December in film: My recommendations

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The last month of 2021 is somehow upon us (when did this happen?!) and so it’s time to have a look at the main movies we can look forward to this December.

The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion‘s latest won praise at the Venice Film Festival so I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. Benedict Cumberbatch plays against his usual type as Phil Burbank, an oppressive rancher who sets out to make his brother’s new wife, played by Kirsten Dunst, a living hell. On Netflix 1st December.

West Side Story

Steven Spielberg‘s movie adaptation of the classic stage musical finally comes to the big screen with Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort as Maria and Tony, star-crossed lovers from two rival gangs in New York. The original 1961 film is a classic so it’ll be interesting to see how Spielberg makes it his own. In cinemas from 10th December.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Superhero nerds can finally find out what rumours are true and who is actually in this movie along with Tom Holland, Zendaya and the usual suspects. Will he be joined by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield?! What other villains are in the mix?! There’s only one way to find out and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT. In cinemas 17th December.

The Matrix Resurrections

After an 18-year wait, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back as Neo and Trinity for the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise. Set 20 years after the previous film, Neo seems to be living a normal life as Thomas Anderson and takes blue pills, but all that changes when Morpheus (now Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) offers him a red pill and once again opens his mind to the Matrix. I’m not as hyped about this as some people but I’m intrigued about the story. In cinemas 22nd December.

Don’t Look Up

Adam McKay has assembled a ridiculously star-studded cast for his next satirical comedy. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence star as two astronomers who have to go on a press tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy Earth. They are joined by the likes of Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi and so many more. In cinemas from 10th December and Netflix from 24th December.

Being the Ricardos

Nicole Kidman has been winning praise for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin‘s next movie. The drama, also starring Javier Bardem as Ball’s husband Desi Arnaz, follows a production week on their TV show I Love Lucy, from the table read through to the live taping. I’m really keen to see her performance in this. In cinemas from 10th December and on Amazon Prime Video from 21st December.

The Lost Daughter

Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s directorial debut stars Olivia Colman as a professor on holiday in Greece who becomes obsessed with a young mother and her daughter and this obsession brings back memories from her past. Colman gives a spectacular awards-worthy performance and is supported by the likes of Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Paul Mescal. On Netflix from 31st December and in cinemas 7th January.

Titane

Julia Ducournau‘s Palme d’Or-winning film finally comes to cinemas! The body horror film follows Alexia (Agatha Rousselle), who has a titanium plate in her head. I’m not going to say anything else because everything is a spoiler. But trust me when I see this is a wild and very unexpected movie. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! In cinemas 26th December.

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CREDIT: JOHAN PERSSON

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