The reel deal: December movie releases


Movies hitting the silver screen in December include Aquaman, The Mule, Bumblebee and Holmes & Watson.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Bow to no one.

Drama | History

Directed by Josie Rourke

Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Chan

In theaters 12.7

Set during the 16th century, this period piece focuses on the turbulent relationship and bitter rivalry between two young queens vying for the English throne.

Ben Is Back


Directed by Peter Hedges

Starring Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts and Kathryn Newton

In theaters 12.7

After a wayward 19-year-old suddenly reappears on his family’s doorstep, his mother’s love is put to the test as she spends the following 24 hours doing everything possible to keep her drug-addled son safe.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask.

Action | Adventure

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

Starring Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld

In theaters 12.14

In this computer-animated superhero spectacle, Spider-Men from parallel dimensions join forces to keep an existential threat from unraveling the fabric of the multiverse.

Mortal Engines

Some scars never heal.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Directed by Christian Rivers

Starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmarsdóttir and Stephen Lang

In theaters 12.14

Centuries after a cataclysm obliterates civilization, entire cities roam the landscape like predators on wheels, and an enigmatic young woman must fight to keep London from consuming everything around it.

The Mule

Nobody runs forever.

Crime | Drama

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Starring Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Bradley Cooper

In theaters 12.14

A 90-year-old man with little to live for gets busted smuggling coke for a Mexican cartel, forcing him to rethink his life choices and right some wrongs before it’s too late.


Every adventure has a beginning.

Action | Adventure

Directed by Travis Knight

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Gracie Dzienny

In theaters 12.21

In this origin story for everyone’s favorite autobot, a yellow Volkswagen is brought back to life by a California girl on the cusp of her 18th birthday.

Welcome to Marwen

To dream is to heal.

Comedy | Drama

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Steve Carell, Eiza González and Janelle Monáe

In theaters 12.21

In this touching film based on actual events, the victim of a vicious attack puts the pieces of his life back together by constructing a sprawling, scale-model town where he can be a hero.


The untold true story that changed the course of history forever.

Biography | Drama

Directed by Adam McKay

Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell

In theaters 12.25

This biopic about the most powerful vice president in modern history sheds light on the events leading up to the 2000 election and demonstrates how Dick Cheney used his position to mold the world to his whim.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s "Vice," an Annapurna Pictures release.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice,” an Annapurna Pictures release.

(Greig Fraser / Annapurna Picture / Greig Fraser / Annapurna Picture)


A tide is coming.

Fantasy | Adventure

Directed by James Wan

Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson

In theaters 12.21

The uncouth, half-human heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis must step forward to lead his sea-dwelling people when a battle on the surface threatens the lives of millions of Atlanteans.

Second Act

No matter who you want to be, never forget who you are.

Romance | Comedy

Directed by Peter Segal

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens

In theaters 12.21

A 40-year-old employee at a big-box store makes a last-gasp attempt at realizing her unfulfilled dreams and cons her way into a career on Madison Avenue.

On The Basis Of Sex

Her story made history.

Drama | Biography

Directed by Mimi Leder

Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux

In theaters 12.25

This dramatization of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rise from scrappy young lawyer to legendary Supreme Court Justice shines a light on the struggles, sacrifices and successes of the notorious R.B.G.

Holmes & Watson

Comedy | Mystery

Directed by Etan Cohen

Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Ralph Fiennes

In theaters 12.25

In this this wry take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s signature characters, an unorthodox detective and his bumbling sidekick investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace and must solve the case in four days in order to keep the queen safe.

Director Karyn Kusama and actor Nicole Kidman on the set of "Destroyer," an Annapurna Pictures release.

Director Karyn Kusama and actor Nicole Kidman on the set of “Destroyer,” an Annapurna Pictures release.

(Sabrina Lantos / Annapurna Pictu / )


You can’t run from yourself.

Drama | Thriller

Directed by Karyn Kusama

Starring Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan and Tatiana Maslany

In theaters 12.25

A police detective who once worked undercover to infiltrate a violent California gang must re-enter the ruinous world she thought she left behind after the group’s leader rears his head after years on the run.