WHAT TO WATCH!
We've made it to the last month of the year and we're going out with a bang! :) This is my biggest watchlist yet!
November had some pretty good films! I saw quite a bit of them too (check out some of my thoughts on some of those movies here)!
Now, I know that it's December and we'll be devouring all of the wonderful Christmas movies, but award season consideration is still going on -- and we have some more great content to look forward to this month! :)
I have six, that's right SIX films (plus a bonus one!) that I think you guys might want to catch at the theater for this month! That's not including my "maybe list" or my "if it's your jam" list either. The list also includes a few I've already seen, thanks to my guild's screenings going on right now for us!
So jumping right into it, here's what I'm seeing (or have already seen) in the theater this month:
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Molly's Game (Saw it already!)
- The Post (Saw it already!)
- I, Tonya
- The Shape of Water
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Action / Adventure / Fantasy)
"Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past."*
Star Wars is back and is our last big blockbuster of the year! Coming off of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (directed by J.J. Abrams) from 2015, the eighth episode in the Star Wars universe hits theaters in a couple of weeks!
Episode eight comes to us from director/writer Rian Johnson (you might know his work on Looper) and we see a continuation from the seventh film, with breakout stars Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn! We also see other familiar faces, including Carrie Fisher as Leia, which would be her last film role unfortunately.
I know a lot of people have already purchased their tickets, and I'm sure you don't need a reminder from me to tell you to "make sure you catch this one in the theater"...but just incase you do, y'all make sure you see Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it drops on December 15th! :)
MOLLY'S GAME (Biography / Drama)
"The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target."*
I saw an early screening of Molly's Game at the beginning of November. You can see some of my thoughts here!
If you're a fan of writer Aaron Sorkin (who makes his directorial debut with this film) and you like Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, you'll love this one! The film, which is based on the book of the same name by Molly Bloom herself, definitely takes you on a pulsating, non-stop, fun little ride, filled with great lines (and monologues), impressive acting, funny moments, and a solid cast! I really enjoyed this one!
Molly's Game premieres on Christmas Day!
THE POST (Biography / Drama)
The Post, inspired by true events, dives into a "cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents and pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher, Katherine Graham, and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government."*
Aside from the interesting and important content within the film, The Post has a fun creation story. There was a really quick turn around, from the moment the script was sold, by first time writer, Liz Hannah to producer Amy Pascal. It then quickly got into director Steven Spielberg's hands. The film came together, from when the script was sold to post-production, in less than a year! :)
I also saw this film early, about a week ago. I really enjoyed it! The subject matter is timely and the performances from the entire cast are great! There was also a Q&A with Meryl (freakin') Streep and Tom Hanks after the screening I went to and that was amazing! It was my first time hearing Meryl speak in person and that was magical and Tom Hanks has the best stories about working with Spielberg (this being their fifth collaboration and all)! :) Anyway, I'll dive more into this film later in the month.
Check out The Post, starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford, and Sarah Paulson, when it's in theaters on December 22nd!
I, TONYA (Biography / Drama / Sport)
"Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes."*
This one is really special to me, because a good friend of mine, Paul Walter Hauser, stars in this film about Tonya Harding, alongside Margot Robbie, (Marvel favorite) Sebastain Stan, and Emmy winner Allison Janney!
I heard about Margot Robbie being attached to produce and star in a film about Tonya Harding a while back, so I knew a little about it already. But once my buddy Paul got cast in it as Shawn Eckhardt, I became even more intrigued (and giddy!). I saw the trailer when it dropped and the film looks to be a funny, crazy-filled ride! My boy Paul is going to kill! :) I'm definitely going to be in the theater beaming! It's already been getting rave reviews for him and the whole cast!
I hope you'll join me in seeing I, Tonya, on the big screen when it arrives in theaters on December 8th!!
THE SHAPE OF WATER (Sci-Fi / Drama / Fantasy)
"An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely (and mute) Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment....a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank."*
I remember seeing this trailer for the first time and thinking how intriguing and mysterious it looked -- and I could tell it was definitely going to have Guillermo del Toro's stamp all over it. I'd heard great things about this film, but at first glance, I wasn't too sure if it was something I wanted to see personally. But after getting some others' take on it, and because of the filmmaker and cast, I'm excited to give it a shot!
This film was co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, with an all star cast including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Sally Hawkins as Elisa. Check out The Shape of Water when it hits theaters with a limited release on December 1st and everywhere else on December 8th!
BRIGHT (Sci-Fi / Crime / Drama)
"Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for."*
Will Smith is back, with this sci-fi fantasy drama, working with Netflix!
Netflix you guys. This will be the biggest film released by Netflix ever -- estimated to cost around $100 million -- and of course, one of the biggest movie stars is headlining it. Will Smith teamed back up with director David Ayer (they recently worked together on Suicide Squad) for this new film.
I added this one to my "see in theaters" post because it will have a limited theatrical release as well. The streaming service will release it before, however. Just like Netflix's Mudbound from last month, you have two options this time (depending on what market you're in)! You can wait to see it during its limited theatrical release (this film is probably a good one to see in theaters, if possible) -- or you can stream it right away when it premieres on Netflix!
Will Smith stars, alongside Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, and Edgar Ramirez, in Bright, streaming on December 22nd!
The Disaster Artist (Comedy / Biography / Drama)
- In limited theaters on December 1st; everywhere December 8th!
- I'm putting this one as a bonus for all of my cinephiles out there and to the fans of the cult classic, original film and its creators that this one is based on, The Room, from Tommy Wiseau. This film has been getting great reviews for actor/director James Franco, the film itself, and for the whole cast.
- I recommend it for those of you who love independent, awards season movies!
- In limited theaters on December 1st; everywhere December 8th!
Some Maaaaybe Movies I Might See:
- Darkest Hour (Drama / History) -- starring Gary Oldman (who is unrecognizable) as Winston Churchill (during the early days of World War II) -- in theaters on Decemer 22nd!
- Phantom Thread (Drama) -- starring Daniel Day Lewis (in, according to him, his last film) -- in theaters on December 25th!
- All the Money in the World (Mystery / Crime) -- starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, and (now) Christopher Plummer (director Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer a few weeks ago) about billionaire J. Paul Getty and the kidnapping of his grandson -- in theaters on December 22nd.
- Pitch Perfect 3 (Comedy / Musical) -- the last installment in the trilogy, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, and my friend from college, Shelley Regner -- in theaters on December 22nd.
If It's Your Jam!
A list of films, and their release dates, that might fancy your interest:
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - December 20th!
- Father Figures - December 22nd!
- Ferdinand - December 15th (starring my girl Gina Rodriguez and Kate McKinnon)!
- The Greatest Showman - December 20th.
- Downsizing - December 22nd (I saw this one at a screening a while back and Hong Chau really shines in this)!
That wraps up the year y'all! I cannot believe we're about to head into 2018 already -- but I'm so excited for awards season, screeners, and all the award shows and parties! Oh, and of course I'm excited for Christmas!! Since this is the last month of the year, and holiday season, take a family member out to the movies this month! :)
Happy Holidays y'all! Let me know if you plan on seeing any of these! Drop me a line below in the comments or on Instagram! :)
[*All movie quote descriptions are from IMDb; all movie poster photos belong to their respective owners.]