By PATRICK KIMANZI – Editor
December holidays are always a fun time for movies.
The COUNTY DIARY Editor has some Box Office Picks For You!
For one, there’s a slew of holiday-themed films on Hallmark, Lifetime, and, now, Netflix and even our own ViuSasa offering several original Christmas TV shows and movies—like
Holiday in the Wild , starring Kristin Davis.
There’s also awards-season fare across all platforms, not to mention a few comedies and horror flicks thrown in.
It all makes for an interesting, diverse mix of content. My picks, below, are the ones that everyone will be warming up to this winter.
Set in 1862, this film centers on adventurous hot-air balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), who team up to advance people’s understanding of weather patterns.
Based on true events, this movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicholas Hoult and centers on two black entrepreneurs in the 1950s who circumvent the racial biases against them by having a white man pose as the head of their business.
Black Christmas first came out in 1974, and it was then remade in 2006. Now this classic horror tale is getting a feminist makeover thanks to a fresh story from writers Sophia Takal and April Wolfe. (Takal also directed.)
Based on true events, Seberg tells the story of actress Jean Seberg, who became targeted by the FBI in the 1960s because of her romantic involvement with political activist Hakim Jamal.
This buzzy film, also inspired by true events, details the inner workings of Fox News in the wake of sexual harassment accusations against CEO Roger Ailes by several women, including Gretchen Carlson.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
This is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi . The Rise of Skywalker takes place roughly a year after The Last Jedi , when the Resistance must face off again with the First Order, and the Jedi’s tension with the Sith reaches a fever pitch.
The trailer for the Cats movie set the internet on fire when it debuted back in July, and the buzz has only amplified. Come on: Don’t tell me you’re not at least a little curious about seeing Taylor Swift in CGI fur.
Based on a true story, Just Mercy follows lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) as he gives up several lucrative job offers to help a black man who was wrongfully convicted for the murder of a white women.
Greta Gerwig’s much-anticipated remake of this beloved story stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep
A new World War I epic, centering on two British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) who must cross enemy lines to deliver an important message. Benedict Cumberbatch also stars.
Alfre Woodard is earning unanimous praise for her performance in Clemency as a woman dealing with the psychological ramifications of her job: carrying out death row executions.
Some might say a Grudge remake isn’t necessary. But that doesn’t make this new movie any less horrifying. Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver are the key players in a familiar story, centering on a suburban house that’s cursed by a vengeful spirit.
Like a Boss
Two friends (Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish) start a business together but soon have their ideas stolen by an investor (Salma Hayek) in this hilarious, slapstick comedy—the perfect antidote for post-holiday.