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Sunday, December 2, 2018

December 2018 Movie Guide


These are my picks (complete with the reason for my choice) for the movies coming to
theaters in December, but feel free to check out all of December's releases by visiting
the Internet Movie Database's Coming Soon page. (And btw, if you happened to enjoy the links
to the director and cast members, I'm sorry, but for some reason that quit pasting over like it used to. This
is the last one anyway, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.)


week of December 7

Synopsis: Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of
England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Director: Josie Rourke
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn
Why? Meh. I can't say I'm enamored with this one; however, it's
intriguing because of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Synopsis: An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop
star.
Director: Brady Corbet
Stars: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Christopher Abbott, Willem Dafoe
Why? I'm looking forward to this because watching the trailer reminded
me of Natalie's Rap.


week of December 14

Synopsis: Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-
Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
Directors: Bob Persichetti | Peter Ramsey | Rodney Rothman
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber
Why? I grew up watching Spider-Man cartoons, so this is like a dream
come true… one big Spider-Man cartoon with multiple Spider-Men. Plus,
Jake Johnson (from New Girl) as Peter Parker!

Synopsis: Once Upon A Deadpool will fill in the R-rated edits of Deadpool 2 with a
new frame narrative that rips off / pays homage to the fan-favorite film The
Princess Bride, where a much, much older Fred Savage reprises his role as a
bed-ridden child. However, Once Upon A Deadpool will replace Peter Falk’s kindly
grandfather with Deadpool as the storyteller instead.
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison
Why? I mean, if you're going to release the exact same movie but as PG-
13 instead of R, this is the way to do it!

Synopsis: A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting
$3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Taissa Farmiga
Why? You had me at Clint Eastwood.

Synopsis: A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw joins forces with Anna
Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy, an
outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.
Director: Christian Rivers
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Jihae, Robert Sheehan
Why? Cities on wheels? Sure, I'm curious.


week of December 21

Synopsis: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of
Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.
Director: James Wan
Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman
Why? I'm a DC Comics fanboy, so you don't have to twist my arm. And in
the capable hands of James Wan, this should be great!

Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a
small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to
find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
Director: Travis Knight
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett, Pamela Adlon
Why? I was already down for this simply because it's Transformers, but
when they showed the G1 designs, such as Soundwave with cassettes
coming out of his chest, I got really stoked.

Synopsis: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the
Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury
Why? Nostalgia.


week of December 28

Synopsis: A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries
featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
Director: Etan Cohen
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Kelly Macdonald
Why? I'm ready to see Will Ferrell and John C Reilly give us another
comedy hit!

Synopsis: VICE explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became
the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush,
reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons
Why? I don't usually care for political stories, but I was completely caught
off guard to realize that was Christian Bale under all that makeup.

Synopsis: A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover
assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan
Why? The hype says this is a pretty amazing performance from Nicole
Kidman.

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to
reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a
grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
Director: Jon S. Baird
Stars: John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Stephanie Hyam, Steve Coogan

Why? I really loved Laurel & Hardy as a kid. It will be interesting to get a
peek at their story.



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