December film preview

It’s almost December and seriously where has the year gone? It’s certainly flown by in what has been a…. well, less than stellar year for film in my opinion, though we’ve had some stands outs for sure – but enough on the past, we’re looking forward to the films to come for December and there are some notable ones on the way as we look on to the final weeks of 2016. (US release dates by default).

Jackie – released on the 2nd of December

Directed by Pablo Larrain

Starring: Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Peter Skaarsgard, Max Castella.

Biographical drama following the former first lady Jackie Kennedy, following the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy in 1963.

 

La La Land – released on the 9th of December

Directed by Damien Chazelle

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons.

Musical comedy/drama set in Los Angeles, following a singer and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love.

 

Rogue One – released on the 16th of December

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring: Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk.

The first ‘Star Wars story’ and prequel to A New Hope, set before the events of the film, the story follows a band of rebels as they work with Jyn Erso, daughter of the designer of the Death star in an effort to steal the secret designs of the superweapon.

 

Passengers – released on the 21st of December

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia.

Sci-fi drama set around two passengers of a generational ship in outer space, who wake up 90 years before they should originally have after a malfunction and can’t go back to sleep, they uncover other underlying problems with the ship as they grow closer to each other.

 

Assassins Creed – released on the 21st of December

Directed by Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillad, Essie Davis, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson.

Sci-fi drama based on the video game series of the same name as convict Callum Lynch is inducted into a program to re-live the past memories of his deceased ancestor Aguilar, gaining skills in the present day also as he discovers he is the descendant of a society and lineage of assassins.

 

Live By Night – released on the 25th of December (limited release)

Directed by Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chros Cooper

Crime drama set in 1920s and 1930s around Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston cop, who becomes a bootlegger and eventually an infamous gangster.

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