The best movies to watch in December 2021
With rising vaccination rates, films have finally found a stable base, and analysts now expect global revenues to exceed $ 20 billion this year, up 80% from a year ago 2020 dreary and locked.
Comcast F9: The quick saga brought people back to the movies and won $ 550 million worldwide, recently beaten by new James Bond installment No Time to die ($ 560 million). In North America, box office numbers have been slower to recover, but that is changing. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, one of the first blockbusters to hit theaters only, leads domestic ticket sales with $ 224 million.
Ghostbusters: the afterlife went with an exclusive theatrical release on November 19 and actually exceeded expectations for its opening weekend ($ 46 million), a welcome sign for an industry that is still wary. Public tastes remain fickle: Will Smith has garnered some of the best reviews of his career for king richard, which opened in front Ghost hunters, but did disappointing deals ($ 5.7 million, possibly affected by a simultaneous release on HBO Max).
Clearly, however, exhibitors and studios are increasingly convinced that audiences will support a decent theatrical release, and this is reflected in the next loaded list of holiday movies.
This includes two Bradley Cooper films. He has a supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new period piece SoCal Licorice Pizza (December 11) and a leading role in Nightmare Alley (December 17) opposite Cate Blanchett. Denzel Washington directs Michael B. Jordan in A newspaper for Jordan, due on Christmas Day, based on the true story of a slain soldier who leaves a written legacy for his son.
Also on the program, the reboot of the musical by Steven Spielberg West Side Story, a new Spider Man, and a new one Matrix.
Here’s a look at the list of upcoming vacations, with the caveat that COVID-19 is still here, and all dates, which have already changed a lot, are subject to further changes.
Scandal and murder rocked the famous haute couture house in 1995. Starring expensive clothes, Lady Gaga as the so-called “Black Widow” of the family and Adam Driver as heir to the family. Empire Maurizio Gucci. With Salma Hayek, Jared Leto. Directed by Ridley Scott. In theaters now.
New Disney animated feature set in Colombia, where a community of magical beings struggles to adapt after suddenly losing their powers. Lots of songs, with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. With the voices of Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz. In theaters now, streaming on Disney + on December 24.
Stephen Karam adapts his Tony award-winning play for the screen, starring Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yuen as members of a family reunion in Manhattan for Thanksgiving dinner, where the buried secrets reveal makes the busy evening. In theaters now.
A sequel to Joanna Hogg’s intriguing and surprising semi-autobiographical account of her affair with a complicated older man while in film school. Once again with Honor Swinton Byrne, whose character revisits the relationship here by making a film that mixes fantasy and reality. In theaters now.
A Navy veteran (Riz Ahmed) grabs his two children and tries to outrun an alien parasite that is trying to destroy life on Earth. With Octavia Spencer. In theaters December 3. Streaming on Amazon Prime on December 10.
Jane Campion adapts the Thomas Savage Old West saga for the big screen, the story of brothers (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons) in conflict over a woman (Kirsten Dunst). Streaming on Netflix on December 1.
Steven Spielberg updates the legendary 1961 musical, adding a role to original star Rita Moreno as a store owner who employs Tony (Ansel Elgort), a young man engaged in a forbidden love affair with Maria (Rachel Zegler). In theaters December 10.
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in this drama from writer-director Aaron Sorkin that delves into the marriage and career of the famous Hollywood couple. Opening at the Landmark Ritz on December 10th.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s comic book, fictional memory of his childhood in the San Fernando Valley, built around a teenage boy (Cooper Hoffman) with a crush on an older girl (Alana Haim) and showbiz types (Bradley Cooper as a debauched producer) who populate the area. Opening at the Landmark Ritz on December 11.
When Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) identity is revealed, he must enlist the help of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to sort things out. With Zendaya. In theaters December 17.
Bradley Cooper in a remake (directed by Guillermo del Toro) of Tyrone Power’s 1947 film about a manipulative carnival scammer who hooks up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who just might outmatch him in the underhand department. In theaters December 17.
Two decades after the events of the last installment, Neo (Keanu Reeves) lives an erased life in San Francisco, until Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) gives him a blue pill and it all starts to come back. With Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Lana Wachowski. In theaters and HBOMax on December 22.
In this new comedy from Adam McKay, two scientists (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence) discover that an asteroid is about to hit Earth but struggle to gain public attention. Netflix’s Christmas Eve.
A sergeant (Michael B. Jordan) keeps a diary while deployed to Iraq, writings that become a treasure for his son at home. With Chante Adams. At the cinema on Christmas day.