Pick of the Litter – December 2019


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

(Disney) Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega.  The saga of Star Wars comes to a final conclusion after 42 years following 12 movies along with untold animated episodes, television specials, novels and comic books. Director J.J. Abrams returns to the big chair to bring this all to a conclusion but fear not fans: a new trilogy will begin on December 16, 2022! December 20

OTHER WIDE RELEASES TO WATCH FOR:

Jumanji: The Next Level, December 13
Richard Jewell, December 13
Bombshell, December 20
Cats, December 20
1917, December 25
Little Women, December 25
Spies in Disguise, December 25

INDEPENDENT PICKS

A Million Little Pieces

(Momentum) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young, Giovanni Ribisi. A young writer, having hit rock bottom with his alcohol and drug addictions, checks into rehab. Based on the memoirs of James Frey (which he later admitted were largely fictitious), this is the account of a man who resigned to death, found hope instead. December 6

The Aeronauts

(Amazon) Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Phoebe Fox. An intrepid balloonist and a pioneer meteorologist ascend in a hot-air balloon to do weather research, but the ascent turns into a fight for survivor as they climb to the upper reaches of the atmosphere. December 6

In Fabric

(A24) Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill. Who would have thought that the scariest movie of 2019 might just be this English film about a cursed dress? Check the trailer out…but not while you’re alone at night. December 6

Marriage Story

(Netflix) Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda.  After a brief theatrical run, this Noah Baumbach film hits the streaming giant. Already creating a good deal of Oscar buzz, this movie chronicles the end of a marriage and the beginning of life. December 6

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

(NEON) Noémie Merlant, Adéle Haenel, Luána Bajrami, Valeria Golino. A young female painter gets a commission to paint the portrait of a prospective bride on a remote island in Brittany. The girl is terrified of her potential marriage and doesn’t want the painting to be completed, so the painter must work in secret, posing as a companion, a companionship that soon becomes genuine…and romantic. December 6

A Hidden Life

(Fox Searchlight) August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts. The story of Franz Jägerstatter, an Austrian who refused to fight for the Nazis during the Second World War – and what his refusal cost him. December 13

Rabid

(SHOUT!) Laura Vandervoort, Ted Atherton, Mackenzie Gray, Stephen McHattie. A young woman, horribly disfigured in a terrible accident, undergoes a radical untested stem cell treatment. As it turns out, the treatment seems to have been successful but there are unforeseen side effects. December 13

Seberg

(Amazon) Kristen Stewart, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Anthony Mackie. Actress Jean Seberg became a star of the French New Wave. Her support for civil rights activism brought the wrath of J. Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I. upon her and they set out to destroy her career and life. December 13

The Two Popes

The Two Popes

(Netflix) Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujin, Sidney Cole. Pope Benedict, a staunch conservative, is the leader of a Catholic church in crisis. He soon develops a relationship with the cardinal who would one day become Pope Francis, one who has sought to reform the Church. This is the latest from acclaimed director Fernando Meirelles, Oscar-nominated for City of God. December 20

The Song of Names

(Sony Classics) Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Jonah Hauer-King, Catherine McCormack. A Polish boy of Jewish faith is adopted by an English family and becomes an amazing violin player. On the eve of his international concert debut, he disappears. His adopted brother spends the rest of his life trying to find him. December 25

 

December 2019


Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

DECEMBER 1, 2019

After She Wakes – VOD
The Three Bears and the Perfect Gift – VOD

DECEMBER 2, 2019

Rogue Warfare: The Hunt – Limited/VOD

DECEMBER 3, 2019

A Rebel born – VOD
Automation – VOD/Limited
The Boy, the Dog and the Clown – VOD
Elfland – VOD
Iced – VOD
Santa Saves the Universe – VOD
Santa’s Partyland – VOD
The Shasta Triangle – Limited
Space Babies – VOD

DECEMBER 3, 2019

Empty Metal – Limited

DECEMBER 6, 2019

Playmobil: The Movie
Dark Waters – Expands Wide
Marriage Story – Expands to Netflix
2 Fingers Honey – Limited
A Million Little Pieces – Limited
A New Christmas – Limited
The Aeronauts – Limited
After Class – Limited
Beyond the Law – Limited
Broken Dreams – Los Angeles
Daniel Isn’t Real – Limited
The Disappearance of My Mother – New York City
En Brazos de un Asesino – Limited
Grand Isle – Limited
Hold On – Limited
I See You – Limited
In Fabric – Limited
The Islands – Limited
Knives and Skin – Limited
Little Joe – Limited
Little Q – Limited
The Mandela Effect – Limited
Midnight Family – New York City
Most Likely to Succeed – Limited
Panipat – Limited
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Exclusive Screenings
Pup School: Christmas Time – VOD
The Ride – Limited
The Wolf Hour – Limited

DECEMBER 10, 2019

A.I. Tales – VOD
The Final Level: Escape from Rancala – VOD
Hard Night Falling – VOD
Horseplay: On the Farm – VOD
The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows – VOD

DECEMBER 13, 2019

Black Christmas
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell

Midnight Family – Expands to Los Angeles
6 Underground – Netflix
A Hidden Life – Limited
After She Wakes – Limited
Blade The Iron Cross – VOD
Code 8 – Limited/VOD
Colewell – Limited
Cunningham – Limited
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan – Limited
Ernesto’s Manifesto – Limited
First Love – Limited
The Great War – Limited
Hell on the Border – Limited
Kitty Party – Limited
Line of Descent – Limited
Mardaani 2 – Limited
Mob Town – Limited
Rabid – Limited
Santa in Training – Paramount Network
Seberg – Limited
Spiral Farm – Limited
Uncut Gems – Limited

DECEMBER 14, 2019

Matchmaker Christmas – Lifetime
Most Likely to Murder – Lifetime Movie Network

DECEMBER 17, 2019

And Two if By Sea – VOD

DECEMBER 19, 2019

Adventure Force 5 – Vudu

DECEMBER 20, 2019

Bombshell
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Aeronauts – Expands to Amazon
Broken Dreams – Expands to New York City
The Two Popes – Expands to Netflix
Dabangg 3 – Limited
The Europeans – Limited
Invisible Life – Limited
Only Cloud Knows – Limited

DECEMBER 22, 2019

The Naughty List – Lifetime

DECEMBER 24, 2019

Dark Matter – VOD

DECEMBER 25, 2019

Little Women
Spies in Disguise

Uncut Gems – Expands to Wide Release
1917 – Limited
Chichinette: The Accidental Spy – Limited
Just Mercy – Limited
The Song of Names – Limited
Togo – Disney+

DECEMBER 27, 2019

Apparition – Limited
Clemency – Limited
Good Newwz – Limited
Ice Princess Lily – Limited

DECEMBER 30, 2019

Stoners – Amazon