (Dec. 8)
They should rename this one If Margot Robbie Doesn’t Get Nominated For An Oscar, I’m Rioting because SERIOUSLY. The film is based on the life of Tonya Harding, the now infamous figure skater whose reputation was destroyed after she was involved in an attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. And, as if that wasn’t insane enough on its own, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan are also in the film…like, take all of my money.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dec. 15)
This literally needs no explanation. It’s. Star. Wars. It’s guaranteed to be perfect, just go see it.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Dec. 20)
Look, I get it, when people see a reboot of their childhood fave, their first instinct is to angrily compare it to the original. However, with the Jumanji reimagining, they decided to flip the script on us just enough to let it stand on its own. The basic gist is that a group of high schoolers in detention find Jumanji in the form of an old school video game while cleaning a backroom, and are transported into the jungle world after they pick their avatars. Plus, the Rock AND Jack Black are in it, it’s going to be good.
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The Greatest Showman (Dec. 20)
Singin’, dancin’, and Hugh Jackman? WELL, I’M SOLD. This original musical follows the true life tale of P.T. Barnum, and how his ahead-of-its-time imagination worked to create “The Greatest Show On Earth.” The trailer is an absolute spectacle of color, lights, and really attractive actors. Plus, all of the lyrics for the film were written by the same team that did La La Land, so you know it’s bound to ~sparkle~.
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The Post (Dec. 22)
A movie so incredibly cast, it’s almost guaranteed to be Oscar-worthy, The Post documents the true story of The Washington Post’s fight to publish the Pentagon Papers, and the consequences that ensued for everyone involved. It also happens to include a few actors and crew members you may have heard of, ranging from Meryl Streep to Tom Hanks to Steven Spielberg.
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Hostiles (Dec. 22)
Throw Christian Bale into any Western, and I’m pretty much there for it. There’s just something about him that really sells the time period (ACTING!). In 1892, an intense Army Captain, played by Bale, escorts a dying Cheyenne chief and his family through very dangerous territory. A tale about facing personal differences and human understanding, Hostiles will likely be packed full of old west action and gorgeous scenery.
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Phantom Thread (Dec. 25)
From visionary director Paul Thomas Anderson, we have another Oscar contender, starring human Oscar himself, Daniel Day-Lewis. The film follows the life of renowned dressmaker and infamous bachelor Reynolds Woodcock who, alongside his sister, Cyril, are at the center of 1950’s British fashion. Reynolds is more than content with his bachelor ways, until he falls for a strong-willed young woman, who quickly becomes his muse. This one promises to be Day-Lewis’ last performance, so if nothing else it is history in the making.
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Molly’s Game (Dec. 25)
Jessica Chastain continues to prove that she is, easily, one of the most dynamic actresses in recent years. In this drama, she plays real-life Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom, who went on to run the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for over a decade. And, as if that’s not enough, Idris Elba is in it, and I have nothing but respect for MY Sexiest Man Alive (no offense, Blake Shelton).
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