We have some good news: December is a great month for movie-goers. With the festive season finally here, Hollywood has hit us with some fantastic blockbusters. Whether you're into gripping biopic, action or comedy, there's something for everyone.
Here are the best movies to catch at the theatre this month—grab an extra large popcorn, a chocolate coated ice cream, sit back and relax.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy’s latest flick is her most ambitious yet. The actress takes on the role of famed fraudster Lee Israel in biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? Directed by Marielle Heller and inspired the memoir of the same name, the film follows Lee Israel’s move from published author to a fully-fledged con-artist. Unable to get her work published and fed up with her current financial state, she begins to embellish literary letters by prominent writers to turn her life around.
The Children Act
Emma Thomson has done it again with The Children Act. Based on the novel of the same name, the film follows Judge Fiona Maye’s (Thompson) struggle to balance her work and personal life. Faced with a challenging case in the courtroom, the fate of a teenager rests in her hands as parents of a terminally ill teenager refuse to grant permission for life-saving blood transfusion. Considering separating from husband Jack (Stanley Tucci, The Devil Wears Prada), the film sees Fiona go to extraordinary lengths to reach a verdict on both fronts.
Peter Jackson returns as producer and writer of Mortal Engines, Hollywood’s latest sci-fi adventure. After being thrown out of post-apocalypse London, Tom Natsworthy ventures to the outside world. Along with assassin Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar),the pair become enthralled in a mysterious vendetta. Directed by New Zealander Christian Rivers, it is an all-encompassing and immersive adventure.
Who doesn’t love a good origin story? The latest from the Transformers franchise follows Bumblebee’s adventures in 1987. Teaming up with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), the Autobot goes on the run from mysterious government agency Sector 7. Headed by Agent Burns (John Cena), the film sees the pair run into familiar faces and face off against the villainous Decepticons.
Holmes & Watson
Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly team up for Sherlock Holmes mystery comedy film, Holmes & Watson. The fresh take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters see’s Holmes and Watson work to solve a Buckingham Palace murder. With Queen Victoria’s life at stake, the duo face challenges like they’ve never seen before.
Proving once again it is possible to age in reverse, Hollywood royalty Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen in Second Act. The latest from director Peter Segal a.k.a the man behind 50 First Dates, the comedy sees 40-year-old Maya ( J. Lo.) go from drab to fab after she lands her literal dream job on Madison Avenue. The only problem? She got the gig with some ‘alternative facts’ and fake social accounts. Co-starring Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), and Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, Heroes) will Maya’s street smarts be enough to pull off a major business deal?
The latest addition to the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman is a promising addition to the franchise. Arguably the most mysterious member of the Justice League, the film will once again see Jason Mamoa dive into the role and explore the superhero’s origins as he takes back the throne of the Atlantis. Directed by Fast & Furious 7’s James Wan, expect to see Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Temuera Morrison in this star-studded adventure.
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Proving every single thing you’ve heard about sequels wrong, Ralph Breaks The Internet lives up to its hype. Picking up where Wreck-It Ralph left off, when Vanellope Von Schweets’ (Sarah Silverman) game is in need of a new part, she and Ralph (John C. Reilly) venture into the internet to find a replacement. Keep your eyes peeled on the journey you’ll see familiar faces including the Disney Princesses, Groot, and even Sonic The Hedgehog. An instant Disney Classic, also keep a look out for Taraji P. Henson’s character Yess, who is sure to be a crowd favourite.
Starring Christian Bale as you’ve never seen him before; star-studded biopic Vice is a must-see this month. The latest from Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay, the film follows Dick Cheney’s (Bale) rise to power in Washington D.C. as Vice President to George W. Bush. With Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell in starring roles, we have high hopes for this flick.
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