Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Release Date: December 15)
What is there to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi that we haven’t already covered? This sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, of course, serves as the middle chapter of this current trilogy and promises some significant development for both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Writer/director Rian Johnson (Looper) apparently impressed Lucasfilm executives so much that he earned the chance to spearhead a trilogy of his own set in the universe.
All of this bodes well for The Last Jedi, but the film still has a lot to accomplish. In addition to a satisfying return for Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, Johnson’s release is tasked with providing closure for Leia, as it represents the final screen appearance for the late Carrie Fisher. With so many unanswered questions (Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s backstory, etc.), The Last Jedi needs to deliver the answers fan crave and sidestep the original trilogy comparisons that plagued The Force Awakens. At least we’re finally close to discovering if Porgs are worth all the pre-release hubbub.
Check out the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Greatest Showman (Release Date: December 20)
The last time Hugh Jackman indulged in a full-scale musical, the result was a powerful Oscar-nominated performance in 2012 release Les Misérables. The Greatest Showman promises to be a bit more uplifting than that dour adaptation, telling the story of how P.T. Barnum created show business and specifically the circus that bore his name.
Michael Gracey makes his directorial debut with the film, which boasts music written by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). The Greatest Showman isn’t expected to make quite the splash of that film, but with a Tony-winning star in Jackman and an ensemble cast that includes Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson, we wouldn’t count it out just yet.
Check out the latest trailer for The Greatest Showman.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Release Date: December 20)
When news of a Jumanji sequel/reboot first broke, many fans of the 1995 Robin Williams vehicles cried foul, declaring that the film would besmirch the legacy of one of their childhood favorites. Whether that ire was worthwhile remains to be seen, but in any case, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is descending on theaters just in time for the holidays.
The film — directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) — updates the original’s premise, depicting the eponymous game as a video game rather than a board game this time around. Four teens wind up trapped in its jungle setting as the avatars they selected when gameplay, opening the doors for all manner of body-switch comedy. Central Intelligence stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart reunite for this one alongside Jack Black and Karen Gillan as the four leads. Here’s hoping this new Jumanji delivers on its promise to honor Williams’ memory within the story.
Check out the latest trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
All the Money in the World (Release Date: December 22)
Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World was all set for a December release earlier this year, but when the Kevin Spacey scandal hit, the filmmaker and his team opted to remove the actor from the film entirely. That meant that Christoper Plummer was brought in to play the key role of J. Paul Getty, and reshoots began less than two months before the film’s release date. Remarkably, Scott pulled it off, and the film is hitting theaters just before Christmas.
When her son is kidnapped, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) sets out on a quest to convince his grandfather and oil tycoon Getty to pay the desired ransom, ultimately teaming up with a former CIA operative (Mark Wahlberg) to secure her son’s safe return. We were already intrigued to see Scott’s take on this real-life story, but the recent behind-the-scenes developments only make us more interested in the final product.
Check out the latest trailer for All the Money in the World.
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