2017 Holiday Movie Preview

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The full picture of the holiday movie season only starts to look complete around now, once the majority of the major film festivals have concluded and Oscar frontrunners have emerged. But November and December have also become something of a second summer. This year, we’ve got two superhero movies, the latest from Pixar, and, of course, Star Wars. From both ends of the spectrum, here are ten (well, okay, eleven) films we’re dying to see throughout the rest of the year.


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3501632/?ref_=nv_sr_1Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974015/?ref_=nv_sr_1Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League

2017 has already been kinder to superhero fans than most years, with Wonder Woman and Logan blowing audiences out of the water. November will deliver two more chances at greatness. The first, Thor: Ragnarok, is directed directed by Taika Waititi of What We Do in the Shadows fame, with Cate Blanchett as the villain. The second, Justice League, completed by Joss Whedon in the wake of director Zach Snyder’s family tragedy, will set the tone for the rest of the DCEU. (Thor: Ragnarok: Nov. 3; Justice League: Nov. 17)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/Lady Bird

We actually caught this film at New York Film Festival this past month, and we’re putting it here because it’s undeniably one of the best of the year so far (our review). Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, about a girl (Saoirse Ronan) coming of age in the Sacramento area, is a powerful, funny, authentic peak at that specific time in your life when you’re both nostalgic for your hometown and can’t wait to get out. (Nov. 3)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand stars in this dark comedy alongside Woodey Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage. Directed by Martin McDonagh, of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths acclaim, the film follows a mother trying to get the attention of the local police, who have stopped investigating the murder of her daughter. But despite that synopsis, the trailer is full of laughs. (Nov. 10)


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One of Pixar’s most prolific names, Lee Unkrich, the man behind Toy Story 2Monsters Inc.Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3, is half of the directing team behind Coco, the story of a young musician in Mexico who magically winds up in the Land of the Dead, populated by a number of his ancestors. Dark yet novel, this could be the film to get the studio back on track. (Nov. 22)


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In the same vein as Tim Burton’s low key classic Ed Wood, James Franco steps up both behind and in front of the camera for a biopic on Tommy Wiseau, the infamous “director” behind one of cinema’s all-time great stinkers: The Room. Joining Franco are his brother Dave, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, and, honestly, countless others. Just look at the cast list. (Dec. 1)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/The Shape of Water

There might not be a more exciting film coming out this holiday season than The Shape of Water. Guillermo del Toro opened his sci-fi romance at Venice Film Festival this past summer to unanimous praise, with comparisons made to his previous masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth. Sally Hawkins stars as a mute janitor in a government facility holding a mysterious aquatic creature (del Toro regular Doug Jones) captive. Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer also star. (Dec. 1)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/?ref_=nv_sr_2Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The ominous title kind of makes your hair stand, doesn’t it? The king of all franchises returns again, this time guided by Rian Johnson, for what looks to be a darker road for Rey, Finn, BB-8, and the other new heroes introduced in 2015’s The Force Awakens. The full-on return of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is catching most of the press thus far, but in terms of the Star Wars legacy, this will be the film where fans have to say farewell to the late Carrie Fisher’s princess-turned-general Leia. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. (Dec. 15)


The Post

The legend himself Steven Spielberg returns to the director’s chair for a film covering the release of the Pentagon Papers and the soft war the government waged on the media (but, hah, nothing like that has happened since!). The cast is stacked: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods star. (Dec. 22)

Note: No trailer or poster available yet.


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/?ref_=nv_sr_2Molly’s Game

Aaron Sorkin has been writing films for the last few decades, but Molly’s Game finally sees him step in the director’s role. The film, based on a true story, follows Olympic skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) as she runs one of the world’s most high-stakes programs. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd, and Michael Cera also star. (Dec. 25)


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Daniel Day Lewis is supposedly retiring from acting after this film, directed by previous collaborator, not to mention highly respected auteur Paul Thomas Anderson. Phantom Thread is a drama set in London’s fashion world in the 1950s, and that’s pretty much all we know about it. That doesn’t matter though, all we needed to hear was another collaboration from these two legends and our tickets were already bought. (Dec. 25)



What films are you most excited for during the holidays? Sound off in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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