A new Disney princess, a Star Wars spin-off, real life stories and a sci-fi starring two of the biggest movie stars of the moment, the month of December is a great month for movies and a great way to round off 2016.
Bleed for This
Miles Teller is back to tell the incredible true story of Vinny Pazienza, one of few American boxers to hold world titles in three different weight categories. He also suffered a near-fatal car accident at the peak of his career. Told he would never walk again, Vinny spent months recovering in a halo neck brace until, against doctors’ orders and without their knowledge, he returned to the gym. With the support of trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), “The Pazmanian Devil” made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
Written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room), Bleed for This is executive produced by Raging Bull director Martin Scorsese.
In cinemas December 2
The latest offering from Disney is Moana, a teenage Polynesian Princess undertaking a mythical quest. She uses seafaring skills to search for a fabled island in her ancient South Pacific home of Oceania. Along the way she meets a demigod names Maui, and the action-packed movie follows the duo as they face enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
Auli’i Cravalho voices the title character and she is joined by Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk
Moana will be the fifth Princess of colour in Disney’s official line and Ron Clements and John Musker will direct, and they’re no stranger to Disney either after helming Aladdin, Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.
In cinemas December 2
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Tom Hanks stars in this real-life drama as Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the man who on January 15, 2009, made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River. He made the decision after the US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
Directed by Clint Eastwood the film celebrates the protagonist and Tom Hanks is the perfect choice to play the pilot.
In cinemas December 2
Office Christmas Party
There’s not much in the way of Christmas films this year, Office Christmas Party might not be the most Christmassy cheer, but it’ll certainly get you into the party spirit.
When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
In cinemas December 7
Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.
In cinemas December 9
Star Wars: Rogue One
The Star Wars franchise’s first spin-off film will be taking us back in time to a point between Episodes III and IV – that’s Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope .
The official synopsis reads as follows:
“Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule.”
In cinemas December 16
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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in the sci-fi movie about people who left their life on earth to be frozen in time to travel through space to a new home. They are sleeping in suspended animation when they are awakened too early when their ship malfunctions.
As Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
In cinemas December 21
This Meet the Parents-esque comedy looks set to bring us plenty of laughs over the Christmas break.
Ned (Bryan Cranston) is an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare – her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco).
The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry – and Ned’s panic level – escalate when he learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
In cinemas December 26
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When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.
In cinemas December 30