Coming Soon: Holiday movie releases
House of Gucci – When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder. In the trailer for this film Gaga and Driver look like hip pastors from a mega-church on the west coast but well suited for the roles. Gaga is shown crossing herself uttering the words “father, son and house of Gucci” – I’m intrigued by the based on a true story tale and to see the duo on the screen together.
Rated R – Opens Nov. 24
Starring Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and Lady Gaga
Encanto – A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. For years my family had a tradition of going to the movies the Friday after Thanksgiving. One of my first and fondest memories of this was seeing “The Little Mermaid.” Disney is at it again many years later hoping to bring in families to the cinema with the release of this magical musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame manned the helm for the film writing 8 songs.
Rated PG – Opens Nov. 24
Stars Stephanie Beatriz, Maria Cecilia Botero and John Leguizamo
Being the Ricardos – Follows Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. The film, directed by Aaron Sorkin, shows Lucy in a much different light than her television personae. Sorkin reportedly met with Ball’s daughter to discuss and get the blessing of a more true-to-life portrayal of her mother which she gave. I was shocked when I heard Nicole Kidman was playing Ball but from the early reviews and seeing glimpses of the performance in the trailer, it looks like it just might fit.
Rated R – Opens Dec. 10
Starring Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman
The Last Son – A murderous outlaw learns he is cursed by a prophecy that one of his children will kill him. To prevent this, he hunts down each of his estranged children including his long-lost son. With a sheriff and a bounty hunter pursuing him he has to stop his children and end the curse. This doesn’t exactly sound like your general holiday theatrical fare but apparently, someone thought this was the right time to release it. I feel like my husband and dad will be going on a “man-date” to see this one.
Rated R – Opens Dec. 10
Starring Sam Worthington, Machine Gun Kelly and Thomas Jane
Spider-Man: No Way Home – With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Yet another superhero movie but one that might open some interesting concepts. There has been much speculation that due to the spell casting and multi-verse business there might be appearances from previous Spider-Men played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as well as the bad guys from the different films.
PG-13 – Opens Dec. 17
Starring Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland
MATRIX: Resurrections – The plot is currently unknown but there is speculation that this could be the beginning of another trilogy in the world. It appears from the trailer many of the original characters are back including Neo and Trinity. The original trilogy set the bar for special effects at the time and combined comics, anime, cyberpunk novels and philosophy into a groundbreaking work. Whether we can return to a world of two realities and catch the same spark as the original is yet to be seen.
Rated R – Opens Dec. 22
Starring Keanu Reeves, Christina Ricci and Carrie-Anne Moss
Other notable releases:
Sing 2 – Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. Opens Dec. 22.
The Kings Man – In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson and Gemma Arterton. Opens Dec. 22.
The Tragedy of Macbeth – A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power. Starring Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Alex Hassell. Opens Dec. 25.
American Underdog – The story of NFL MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback, Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American Football star. Starring Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin and Dennis Quaid. Opens Dec. 25.
Licorice Pizza – The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Starring Bradley Cooper, Maya Rudolph and Skyler Gisondo. Opens Dec. 25.
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