Pick of the Litter – December 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Aquaman

(Warner Brothers) Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe. The first post-Justice League DC film will be under a microscope as we explore the origin tale of Arthur Curry, the son of a lighthouse keeper and the Queen of Atlantis who will be enlisted to unite the peoples below the sea and above it. Forces exist however who want to send the two peoples into a cataclysmic war that will determine who rules the world once and for all. December 21

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Ben is Back

(Roadside Attractions) Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton. A mother’s most devout Christmas wish comes true when her estranged son appears unexpectedly on her doorstep Christmas Eve morning. However, the sins of his past including drug abuse and criminal activity are not far behind him and she will fight tooth and nail to keep it from dragging the rest of her family down with it.  December 7

Vox Lux

(NEON) Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Ehle. The events that shaped the world from 1999-2017 are viewed through the eyes of a self-centered pop diva. One of the most anticipated films to come out of Toronto this year, there is already talk that this might be Portman’s next Oscar win. December 7

ROMA

(Netflix) Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta. Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron returns to his Mexican home turf to examine the life of a middle class family in a suburb of Mexico City during a single year in the tumultuous ‘70s. A big hit at various film festivals (it received the award for Best Film at Venice), Netflix is giving it the widest theatrical release in the history of the company in November in preparation for a major Oscar push. December 14

Ghostbox Cowboy

(Dark Star) David Zellner, Specialist, Robert Longstreet, Vincent Xie. A Texas entrepreneur who isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier relocates to China where he reinvents himself as something of a maverick in China’s booming tech market. However, unscrupulous and corrupt American businessmen are prepared to take him a lot further than he wants to go in this parable about the trade war mentality. December 14

 They Shall Not Grow Old

(Warner Brothers) Peter Jackson. Legendary producer/director/writer Peter Jackson is a World War I buff. Using modern technology, he has taken archival film from the Great War, restored it and added sound and color to make the scratchy, jumpy and sped up footage look more natural and realistic, allowing viewers to really become immersed in the experience. Theatrically, this is playing only at special screenings on December 17th and 27th via Fathom Events. December 17

Cold War

(Amazon) Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza. Set in the background of the height of the Cold War, two young Poles, completely mismatched but stuck with each other, try to navigate the dangerous currents of Stalinist Poland and perhaps the even more dangerous currents of the human heart. This is Poland’s official submission for the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and comes to us from the director of a previous winner, Ida. December 21

 Destroyer

(Annapurna) Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan. The leader of a notorious gang emerges from he shadows, prompting an aging L.A. detective who was once undercover in the gang with tragic results to seek out surviving members of the gang to exorcize her own demons and to get to the bottom of what happened so long ago. And yes, that is Kidman in the photo above. December 30

Stan and Ollie

(Sony Classics) John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston. The legendary comic duo of Laurel and Hardy are well past their prime and in desperate need of a hit. Undertaking a grueling theater tour of Britain, the two must deal with the ghosts of their past, Oliver Hardy’s failing health and their own feelings for each other. December 28

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December 2018


Aquaman

DECEMBER 1, 2018

Battle – Netflix
Crossroads: One Two Jaga – Netflix
Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer – Special theatrical presentation
Ulam: Main Dish – Limited

DECEMBER 3, 2018

The Griddle House – Limited
Paris to Pittsbugh – NatGeo

DECEMBER 4, 2018

Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker – VOD
Down River – VOD
The Ghost Beyond – VOD
Luceferina – VOD
Remote Viewing – VOD
Santa World – VOD
Slay Belles – Limited/VOD
Snowflake – VOD

DECEMBER 5, 2018

The Charmer – Limited
Payday – Limited
Tyrel – Limited

DECEMBER 6, 2018

Clara’s Ghost – Limited

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Mary Queen of Scots
Mowgli – Expands to Netflix
5 Star Christmas – Netflix
All the Devil’s Men – Limited
Amazing Grace – Limited
The Appearance – Limited
Asher – Limited
Back Roads – Limited/VOD
Ben is Back – Limited
Bernie the Dolphin – Limited
Central Park – Limited
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes – Limited/VOD
Dumplin’ – Netflix
Elephants – Limited
Generation Iron 3 – Limited
Hospitality – Limited
Nona – Limited
The Silence – Limited
Swimming with Men – Limited
Vox Lux – Limited

DECEMBER 8, 2018

Buttons – Fathom Events

DECEMBER 9, 2018

A Snow White Christmas – ION

DECEMBER 10, 2018

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas – Freeform

DECEMBER 11, 2018

Dark Fortune – VOD
Deadman Standing – VOD
Dede – VOD
Islam and the Future of Tolerance – Limited/VOD
Sk8 Dog – VOD
Space Guardians 2 – VOD

DECEMBER 12, 2018

Once Upon a Deadpool

DECEMBER 13, 2018

Maine – Limited

DECEMBER 14, 2018

Mortal Engines
The Mule
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Antidote – Limited
Beyond White Space – Limited
The Bounty Killer – Limited
Capernaum – Limited
Ghostbox Cowboy – Limited
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel – Limited
If Beale Street Could Talk – Limited
Martyr – Limited
The Quake – Limited/VOD
ROMA – NetflixROMA – Netflix
The Second Time Around – Limited
That Way Madness Lies… – Limited
Unknown Distance – Los Angeles
The Wedding – New York City
Woven – Limited

DECEMBER 17, 2018

Bleed Out – HBO
Santa Claus – VOD
They Shall Not Grow Old – Fathom Events

DECEMBER 18, 2018

Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers – VOD
Christmas Blood – VOD

DECEMBER 19, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns

DECEMBER 20, 2018

Give a Girl a Fish – iTunes

DECEMBER 21, 2018

Aquaman
Bumblebee
Second Act
Welcome to Marwen

Unknown Distance – Expands to New York City
American Renegades – Limited/VOD
Bad Seeds – Netflix
Bird Box – Netflix
Body Keepers – Limited
Cold War – Limited
Delaware Shore – New York City
Fourth Quarter – Limited
KGF Chapter 1 – Limited
The Last Resort – Limited
Struggle: The Lost Art of Szukalski – Netflix
Swing Kids – Limited
Zero – Limited

DECEMBER 25, 2018

Holmes and Watson
Vice

Aurora – Limited
Destroyer – Limited
On the Basis of Sex – Limited

DECEMBER 26, 2018

Apollo’s Daring Mission – PBS

DECEMBER 27, 2018

They Shall Not Grow Old – Fathom Events Encore
Kill Mobile – Limited
Take Point – Limited

DECEMBER 28, 2018

Delaware Shore – Expands to Los Angeles
A 12-Year Night – Netflix
The Krampus Carol – Limited/VOD
Simmba – Limited
Stan & Ollie – Limited
When Angels Sing – Netflix

DECEMBER 29, 2018

Letters for Annie: Memories of World War II – Vimeo