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2018 December Movies

Aquaman (2018)

December 21, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

This is Aquaman's first solo film within the DC Extended Universe, following the character's appearances in Batman V Superman and Justice League. James Wan was hired as director in 2015, and the supporting cast (including Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, and Patrick Wilson) signed on at various points in 2016 and 2017. Jason Momoa was announced as Arthur Curry back in 2014. Principal photography started in May 2017 and wrapped in October of that year. It's been confirmed the events of Aquaman take place after Justice League.

In the comics, the Aquaman character made his debut in More Fun Comics #73, which was published in November 1941. He rose to further prominence during the Silver Age of the 1950s and 1960s when he became a founding member of the Justice League.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

December 14, 2018
PG
Action, Animation

Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

This is the first theatrically-released animated Spider-Man film. The projected was officially announced in 2015, with The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller named as producers. The cast rounded into shape during 2017, and several other key roles were confirmed in 2018. Into the Spider-Verse is notable for its distinct animation style that's designed to make a comic book come to life.

Into the Spider-Verse was named the best animated film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle.

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Bumblebee (2018)

December 21, 2018
PG-13
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Bumblebee is a prequel movie in the Transformers film franchise, taking place 20 years before Michael Bay's original movie. It entered development in 2016, with Christina Hodson signing on to write the script. In 2017, Travis Knight was hired to direct, making him the first person other than Bay to helm a Transformers movie. Most of the principal cast was revealed in May and July 2017, prior to filming. Production began in July and ran through November 2017.

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

December 19, 2018
PG
Family, Fantasy, Musical

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Disney first announced the film in 2015, imagining it as a sequel set 20 years after the original. The cast came together in 2016, and principal photography started in 2017.

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Mortal Engines (2018)

December 14, 2018
PG-13
Adventure, Fantasy

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Bird Box (2018)

December 21, 2018
R
Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

This film is based on the book of the same name by Josh Malerman. Universal first acquired the movie rights in 2013, before the book was published. In 2017, Netflix acquired the rights and the cast rounded into shape. Principal photography started in October 2017.

Bird Box held its world premiere at the 2018 AFI Fest. The film also played in theaters for a limited time before it started streaming on Netflix.

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

December 7, 2018
PG-13
Adventure

Blending live action and performance capture, the story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India.  As he learns the often-harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own.  All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. The other story’s central animal characters are: Kaa, the snake (Cate Blanchett); the leader of the wolf pack, Akela (Peter Mullan); the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui (Tom Hollander); Nisha, the female wolf (Naomie Harris), who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan (Eddie Marsan); and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf (Jack Reynor).

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Holmes and Watson (2018)

December 25, 2018
PG-13
Comedy

This comedic take on Sherlock Holmes unites Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the world’s greatest consulting detective and his loyal biographer.

Holmes and Watson was first announced in 2008, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star opposite Ferrell. Reilly took Cohen's long-vacated spot in 2016 and the rest of the film's cast was assembled thereafter. Production began in London in late 2016, with the movie originally scheduled to arrive in August 2018. It was later pushed back to November and then December of that same year.

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Roma (2018)

December 14, 2018
R
Drama

Shot in black and white, the film details a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s and was partly inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's own childhood.

Production began in fall 2016, with the bulk of shooting taking place on-location in Mexico. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival, where it earned rave reviews.

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Welcome to Marwen (2018)

December 21, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Biography

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

This film is based on the documentary Marwencol, which was directed by Jeff Malmberg. Welcome to Marwencol was first announced in April 2017, as an untitled fantasy film from director Robert Zemeckis, starring Steve Carell. The supporting cast took shape in the following months, with principal photography commencing in August 2017. Production wrapped in October of that year, well ahead of the film's release date.

The title was originally The Women of Marwen, before it was changed in June 2018 - shortly before marketing began.

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

December 14, 2018
R
Crime, Drama, Romance

A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

This film is based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. The adaptation was officially announced in July 2017, with Jenkins confirmed as director. He had written the screenplay back in 2013, around the same time he penned Moonlight. The principal cast filled out between August and October 2017, with filming beginning in New York during October.

If Beale Street Could Talk will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2018, well before its theatrical debut in North America.

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Vice (2018)

December 25, 2018
R
Drama, Biography

The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.

This is director Adam McKay's first film since the Oscar-winning The Big Short in 2015. Vice was first announced in 2016, when Paramount had the rights. It would later move to Annapurna Pictures. Vice previously went by the working title Backseat. Prior to production starting in September 2017, the ensemble cast landed big stars like Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell.

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Dumplin' (2018)

December 7, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Drama, Comedy, Musical

Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. Based on the novel by Julie Murphy.

The film was first announced in 2017, with Jennifer Aniston the first to join. The supporting cast rounded into shape shortly after, and Dumplin' started production in August of 2017, running until October of that year. Netflix then acquired the distribution rights.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

December 25, 2018
PG-13
Drama, Biography

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

This film was first announced in 2017, with director Mimi Leder and star Felicity Jones signing on. The supporting cast rounded out into shape shortly after, with production starting in October of that year. The real Ginsburg will appear in a small part.

On the Basis of Sex will have its world premiere at the 2018 AFI Fest in November before its theatrical release.

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

December 28, 2018
PG
Drama, Comedy, Biography

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

Stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were announced to portray the titular characters in 2016. Filming began in spring 2017. Stan & Ollie held its world premiere at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.

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Destroyer (2018)

December 25, 2018
R
Action, Crime, Drama

As a young cop, LAPD detective Erin Bell was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

The film's cast stared to come together in August 2017, a few months before production began in Los Angeles the following December. Annapurna Pictures screened the film at festivals in Telluride and Toronto, ahead of its release in U.S. theaters.

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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

December 7, 2018
R
Drama, History, Biopic

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

Production began in the summer of 2017, with Focus Features set to handle the domestic release and Universal Pictures overseeing its international distribution. The film was later scheduled to premiere at the 2018 AFI Fest, ahead of its theatrical release.

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The Mule (2018)

December 14, 2018
R
Crime, Drama, Mystery

A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

This is the latest directorial effort from Clint Eastwood, and his second of 2018. It is based on the true story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran who worked with the cartel. Eastwood joined the project in January 2018, with Bradley Cooper and other members of the supporting cast signing on in the months after. Production started in June 2018 and wrapped shortly after.

The Mule marks Eastwood's first acting role since Trouble With the Curve in 2012.

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Ben is Back (2018)

December 7, 2018
R
Drama

A woman's 19 year old son returns home from rehab for drug addiction on Christmas Eve, all clean and otherwise happy. Over a turbulent 24 hours, however, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

The film began production in December 2017 and was picked up for distribution by Roadside Attractions, LD Entertainment and Lionsgate in July 2018. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival the following September.

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Vox Lux (2018)

December 7, 2018
R
Drama, Musical

An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.

The film was first announced back in August 2016, originally seen as a vehicle for Rooney Mara. She later left the project and was replaced by Natalie Portman. The supporting cast slowly joined at various points in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It started production in February 2018.

Vox Lux held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

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