Gift Yourself the Opportunity to Slow Down and Relax with these December 2023 Movie Releases

Wonka, Migration and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are a few of the many movie options releasing in theaters in December 2023 - SahmReviews.com

The holidays can be overwhelming. Pretty much starting in November and running through to the new year, it’s like a sprint, barely garnering enough time to catch your breath. We’ve been working feverishly to complete multiple gift guides and holiday giveaways but managed to fit some of the movies from November into our schedule and plan to do the same for December. This list is extensive because studios know families set aside time to visit the theaters together during the holiday break.

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Silent Night

Release Date: December 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Scott Mescudi, Harold Torres, and Catalina Sandino Moreno

From legendary director John Woo and the producer of John Wick comes this gritty revenge tale of a tormented father (Joel Kinnaman) who witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang’s crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son’s death. Full of Woo’s signature style, Silent Night redefines the action genre with visceral, thrill-a-minute storytelling.

Eileen

Release Date: December 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham

Based on the book of the same name by bestselling author, Ottessa Moshfegh. Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen (Thomasin McKenzie) becomes enchanted by Rebecca (Anne Hathaway), the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret — throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.

The Shift

Release Date: December 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: SciFi
Cast: Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Elizabeth Tabish, Paras Patel, Jordan Walker Ross

In The Shift, a modern-day retelling of the biblical story of Job, Kevin Garner (Kristoffer Polaha) travels across worlds and dimensions to reunite with Molly (Elizabeth Tabish), the love of his life. A mysterious adversary known as The Benefactor (Neal McDonough) upends Kevin’s world as he tries to escape an alternate dystopian reality.

The Bikeriders

Release Date: December 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Cast: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Boyd Holbrook, with Norman Reedus

Inspired by Danny Lyon’s iconic book of photography, “The Bikeriders” immerses you in the look, feel, and sounds of the bare-knuckled, grease-covered subculture of ’60s motorcycle riders. Kathy (Comer), a strong-willed member of the Vandals who’s married to a wild, reckless bikerider named Benny (Butler), recounts the Vandals’ evolution over the course of a decade, beginning as a local club of outsiders united by good times, rumbling bikes, and respect for their strong, steady leader Johnny (Hardy). Over the years, Kathy tries her best to navigate her husband’s untamed nature and his allegiance to Johnny, with whom she feels she must compete for Benny’s attention. As life in the Vandals gets more dangerous, and the club threatens to become a more sinister gang, Kathy, Benny and Johnny are forced to make choices about their loyalty to the club and to each other.

Teddy’s Christmas

Release Date: December 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Family
Cast: Zachary Levi, Marte Klerck-Nilssen, Jan Gunnar Røise, Nader Khademi, Mariann Hole

While visiting a Christmas market in her Norwegian town, eight-year-old Mariann suddenly sees an unbelievable sight: on the top shelf of a carnival game booth, the most adorable stuffed teddy bear has just moved his head and sneezed. Feeling an instant connection with the living stuffed-animal, Mariann can’t think of any better Christmas wish than to win him as a prize. But when someone else wins Teddy, it’s up to him and his new hedgehog friend, Bolla, to reconnect with Mariann and discover the true importance of family and friendship.

Poor Things

Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama
Cast: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbot, Suzy Bemba, Jerrod Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, Vicki Pepperdine, Margaret Qualley, Hanna Schygulla

A young woman, Bella, is brought back to life by scientist and her guardian Dr. Godwin Baxter. Initially naïve, Bella is eager to learn about the world around her, albeit under Baxter’s protection. Wanting to see more, she runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, and travels across continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella demands equality and liberation.

The Oath

Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama
Cast: Billy Zane, Karina Lombard, and Eugene Brave Rock

400 A.D., in a forgotten time of Ancient America, a lone Hebraic fugitive must preserve the history of his fallen nation while being hunted by a ruthless tyrant. But rescuing the King’s abused mistress could awaken a warrior’s past.

The Cello

Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Samer Ismail, Tobin Bell

Like many musicians, accomplished Saudi cellist Nasser (Samer Ismail) has aspirations for greatness, though he feels like he’s held back by the old, dilapidated instrument he’s forced to play. When Nasser is offered the chance to take possession of a gorgeous red cello by a mysterious shop owner (Tobin Bell), he finds new inspiration both for his playing and for his composing. What Nasser doesn’t realize is that this cello has a nefarious past. As he prepares for an important audition with a prominent philharmonic, that past shows itself in the form of an ancient conductor (Jeremy Irons) and the suffering and death of those close to him. Nasser must now decide if achieving his dreams is worth the horror that comes with playing such a perfect instrument.

Waitress the Musical

Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Cast: Sara Bareilles, Charity Angél Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Joe Tippett, Christopher Fitzgerald

Waitress: The Musical brings the Tony-nominated, Broadway phenomenon to the big screen. Featuring composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles as Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose and the beauty of a well-baked pie.

Wonka

Release Date: December 15, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Prequel, Family, Adventure
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant, Natasha Rothwel, Rich Fulcher, Rakhee Thakrar, Tom Davis and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

American Fiction

Release Date: December 15, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Jeffery Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, with Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown

AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

The Zone of Interest

Release Date: December 15, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Release Date: December 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Superhero, Sequel
Cast: Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren and Randall Park

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

Anyone But You

Release Date: December 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, Alexandra Shipp, GaTa, Hadley Robinson, Michelle Hurd, Dermot Mulroney, Darren Barnet, Bryan Brown, and Rachel Griffiths

In the edgy comedy Anyone But You, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold – until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

All of Us Strangers

Release Date: December 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Cast: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Jamie Bell, Claire Foy

One night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.

Migration

Release Date: December 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell, Carol Kane, Caspar Jennings, Tresi Gazal and Danny DeVito

The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica.

The Iron Claw

Release Date: December 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Biography, Sports
Cast: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Stanley Simons, Holt McCallany, and Lily James

The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.

The Color Purple

Release Date: December 25, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Reboot, Drama, Musical
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino

Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond in a bold new take on the beloved classic, “The Color Purple.”

The Boys in the Boat

Release Date: December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner

The Boys in the Boat is a sports drama based on the #1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown. The film, directed by George Clooney, is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This inspirational true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world.

Ferrari

Release Date: December 25, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical Drama, Biography
Cast: Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Patrick Dempsey, Jack O’Connell, Shailene Woodley

Ferrari is set during the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle and danger of 1950’s Formula 1, ex-racer, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for their one son. Ferrari struggles with the acknowledgement of another. His drivers’ lust to win pushes them out to the edge. He wagers all in a roll of the dice on one race, the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia.

If you find the timeline is overwhelming, take an evening to escape the chaos and enjoy a movie. Doesn’t matter if you go alone or find family or friends to join you, make sure you leave room to treat yourself to some entertainment on the big screen.

Which movies are you excited to see this month?

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