Hollywood pulls out the stops for holiday movies | Jobi Cool

Major entries mark Hollywood’s holiday preview, highlighted by year-end awards contenders as the nation looks to reach a post-pandemic normalcy. (Release date is subject to change.)

November 18

“She Said” – Two New York Times journalists (Joe Kazan, Carey Mulligan) race to expose Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.

“The Menu” – A blackly comic horror entry starring Ralph Fiennes as an eccentric chef.

“The Inspection” – The true story of a gay man (Jeremy Pope) who enlists in the Marines to win over his homophobic mother (Gabrielle Union).

November 23

“Strange World” – Disney’s 61st animated feature, a sci-fi action adventure with the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.

“The Fabelmans” – Steven Spielberg’s fictional autobiography of youth centered on the film. It won the Toronto Film Festival’s Audience Award, often a powerful indicator of Oscar best picture.

“Devotion” – The Navy’s first black aviator flew in war-torn ’50s Korea.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” – Daniel Craig returns as detective Benoit Blanc in another Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.

“Bones and All” – Cannibal Timothée Chalamet roams America in search of love.

“All Beauty and Bloodshed” – Laura Poitras’s eye-opening doc charts how photographer-turned-activist Nan Goldin took down the Sacklers. Won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

“White Noise” – (Opens Nov. 25) From Don DeLillo’s postmodern novel, Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are a couple disaffected from ’80s America.

“The Son” Hug – (Opens Nov. 25) Jackman goes for his second Best Actor Oscar nomination in this semi-sequel to Florian Zeller’s Oscar-winning “The Father.” Here, Anthony Hopkins reprises that father’s reaction as his son Jackman struggles with his own teenage son.

December 2

“Women Talking” – Writer-director Sarah Polley explores the religious cult debate allowing women to escape the physical and sexual abuse of their men. Frances McDormand produces and co-stars.

“Emancipation” – Will Smith as a key historical figure in ending slavery.

December 9

“Empire of Light” – Olivia Colman has problems working in the 1980s in a classic piece of British cinema.

“The Whale” – Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed turn as a fat outlaw makes this a must-see.

December 16

“Avatar: The Way of Water” – James Cameron’s first sequel to the 2007 blockbuster, has more on the way.

December 21-23

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – A Whitney Houston biopic produced by her mentor (and played by Stanley Tucci).

“Corsage” – Vicky Krieps is Elisabeth, the unhappy 19th-century empress of Austria.

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