Your Official Holiday 2018 Movie Preview
’Tis the season for enjoying loads of quality time with your relatives, and there’s no better way to keep the peace than by spending 100 minutes in silence together at the movies. Good thing there’s a slew of incredible films to take in before year’s end. Here’s what we’re putting on our list.
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne try to start a family via foster care adoption and suddenly find themselves the parents of three girls—including one very rebellious teen.
The plus-size daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston) signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest, but ends up revolutionizing her small Texas town.
J. Lo plays a 40-year-old woman who wants a career do-over even if she has to fake it till she makes it to get her foot in the door.
Holmes & Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star in this modern spoof of the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson franchise.
Here and Now
Sarah Jessica Parker plays a singer/songwriter with a successful career, until she receives some life-altering news that causes her to re-prioritize.
It’s the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, when a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester turned ugly after British forces decided to attack. (Rory Kinnear stars.)
Viggo Mortensen plays a bouncer from the Bronx hired to drive a world-class black pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour from NYC to the deep South where racial tensions still run deep.
At Eternity’s Gate
Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) faced skepticism and illness—but this film takes a look at his life and how he still managed to create such brilliant works of art.
Ansel Elgort plays twin brothers who have both agreed not to have girlfriends. That is, until one of them falls in love.
A Private War
A fearless and celebrated war correspondent (Rosamund Pike) is drawn to the front lines. But everything changes when journalists are suddenly the ones under attack.
John Travolta is a speed boat racing champion with a secret life as a drug trafficker who winds up caught in a complicated crossfire between the DEA and the mob.
When a boy (Lucas Hedges) comes out to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe), he is forced to attend gay conversion therapy—or risk being shunned.
The Front Runner
Based on the true story, this film is about Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), a frontrunner in 1988 for the Democratic presidential nomination—until he had an affair.
When Queen Anne falls ill in 18th century England, her close friend (Rachel Weisz) helps govern the country with input from her charming servant Abigail (Emma Stone).
Head Full of Honey
A little girl finds her grandfather (Nick Nolte) battling Alzheimer’s, so it’s up to her to help him remember what matters. (Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer also star.)
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) from the throne, but instead finds herself imprisoned—and on a path that could change history forever.
Ben is Back
When a 19-year-old with substance abuse issues (Lucas Hedges) returns home on Christmas Eve, his mom (Julia Roberts) will do anything to keep him safe.
It takes a national tragedy for the world to notice Celeste (played by Natalie Portman), who rises from the ashes to major superstardom in this musical drama. (Jude Law also stars.)
On a boys weekend in the Catskills, Tyler (played by Jason Mitchell) suddenly realizes he’s the only black guy and starts to feel uneasy—with good reason.
Clint Eastwood plays a man in his 80s with nothing until he lands a job as a driver…aka drug carrier for a Mexican cartel. (Bradley Cooper also stars.)
Welcome to Marwen
When Mark (Steve Carell) is brutally attacked, he loses all his memories. He then creates a fictional world—Marwen—as a way to heal and slowly rebuild his life.
Sandra Bullock stars in this Netflix-only release about a mysterious force that decimates the world’s population; and if you see it, you die.
With a power cast that includes Steve Carell and Amy Adams, this film tells the story of Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), a bureaucratic Washington insider who, well, you know the rest.
On the Basis of Sex
Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this film about her path to becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. (Armie Hammer also stars.)
Adonis Creed (Michael P. Jordan) is back—this time to face off against a longtime family rival with ties to both his and Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) past.
A re-telling of the classic tale, this time with Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) as a war-hardened crusader going up against a corrupt English town. (Jamie Foxx also stars.)
Willem Dafoe and Amber Heard join Jason Momoa in this film about a world that is depleting the sea of all its resources and the underwater inhabitants who are ready to revolt.
Four women (including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez) take fate into their own hands after their ex-husbands’ criminal activities leave them with a debt to pay.
A couple (played by Aaron Paul and Emily Ratajkowski) takes a much-needed vacation in the Italian countryside, until a sinister homeowner ruins their plans.
As a young cop, an LAPD detective (Nicole Kidman) is placed undercover in a gang. But she is forced to face her demons when, years later, the leader of that gang is released.
Benedict Cumberbatch (well, his voice) is the grumpy Grinch trying to ruin Christmas for all the Whos in Whoville in this animated tale.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Magizoologist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) is back in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
In this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope happen upon a Wi-Fi router in their arcade…and a path to a new adventure.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber and Mahershala Ali lend their voices to this animated installment of the famed comic.
Mary Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt plays the title character in the musical remake of the Julie Andrews classic. (Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Dick Van Dyke also star.)