Winter Movie Guide: What You Need To Know

By Charlie Storck

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, and focuses on the three chipmunks’ journey to stop their owner Dave from getting engaged. Coming December 18.

The Big Short is a dark comedy that centers on the true story of the financial crisis of 2007-2010. The film is written and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman) and stars Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Coming December 23.

Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan is a romantic drama about an Irish immigrant named Eilis living in Brooklyn in the 1950s. It is a remarkably heartwarming and moving film with an exceptional performance by Ronan. Now playing.

Carol is set in Manhattan in the 1950s and centers on a young department store clerk named Therese (Rooney Mara) who finds herself drawn to an older, married woman named Carol (Cate Blanchett). The film deals with the unexpected and forbidden romance between these two women. Now playing in select theaters.

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a biographical sports drama that follows pathologist Bennet Omalu’s ongoing struggle to expose the truth about brain damage in the NFL. Coming December 25.

Creed is technically the seventh film in the Rocky series, but this installment is focused on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Creed, played by Michael B. Jordon. Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as an aging Rocky Balboa in this film and has started garnering early Oscar Buzz. Now Playing.

Daddy’s Home is a Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy about an unpredictable father and a well-behaved stepfather who are forced to compete for the love of their children. Coming December 25.

The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, is a period drama set in Denmark in the early 20th century. Redmayne portrays the artist Lili Elbe, one of the first individuals to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. Coming December 25.

Pixar’s latest feature film, The Good Dinosaur, focuses on what life on Earth would have been like if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaur population 65 million years ago, had missed. Now playing.

The Hateful Eight, the eighth film by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, is a threehour western set in Post-Civil war Wyoming. The film follows eight strangers seeking shelter during a blizzard, and, because this is a Quentin Tarantino film, few of them survive. Coming to select theaters December 25.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the last of the Hunger Games films and follows Katniss, Peeta, and Gale as they fight to defeat the capital and attempt to bring peace to Panem. Now playing.

Ron Howard’s adventure thriller In the Heart of the Sea is the true story of the whaling ship Essex that is sunk and destroyed by a very large whale. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as the first mate, Owen Chase. Coming December 11.

Joy reunites Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro with their American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook director (and MHS alum) David O. Russell. In this dark comedy, Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, a successful entrepreneur and creator of a business dynasty. Coming December 25.

If you’re a fan of Tom Hardy, you’re in for a treat because in Legend, he plays two characters. The film is set in London and tells the story of identical twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Now playing in select theaters.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the dangerous tale of greed and ambition. Now playing in select theaters.

The Peanuts Movie, based on the famous comic strip by Charles Schultz, features the beloved characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and more. It is the first feature length Peanuts movie in 35 years. Now playing.

Point Break is a remake of the 1991 cult classic. The action thriller is about an FBI agent who goes undercover to prove that a group of extreme sports athletes are responsible for pulling off elaborate corporate heists. Coming December 25.

Leonardo DiCaprio is likely to win his first Oscar for The Revenant, a brutally violent western directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, who helmed last year’s Best Picture winner, Birdman. The Revenant follows frontiersman Hugh Glass, who after being mauled by a bear, seeks revenge on those who left him for dead.

Room is a gripping and emotional drama based on the 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue. The film tells the story of a young woman and her five-year-old son who have been imprisoned in a garden shed since before the child was born. Now playing in select theaters.

In the comedy Sisters, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play two sisters who decide to throw a house party before their parents sell their childhood home. Coming December 18.

Son of Saul is a harrowing, Hungarian holocaust drama about a prisoner at Auschwitz who is forced to burn bodies of his own people, and his quest for moral refuge after saving the body of a boy he believes to be his son. Coming December 18.

Spectre, the latest James Bond film, follows Bond (Daniel Craig) as he uncovers dark secrets surrounding a mysterious organization.. Now playing.

Spotlight is the true story of reporters for the Boston Globe who uncover reports of sexual abuse of children by priests and the Catholic Church’s attempt to cover up these scandals. The film stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. Now playing.

Chances are, if you are a fan of the Star Wars movies, your decision is already made: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This installment is set 30 years after Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and is the first in the series to be directed by visionary director J. J. Abrams. Coming December 18.

Youth focuses on a retired music conductor played by Michael Caine and his vacation in the Alps with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director best friend (Harvey Keitel). Now playing in select theaters.

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