Brr! It's chilly outside, so we're happy to have exciting new movies in theaters to sustain us. This is a great time of year to sink into real-life dramas, wondrous adventures and unexpected comedies on the big screen. Make plans now to enjoy the holiday season by reading onward.
DARK WATERS (NOV. 22)
While doing a favor for a friend, a corporate defense attorney (Mark Ruffalo) discovers a big conspiracy in a small town. The true story comes to vivid life in the stirring drama, directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes ('Carol,' 'Wonderstruck'). Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins and Bill Pullman also star.
Filmmaker Rian Johnson ('The Brothers Bloom,' 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi') assembles an all-star cast for an old-fashioned comic-mystery. Daniel Craig stars as a detective tasked with unmasking the killer of a family patriarch; Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson and Christopher Plummer join the fun.
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are enjoying their first date together when tragedy strikes and a police officer is killed. The ugly incident forces them on the run in this tense, timely drama. Bokeem Woodbine and Chloe Sevigny also star; director Melina Matsoukas makes her long-awaited feature debut.
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne ('The Theory of Everything') reteam in an epic struggle for survival in the skies. Inspired by real-life events, the adventure follows a daring pilot and a brilliant scientist who embark on an unprecedented search for discoveries while traveling in a giant gas balloon.
Classic toys come to life in an entertaining adventure for the entire family. In the animated film, an experienced secret agent (voiced by Daniel Radcliffe) partners with two civilians (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy and Jim Gaffigan) on a globetrotting rescue mission.
The slasher horror classic is reimagined for the modern day by writer/director Sophia Takal ('Always Shine') and cowriter April Wolfe. Imogen Poots leads a group of imperiled college students who must face off against a lethal killer in the suspense thriller. Cary Elwes also stars.
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black return as intrepid game players who set off on an entirely new adventure, this time to rescue one of their own. They find themselves embodying unfamiliar characters in wild, unknown territories. Danny Glover and Danny DeVito join in the fun.
Clint Eastwood directs a bristling drama, based on a true story, about a heroic security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) who is made into a villain by false reports. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm and Kathy Bates also star.
Kristen Stewart portrays American actress-turned-French New Wave icon Jean Seberg in this biopic that’s also a political thriller. The movie follows the ‘Breathless’ star during her time under FBI surveillance because of her ties to the Black Panther Party. Anthony Mackie co-stars as civil rights activist and love interest Hakim Jamal.
Set in New York City’s Diamond District, this darkly comedic crime thriller from the Safdie Brothers ('Good Time') is about a jeweler and compulsive gambler looking for a big score to settle his debts. Funnyman Adam Sandler has been receiving Oscar buzz for his shining performance in the relatively dramatic lead role. Opens in limited release on Dec. 13 and in wide release on Dec. 25.
Based on the true sexual harassment scandal involving former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, this drama set in the summer of 2016 stars Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and a barely recognizable Charlize Theron as three women working at the cable network who come forward against the big boss. John Lithgow portrays Ailes.
One of the biggest and most memorable Broadway musicals of all time finally hits the big screen with this star-studded adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber show, which is indeed about cats. Among the cast of singing and dancing felines are Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, James Corden and Jennifer Hudson.
The original storyline of the Star Wars franchise comes to its conclusion in this ninth episode of the “Skywalker Saga.” Directed by J.J. Abrams ('The Force Awakens'), the sequel marks the returns of Lando Calrissian and the Emperor alongside current main characters Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the villainous Kylo Ren.
Louisa May Alcott’s classic 19th-century novel is adapted for the eighth time with yet another winning ensemble of actresses playing the titular March sisters. Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) steers the coming-of-age drama, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet.
What if one of Q’s gadgets turned James Bond into a bird? That’s the premise of this animated feature about a super-spy who is transformed into a pigeon. Will Smith voices the winged secret agent alongside a cast including Tom Holland, Rashida Jones and Ben Mendelsohn, who once again plays a villain.
Michael B. Jordan stars an attorney who courageously fights to free an unfairly convicted prisoner (Jamie Foxx), sentenced to death for a crime that he did not commit. Brie Larson also stars in the drama, based on a true story.
'Hope is a dangerous thing,' according to the new film from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes. In the tense wartime thriller, two young British soldiers accept an incredibly dangerous mission to cross enemy territory to prevent more than 1,600 men from facing certain death.