10 films to watch in December

10 films to watch in December

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Stephen Spielberg takes on the legendary musical West Side Story, Spider-Man takes on the Multiverse, and Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are in a chilling adaptation of Shakespeare.

(Credit: Niko Tavernise / Netflix)

(Credit: Niko Tavernise / Netflix)

Do not seek

People are often slow to respond to a cataclysm, whether it’s a climate emergency or a global pandemic – and it was this trend that prompted Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) to make his move. new satire, Don’t Look Up. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play two astronomers who calculated that a “planet-killing” comet would crash into Earth, killing everyone. But the President of the United States (Meryl Streep) is just one of many who refuse to face the facts. The rest of the star cast include Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande. “It’s not the most conceptual weird idea,” McKay told The New York Times, “the idea of ​​a disaster movie in which people don’t necessarily believe disaster is happening. It comes down to the trope of the Mayor of Jaws … I call it a black comedy. “

In selected theaters from December 10 and on Netflix from December 24

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Matrix resurrections

Almost two decades after The Matrix Revolutions wrapped up the Matrix saga – at least that’s what it seemed – it’s time to take the Red Pill back. The story is that Neo (Keanu Reeves) lived like old Thomas A Anderson, with no recollection of his exploits as a robot-bashing messiah, kung-fu-kick, and no knowledge of his relationship with Trinity (Carrie- Anne Mousse). Then, of course, everything changes. A few caveats: This is the first Matrix movie directed by Lana Wachowski without her sister Lilly, and two of the show’s best actors – Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving – aren’t returning. Still, the action-packed trailer looks suitably eye-catching, and thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, VR and the metaverse is a hot topic again.

International release on December 22

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(Credit: Niko Tavernise / Twentieth Century Fox)

West Side Story

The original 1961 West Side Story film, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, is recognized as one of the best Hollywood musicals to ever make. An update of Romeo and Juliet in New York, it was the biggest box office hit of the year and won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Why, then, should someone watch a new version of the same material? Well, one answer is that this West Side story is directed by Steven Spielberg. Another answer is that Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s music, gave him his seal of approval. “It’s really awesome,” he said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “And for those of you who are familiar with the series, there will be some real surprises, because Tony Kushner who wrote the screenplay did some really imaginative and surprising things with the way the songs are used in the story, and the whole thing has real sparkle and real energy … Spielberg and Kushner really, really pulled it off. “

International release on December 10

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Being the Ricardos

I Love Lucy was a phenomenon, watched by tens of millions of Americans every week in the 1950s. If that wasn’t unusual enough, sitcom stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married – and they owned the studio where the series was shot. But they had their problems. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network), Being The Ricardos shows what happened when a tabloid accused Lucille (Nicole Kidman) of being a Communist and another accused Desi (Javier Bardem ) to have adventures, just as the couple were about to start rehearsing an episode of I Love Lucy. Lucille and Desi’s daughter Lucie Arnaz may be biased, but she said on YouTube that the film was “amazing” adding that Sorkin “captured the essence of this period of their lives so well, he captured the heart of my mother and father. , their relationship… the tension that arose in that particular week when all hell broke loose. “

Released December 10 in the US, and on Prime Video from December 21

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To flee

In this heartbreaking Danish documentary, Jonas Poher Rasmussen questions his friend Amin about his traumatic experiences as an Afghan refugee. Amin remembers his childhood years in Kabul, his family’s flight from the Taliban, his crushing limbo in Moscow, and his unbearably dark relationship with the human traffickers who took him to Denmark. It’s hard to imagine a bigger movie, but Flee not only does the vital job of humanizing refugees, he also breaks new ground as a documentary: Rasmussen made a film in which comic book style animation is used. for Amin’s memories, and charcoal engravings are used for his fears and nightmares. “Rasmussen’s Miraculous Memory Piece (…) gently explores the depths of its subject’s journey with eloquence,” Tomris Laffly writes in Harper’s Bazaar. “A feat of humanist cinema, this is a film we will be celebrating throughout next year’s awards season and talking about long after.”

Released on December 3 in the USA

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Red rocket

Tangerine and The Florida Project director Sean Baker may have found his most unlikely protagonist yet in Red Rocket, another authentic slice of difficult American life. Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) is a pornstar from the past who returns to his industrial hometown in Texas, sponge off his ex-wife, sells drugs, and plans to restart his career by exploiting a 17-year-old girl (Suzanna Fils) . He should be hateful, but Baker has so much empathy and Rex has so much wacky charm that Mikey’s heinous mishaps turn eerily delicious. “It’s a pleasure to put you in the capable hands of Baker,” David Rooney says in The Hollywood Reporter, “as he walks through his cowardly story with his affectionate and slyly humorous character observations and his immersive sense of place. “

Released on December 10 in the USA

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(Credit: Yannis Drakoulidis / Netflix)

The lost girl

Olivia Colman has already won one Oscar (for The Favorite) and has been nominated for another (for The Father). Don’t be surprised if she gets a third nomination for The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut. As Charlotte O’Sullivan says on the Evening Standard: “It seems almost impossible that she could improve on her past performance and yet, every time, she does.” In Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel, Colman plays an academic on vacation on a Greek island. She crosses paths with a gangster family, but is more preoccupied with memories of her own tumultuous past: Jessie Buckley plays herself younger in flashbacks. “The film, like the book, offers sun, sea and sarcasm,” says O’Sullivan, “as well as a dissection of misogyny, snobbery, ageism, crippling female guilt, everyday madness and of the complex relationship between parents and children “.

In limited U.S. theaters on December 17 and on Netflix from December 31

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(Credit: Alison Cohen Rosa / A24)

Macbeth’s tragedy

For the first time in decades, Joel Coen has made a film without his brother Ethan, but he has a new collaborator worthy of the name: Shakespeare. Of course, Coen isn’t the first director to take on Macbeth, but his adaptation of The Scottish Play is strikingly original, rejecting naturalism in favor of expressionist black-and-white cinematography, austere theater and actors of all ages and accents, including Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand (Coen’s wife) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Dave Calhoun in Time Out says: “This lovely, dark, eerie, and often gloriously eerie, monochrome version of Macbeth … of Shakespeare’s lyrics, even though Coen shaved the lines down to make it move at a breakneck pace … C ‘is a frightening and unsettling triumph. “

Released on December 25 in the USA and Denmark

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(Credit: Kerry Hayes / 20th Century Studios)

Alley of nightmares

Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut since his Oscar The Shape of Water is also his first that does not feature ghosts, aliens, vampire superheroes, or other supernatural creatures. Despite its chilling title, Nightmare Alley is a crime thriller based on a 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham. Bradley Cooper stars as The Great Stanton, a conjurer who steals an act of mind reading from a psychic (Toni Collette) at a low-rent carnival. He performs it in fancy nightclubs with his loyal girlfriend (Rooney Mara), but a handsome psychologist (Cate Blanchett) is in order. Nightmare Alley is an homage to 1940s film noir, but, Del Toro told Anthony Breznican at Vanity Fair, “I’m very interested in exploring the genre from a different perspective. Instead of a femme fatale, I have three very strong female figures and a fatal man.

Released on December 3 in India, and December 17 in the United States

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(Credit: Sony Pictures / Marvel Studios)

Spider-Man: No Path Home

Now that Marvel’s superheroes have saved the Universe, their next job is obvious: They must save the Multiverse. In the third of Spider-Man blockbusters starring Tom Holland, the teenage web-spinner accidentally opens a portal to many parallel realities. The postmodern gadget is that he finds himself up against Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, who fought the incarnation of Spider-Man’s Tobey Maguire, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who fought the incarnation of Andrew Garfield. And, who knows, he might even run into Maguire and Garfield themselves. Sound like fun? Uh … well, apparently not. “What people will be really surprised is that this movie is not fun,” Holland told Total Film. “It’s dark and it’s sad, and it’s going to be really moving. You’re going to see characters that you love going through things that you never wish they would go through.”

International release on December 15th

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