We’re entering the final stretch of 2017 and that means one thing in Hollywood: time for the annual year-end onslaught of December releases.
Studios are gearing up to drop an avalanche of movie trailers before the holidays hit, and this week’s crop includes some intriguing specimens.
First and foremost is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is nearly guaranteed to be the season’s biggest hit. I, Tonya is also gearing up for a solid stint at the box office, thanks to a stellar performance from Margot Robbie and a story being called “the Goodfellas of figure skating.” And for cult film fans, The Disaster Artist is next month’s can’t-miss flick.
Get acquainted with December’s power trio – and more – below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey joins Luke Skywalker in an adventure with Leia, Finn, and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. At the helm is writer and director Rian Johnson, with Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman as producers and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski as executive producers.
When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsised community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
Professor Phillip Goodman, a psychologist and skeptic, has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings, and embarks on a terror-filled mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.
For decades, motel owner Gerald Foos secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s attic. He kept detailed journals of his guests’ most private moments — from the mundane to the shocking — but most of all he sought out, spied on, and documented one thing: strangers having sex. Journalist Gay Talese’s insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions: What does a journalist owe to his subjects? How can a reporter trust a source who has made a career of deception? Who is really the voyeur?
Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, I, Tonya is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked – and checkered – glory.
A Prayer Before Dawn
A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realises this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.
Maynard (Michael Shannon), a beloved local businessman, is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau – an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable – into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend — and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.