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The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Movie Guide

You and your family may not agree on politics, mashed potato recipes or the best age to start producing grandchildren, but there’s something you all can agree on and enjoy together: the movies. So, since you’ll all be together over Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ve done the work for you and rounded up the very best selection of holiday films. Whether you’re craving laughter or a Tonya Harding biopic, there’s something for everyone.

Comedy

'Tis the season to be jolly

bad moms STX Entertainment

A Bad Moms Christmas

(November 1)

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn all return in this sequel set during the Super Bowl of motherhood: Christmas.

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daddys home 2 Paramount Pictures

Daddy’s Home 2

(November 10)

Another sequel: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back prepping for—and dreading—a holiday visit from their dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson).

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three billboards Fox Searchlight Pictures

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

(November 10)

After her daughter is murdered, Frances McDormand leases three billboards on the outskirts of town to put a spotlight on a case she feels the cops (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell) botched.

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cook off Lionsgate Premiere

Cook-Off!

(November 17)

Melissa McCarthy stars as a competitive baker in this spoof on the reality show world and the quirky contestants that often appear.

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man who invented christmas Bleecker Street

The Man Who Invented Christmas

(November 22)

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens takes on the role of Charles Dickens, who, in an attempt to revive his career, self-publishes a novel about a guy named Scrooge.

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just getting started 2 Broad Green Pictures

Just Getting Started

(December 8)

An ex-mob lawyer (Morgan Freeman) in the witness protection program and an ex-FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) face off on the golf course in this action comedy.

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the disaster artist New Line Cinema

The Disaster Artist

(December 8)

This behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room, one of the most absurd movies of all time, stars James Franco, Seth Rogen and the ever-lovely Kristen Bell.

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pitch perfect 3 Universal Pictures

Pitch Perfect 3

(December 22)

There’s no better way to spend Christmas than watching the aca-awesome Bellas (Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson included) reunite for one final tour.

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downsizing Paramount Pictures

Downsizing

(December 22)

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a couple who learn there’s a perfect way to live large on their current income: They can shrink themselves.

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Independent

Arty films are the best films

lady bird A24

Lady Bird

(November 10)

Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with this coming-of-age film about her Sacramento upbringing. (Psst…it also stars Saoirse Ronan of Brooklyn fame.)

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film stars don t die Sony Pictures Classics

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

(November 17)

Annette Bening plays the eccentric Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame in this story, set in 1978 Liverpool, about her life and lover (Jamie Bell—aka Billy Elliot!).

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call my name Sony Pictures Classics

Call Me By Your Name

(November 24)

When an American moves in with an American-Italian family in northern Italy, he’s unexpectedly drawn to a doctoral student (Armie Hammer) living in the same villa.

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palos verdes IFC Films

The Tribes of Palos Verdes

(December 1)

A new town, a broken marriage—Jennifer Garner stars in this film about a fractured family living in a beach community in Southern California.

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shape of water Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Shape of Water

(December 1)

Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaning lady in a government laboratory whose life changes when she befriends a top-secret aquatic creature. (Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon also star.)

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gotti Paramount Pictures

Gotti

(December 15)

John Travolta and his real-life wife, Kelly Preston, step into the shoes of crime boss John Gotti and his better half Victoria.

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mudbound Netflix

Mudbound

(November 17)

Set in rural Mississippi during World War II, this film tells two stories—one of a black sharecropping family and the other of the white landowners they work for. (Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan also star.)

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Drama

Hello, Oscar-worthy

roman Columbia Pictures

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

(November 3)

Denzel Washington takes on the role of Roman Israel, an idealistic defense attorney who suddenly finds himself on the other side of the law.

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jeffrey dahmer FilmRise

My Friend Dahmer

(November 3)

Before he was an infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. (Based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf.)

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lbj Castle Rock Entertainment

LBJ

(November 3)

Woody Harrelson plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the tumultuous days after JFK’s assassination and through the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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last flag flying Lionsgate

Last Flag Flying

(November 3)

This Richard Linklater film follows a trio of old Vietnam War buddies (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) who reunite to bury Carell’s son, who was killed in Iraq.

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murder on the orient express 20th Century Fox

Murder on the Orient Express

(November 10)

Based on the Agatha Christie novel, an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Pénelope Cruz) must solve a murder on the rails before the murderer strikes again.

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wonder Lionsgate

Wonder

(November 17)

Based on the book of the same name, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a boy born with facial differences who struggles to fit into the fifth grade. (Julia Roberts also stars.)

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darkest hour 20th Century Fox

Darkest Hour

(November 22)

Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the days following his post-election win as prime minister. He must choose between negotiating a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or leading Britain to war.

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molly s game STX Entertainment

Molly’s Game

(November 22)

Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial film debut with this movie based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain)– a woman known for arranging secret high stakes poker games for celebrities and other prominent players.

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wonder wheel Amazon Studios

Wonder Wheel

(November 29)

Woody Allen steps back into the director’s chair for this film about a middle-aged carousel operator (Jim Belushi) working at 1950s Coney Island and his wife (Kate Winslet).

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the man with money Sony Pictures

All the Money in the World

(December 1)

An unrecognizable Kevin Spacey plays J. Paul Getty, the wealthiest man in the world, who drags his feet on paying ransom when his grandson is kidnapped. (This film is based on a true story, btw.)

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i tonya Neon

I, Tonya

(December 8)

At last, Margot Robbie takes on the role of figure skater Tonya Harding, who’s on her way to Olympic glory until her ex-husband clubs Nancy Kerrigan in the knee.

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daniel day lewis Focus Features

Phantom Thread

(December 25)

It’s set to be Daniel Day Lewis’s acting swan song. This film—set in the fashion world of 1950s London—is about a dressmaker commissioned by the royal family.

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the greatest showman 20th Century Fox

The Greatest Showman

(December 29)

It’s the magical tale (a musical, in fact) of P.T. Barnum—played by Hugh Jackman—and how the birth of show business came to be. (Michelle Williams also stars.)

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Action

Explosions and car chases, yessss

thor header Walt Disney

Thor: Ragnarok

(November 3)

A battle for the ages: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) goes head to head against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). But he has another—potentially bigger—battle to wage against Hela (Cate Blanchett).

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justice league Warner Bros.

Justice League

(November 17)

Wonder Woman (aka Gal Gadot) joins Batman (Ben Affleck) to assemble a team to fight a new enemy in the latest superhero film.

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star wars Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

(December 15)

In the follow-up to last year’s The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues her journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker by her side. (Porgs included!)

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jumanji Columbia Pictures

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

(December 22)

Four teens get sucked into an old video game console and must live out their roles in the game’s jungle setting based on the avatars they chose. (Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart star.)

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bright Netflix

Bright

(December 22)

Mystical creatures co-exist with humans in this film about a human cop (Will Smith) who is forced to work alongside an orc.

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Family

Hilarity for all ages

the last star Columbia Pictures

The Star

(November 17)

This animated feature about a brave donkey—and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of Christmas—includes the voices of Gina Rodriguez and Keegan-Michael Key.

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coco Walt Disney Pictures

Coco

(November 22)

Even after music is banned in his family, nothing can stop Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) from achieving his dream of being just like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) in this latest Pixar film.

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ferdinand 20th Century Fox

Ferdinand

(December 15)

It’s the re-telling of a classic: When Ferdinand—a bull with a big heart—is mistaken for a dangerous beast and captured, he’s determined to find his way home. (Voices include Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale and more.)

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