Holiday season means movie season as much as it means balsam firs and hot chocolate. Hollywood rolls out the big flicks it’s betting the ranch on, so there’s more than a Santa’s sackful of promising films with great stars and terrific directors coming up between now and New Year’s Day. Mark your calendars and settle in!
Note: If you choose to visit a theater to see a film, read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus health and safety guide and consult AARP’s latest news on the coronavirus.
Coming Dec. 10
Being the Ricardos
When TV writer turned movie auteur Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) cast Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman as the I Love Lucy stars during one grueling week for their show and their tattered marriage, Hollywood pundits scoffed. Now they’re talking Oscars. Said critic Kyle Buchanan: “Lucy, you’ve got some campaigning to do!”
Don’t Look Up
In a disaster farce, the president (Meryl Streep, 72) won’t believe scientists (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence) who warn that a comet is coming. “She’s a hybrid of all the ridiculous leaders we’ve had for the past 10, 20, 30 years,” notes writer-director Adam McKay.
West Side Story
The greatest American playwright, Tony Kushner, and the greatest director, Steven Spielberg, adapt the great New York musical by the great Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (in turn adapting the Bard), and the preview-audience applause is deafening.
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
Coming Dec. 17
The Tender Bar
George Clooney, 60, directs a heartstring-fiddling adaptation of J.R. Moehringer’s memoir about a boy (Tye Sheridan) who grows up absent a father in a Long Island bar full of surrogate dads, including his doting bartender uncle (Ben Affleck, 49), who becomes his literary mentor and instructor in “the male sciences.”