December movie releases that you need to know about

‘Tis the season for back-to-back movies.

words by: Alee Kwong
Dec 1, 2021

Temperatures are dropping and seasonal depression is soaring. What better way to pass the time than endlessly watching movies? Sure, we didn’t get a lot of great movies in November but December looks extremely promising — with a month full of remakes and long-awaited additions to popular franchises.


West Side Story


Release date: December 10

Where to watch it: In theaters

A remake of the 1961 film, West Side Story follows a couple who falls in love despite the fact that they come from rival street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. Originally a 1957 Broadway production, this is a modern Romeo and Juliet tale set in the multicultural backdrop of the Upper West Side in the 1950s.


Don’t Look Up


Release date: December 10 (December 24 on Netflix)

Where to watch it: In theaters, Netflix

Director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Step Brothers, Anchorman) brings us a star-studded film about two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. The movie boasts a large cast list with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill, Chris Evans, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Perry, Kid Cudi, Tyler Perry, and Ron Perlman.


Spider-Man: No Way Home


Release date: December 17

Where to watch it: In theaters

Look, this pretty clearly is a big deal. After Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) outed Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) as Spider-Man to the entire world in Spider-Man: Far from Home, the third installment will pick up right where we left off — Peter Parker trying to figure out how to navigate his newfound identity crisis. Employing the help of Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), we see a spell gone wrong that unleashes chaos and havoc with a tear in the multiverse that brings some unexpected visitors.


Nightmare Alley


Release date: December 17

Where to watch it: In theaters

In 1940s New York, down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (played by Bradley Cooper) endears himself to a clairvoyant and her mentalist husband at a traveling carnival. Using newly acquired knowledge, Carlisle crafts a golden ticket to success by swindling the elite and wealthy. Hoping for a big score, he soon hatches a scheme to con a dangerous tycoon with help from a mysterious psychiatrist who might be his most formidable opponent yet.


The Matrix Resurrections


Release date: December 22

Where to watch it: In theaters, HBO Max

In the fourth installment of The Matrix franchise, we find Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) alive despite both characters having died at the end of 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. Now living in San Francisco, the two are left with no memory of the events of the previous films or each other. However, a younger iteration of Morpheus (now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II instead of Laurence Fishburne) will be the one to reintroduce them to the Matrix and what it entails.


The King’s Man


Release date: December 22

Where to watch it: In theaters

The this third installment of the Kingsman franchise, this film will serve as a prequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou, and Daniel Brühl, this film will show audiences the origin story behind the British secret service — with a race against time to stop history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they get together to plot a war that could wipe out millions of people and destroy humanity.


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