2016 December Movies

Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire after The Great Jedi Purge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: steal the plans for the original Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule. The story takes place immediately before the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

Heading the group of rebels who bravely take on the Emperor and his army is Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. She is joined by rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk).

Actors Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen and Jimmy Smits are also among the cast members who give life to characters who secretly set in motion the events of the beloved Star Wars franchise.

Based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, director Gareth Edwards worked with writers Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy to produce the first standalone film for the Star Wars universe. In order to differentiate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from the trilogies, some deviation from the franchise’s traditions were made.

The most notable deviation would be the lack of an opening crawl, which every previous Star Wars movie had included. Two of the most iconic characters of the first trilogy, Princess Leia and Darth Vader, are featured in the movie. Princess Leia was portrayed by actress Ingvild Deila (with CGI to make her look like a young Carrie Fisher), while actors Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous take turns playing Darth Vader, with actor James Earl Jones providing the voice.

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, History

Based on the popular video game series. When Callum Lynch (Fassbender) explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is the descendant of the secret Assassins society.

La La Land (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

A jazz pianist (Gosling) falls for an aspiring actress (Stone) in Los Angeles.

Passengers (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

A Monster Calls (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama, Fantasy

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. Artwork is from when the film was scheduled for release in Fall 2016.

Live By Night (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Crime, Drama

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.

Silence (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, History

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

Sing (2016)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Fences (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama

An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

Office Christmas Party (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand.

Collateral Beauty (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life.  While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.  But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Jackie (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama

Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Patriots Day (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, History, Thriller

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

The Founder (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, History

A biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc (Keaton).

Gold (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.

Why Him? (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

A dad (Cranston) forms a rivalry with his daughter’s boyfriend (Franco), who wishes to receive his blessing to propose marriage.

Miss Sloane (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, Thriller

A story of a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career at risk.