Downsizing (Release Date: December 22)
Whenever Alexander Payne releases a new film, he tends to earn a fair share of praise. Nebraska, The Descendants and Sideways all contended for Oscars, and more offbeat fare like Citizen Ruth and Election similarly became critical darlings back in the 1990s. But Downsizing is a different animal. Payne has rarely delved into the fantastical, preferring to work within more grounded territory.
The director's latest takes place in a world wherein people can choose to be irreversibly shrunk in order to start a new life and centers on one couple (Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig) in particular who undergo the procedure. Its premise has a ton of thematic subtext involving changing one's perspective on life, and we're hoping that Payne can translate this material into a satisfying dramedy that emotionally resonates with audiences.
Check out the latest trailer for Downsizing.
Pitch Perfect 3 (Release Date: December 22)
At this point, we're betting you're either invested in the Pitch Perfect franchise or not. The original 2012 film proved to be a sleeper hit, and its 2015 sequel was an even bigger financial success. So, with its two predecessors earning a combined worldwide total of more than $400 million, Pitch Perfect 3 was inevitable.
Billed as the final installment in the franchise, the film reunites Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the rest of the former Bardem Bellas for one last musical adventure. After facing the difficulty of the outside world, the ladies set off on an overseas USO tour. Trish Sie (Step Up: All In) takes the director's chair this time around. We're betting that the series' broad appeal will translate to another winner.
Check out the latest trailer for Pitch Perfect 3.
Phantom Thread (Release Date: December 25)
Few filmmakers and actors are as critically lauded as Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, respectively. Considering that their last collaboration was 2007 Oscar winner There Will Be Blood -- widely considered among the best films of the 2000s -- hopes are high that Phantom Thread will come anywhere close to the cultural impact of that film.
Moreover, Phantom Thread -- which stars Day-Lewis as a 1950s dressmaker with a complicated love life -- reportedly marks the actor's final film before his announced retirement. With three Oscars to his name, this second film with Anderson could be his last chance to become the male star with the most all-time Oscars, tying him with Katharine Hepburn's record. We'll find out soon enough if Phantom Thread will be a highlight for both its writer/director and its star.
Check out the latest trailer for Phantom Thread.
From sci-fi adventure to period drama, December is easily one of the most jam-packed months of the year. This stands to reason, since studios consider the holiday season a prime time to unleash their most family-friendly releases. Naturally, all eyes will be on Star Wars: The Last Jedi this month (Can it outperform The Force Awakens? How does it key up Rian Johnson's newly announced trilogy?), but this final batch of 2017 releases also raises a number of other questions. Will offbeat awards contenders like The Disaster Artist and The Shape of Water make it to the Oscar shortlist? Can Daniel Day-Lewis claim a fourth statuette for his presumed final film? How many childhoods will Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle "ruin"? Expect all these answers and more as December goes on.
Once again, here are the 10 films to check out in December:
December 1: The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water
December 8: I, Tonya
December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
December 20: The Greatest Showman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
December 22: All the Money in the World, Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3
December 25: Phantom Thread
Let us know in the comments section which ones you're most excited to see!
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