By Brendan Lee
Mortal Engines – December 14
From the pen of one of cinema’s all-time greats, Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), comes the first step on a colossal new journey. Mortal Engines speaks of a distant future where the city of London has evolved into a massive, mobile, destructive machine, and a girl named Hester stands before its looming shadow.
If Beale Street Could Talk – December 14
Oftentimes our greatest strengths never show until we’re torn apart from the ones we love. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) returns with the swooping tale of Tish and Fonny, two childhood friends incontrovertibly in love and unfairly separated by a false imprisonment. This film radiates the purest form of romance and invites the audience to bask in it.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – December 14
It’s Spiderman. It’s comedic genius Phil Lord. And with a story that hinges on an inter-dimensional web of different Spider-Men of all shapes, sizes, and species (yes, there’s a pig named Spider-Ham), the sky’s the Spider-Limit.
They Shall Not Grow Old – December 17
Peter Jackson is everywhere this December with the release of his highly anticipated World War I documentary. Years in the making, Jackson takes restored, century-old footage and breathes new life into a time, and an event, so catastrophically world-defining. It’s films like these that ensure we will never forget.
Destroyer – December 25
One of the year’s most anticipated thrillers arrives just in time for Christmas dinner. Playing a thick-skinned LAPD detective bent on revenge, Nicole Kidman disappears within a role she was destined for – one that may define her career from this point onward.