‘American Underdog’ to ‘West Side Story’: The big movies coming through Christmas – Houston Chronicle Leave a comment

Ariana DeBose in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’
Compared to last year, 2021 feels more like business-as-usual as many heavy-hitter films are landing in theaters this December. Here, in chronological order, is a teaser of some the cinematic gifts Hollywood’s bringing to the multiplex. And, remember, theatrical dates are subject to change and may vary in the Houston market.
 
Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” (Kirsty Griffin/Netflix/TNS)
The Power of the Dog: For her first film in more than a decade, New Zealand-born director Jane Campion (“The Piano”) tells the story of a rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) who torments his brother (Jesse Plemons) and new sister-in-law (Kirsten Dunst). Begins streaming Dec. 1 on Netflix.
 
Riz Ahmed (center) in the movie ‘Encounter’
Encounter: Riz Ahmed plays a father trying to shield his two young sons from an alien threat. Octavia Spencer and Rory Cochrane co-star. Opens in theaters Dec. 3; begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 10.
 
Set of “The Hand of God” by Paolo Sorrentino. In the picture are Filippo Scotti and Marlo Joubert.
The Hand of God: A coming-of-age tale from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”) about a boy growing up in ‘80s-era Naples. Opens in theaters Dec. 3; begins streaming on Netflix Dec. 15.
 
George MacKay stars as “Jacob” in director Nathalie Biancheri’s WOLF, a Focus Features release.
Wolf: George MacKay (“1917”) portrays a man who believes he is a wolf. Opens Dec. 3 in theaters.
 
Being the Ricardos: Casting Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Jarvier Bardem as Ricky Ricardo has generated controversy and anticipation for Aaron Sorkin’s biographical drama about the famous couple. Opens Dec. 10 in theaters; begins streaming Dec. 21 on Amazon Prime Video.
 
DON’T LOOK UP (L to R) CATE BLANCHETT as BRIE EVANTEE, TYLER PERRY as JACK BREMMER, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, JENN
Don’t Look Up: Director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) takes on media in this drama-comedy about two astronomers trying to warn the world about an incoming asteroid. Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill and Meryl Streep star. Opens Dec. 10 in theaters; begins streaming Dec. 24 on Netflix.
 
National Champions: This is what happens when a star student-athlete launches a strike mere hours before a big game. J.K. Simmons, Timothy Olyphant and Lil Rel Howery star. Opens Dec. 10 in theaters.
 
West Side Story (pictured above): Steven Spielberg remakes the classic musical that is itself an update of “Romeo & Juliet” with New York gangs. Opens Dec. 10 in theaters.
 
A scene from the film “Red Rocket”
Red Rocket: The latest film from Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) was shot in Southeast Texas and centers on a faded porn star who returns from L.A. to his hometown of Texas City and finds a less than warm reception. Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.
 
Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper in ‘Nightmare Alley’
Nightmare Alley — The 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power about a dangerous mentalist gets made over by Guillermo del Toro and starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette and Willem Defoe. Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.
 
MJ (Zendaya) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) jump off a bridge in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” (Matt Kennedy/Sony Pictures/TNS)
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Marvel fans have been on pins and needles waiting for this adventure that will take Spidey deep into the metaverse where he meets characters from previous “Spider-Man” cinematic incarnations. Opens Dec. 17 in theaters.
 
Swan Song — Mahershala Ali plays a man with a terminal illness in the near future who decides to enter an experiment to protect his family from grief. Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina and Lee Shorten co-star. Opens Dec. 17 in theaters and on Apple TV+.
 
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Harris Dickinson in ‘The King’s Man’
The King’s Man: This is the early-20th-century-set prequel for the popular action films “Kingsman: Secret Service” and “The Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stanley Tucci and Ralph Fiennes star. Opens Dec. 22 in theaters.
 
The Matrix: Resurrections: Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return for the latest trip into the Matrix. Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Jada Pinkett Smith and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also make the journey. Opens Dec. 22 in theaters; begin streaming Dec. 22 on HBO Max.
 
Sing 2: An all-star lineup of voice actors — including Bono, Pharrell Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey — is on board for the sequel to the hit animated family film about a singing contest. Opens Dec. 22 in theaters.
 
Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan in “The Tender Bar.”
The Tender Bar: George Clooney goes behind the camera to direct an intimate drama involving a young man looking for father figures at his uncle’s bar. Tye Sheridan and Ben Affleck star. Opens Dec. 22 in theaters; begins streaming Jan. 7 on Amazon Prime Video.
 
American Underdog: Zachary Levi stars as real-life football player Kurt Warner whose career zoomed from grocery store boxboy to NFL MVP. Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.
 
Michael B. Jordan, Chanté Adams in ‘A Journal for Jordan’
A Journal for Jordan: In more Denzel Washington news, he directs this drama based on a Dana Canedy book about a 1st Sgt. father who, before he’s killed in action in Baghdad, pens a letter to his son about how to lead a decent life. Michael B. Jordan stars. Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.
 
Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim in the movie “Licorice Pizza.” (Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc./TNS)
Licorice Pizza: Director Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights,” “The Master”) comes back with a coming-of-age film set in California’s San Fernando Valley in the ‘70s. Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and Maya Rudolph star. Opens Dec. 25 in theaters.
 
Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” coming soon to theaters and Apple TV+.
The Tragedy of MacBeth: Joel Coen steps away from his brother to direct his take on Shakespeare’s classic starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Opens Dec. 25 in theaters; begins streaming Jan. 14 on Apple TV+.
Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has been a features reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.
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