It had been a few months since some genuine blockbusters piqued the interest of moviegoers. But that’s what we got in November with Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. If you haven’t seen those titles yet, I suggest you do. Now we’re on to December movies. And for the second year in a row December brings us a new Star Wars guaranteeing it will be a happy holidays. Here’s our December movie preview.
‘Tis the Season
December 2nd– Incarnate
So we have another horror movie about demonic possession. Incarnate has a unique twist though. Aaron Eckhart plays a scientist who enters the minds of the possessed to save the victims and fight the demons. So it’s like The Exorcist: Inception. David Mazouz from Gotham plays the victim and man does the movie look creepy.
December 9th– Office Christmas Party
The event in Office Christmas Party sure doesn’t look like any office Christmas party I’ve ever been a part of. When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to shut down their branch, TJ Miller and Jason Bateman’s middle management characters must land a big money client (Courtney B. Vance) on short notice. So they throw the over the top soiree to show him the time of his life.
December 16th– Collateral Beauty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Will Smith leads an impressive cast in Collateral Beauty. After the death of his young daughter, Smith’s character begins writing letters to concepts asking for answers. Love, Time, and Death all unexpectedly answer. Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley are just a few of the supporting stars featured.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first stand alone film from a galaxy far, far away. This is the story of the team who is tasked with stealing the plans for the first Death Star to help the Rebellion. While almost all of the characters will be new to fans, the series’ ultimate villain, Darth Vader will be present with James Earl Jones once again providing the iconic voice. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso.
December 21st-23rd– Assassin’s Creed, Passengers, Sing, Why Him?
It seems like those first trailers for Assassin’s Creed came out a long time ago. But now we’re finally getting the movie. Based on the popular video game series, Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. What does that mean? It means he goes on to jump off buildings, do parkour and fight bad guys.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are quite the pair of stars to have in a movie. They play two passengers in a spaceship heading toward a far away colony planet in Passengers. But something goes wrong and both of them wake up 90 years early. So… that’s a problem. It looks like there might be more to this malfunction than it seems.
Some animated movies in recent years have been landing great talent to provide the voices for their characters. Sing is no different. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, and way more play animals in this one. McConaughey’s koala, Buster, attempts to save his failing theater by having an ultimate singing competition.
Why Him? is a cautionary tale of a movie. It’s every father’s worst nightmare… that your daughter begins dating James Franco. Bryan Cranston plays a father whose adult daughter (Zoey Deutch) strikes up a relationship with Franco’s character, a rich and smarmy kind of guy. As a result, the dad tries to find a way to get the boyfriend out of their lives.
December 28th– Fences
Denzel Washington directs and stars in Fences. Taking place in the 1950s, Washington plays a husband and father struggling with his choices and his life. The film promises to be tense with heavyweight performances by Washington and Viola Davis, who plays his wife.
So there you have it. Not a bad showing. The art films that will be vying for awards in the New Year look intriguing. But my pick for the month is definitely Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The only part of it that doesn’t look amazing is its title. I would have gone with Star Wars at the Beach!: Darth Vader is Back.