Finally! The last of the Oscar contenders are getting released, but between holiday shopping and preparing for visiting family, it may be tough to fit in all 12 of these films. We encourage you to take a break from holiday hell and head to the cinema to enjoy at least one of these great movies. You’ll be glad you did.
This year, there is surprising talk of the enigmatic and quirky James Franco getting nominated for Best Actor for playing Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist and Allison Janney getting the nom for Best Supporting Actress for playing Tonya Harding’s evil mom in I, Tonya. Though Pitch Perfect 3 may not win a ton of awards, we have to admit it’s at the top of our list — after the new Star Wars movie, of course.
Take a look at the best films coming to theaters this month.
The Disaster Artist
The 2003 movie The Room is known as the Citizen Kane of bad movies for its sheer ridiculous storytelling and over-the-top acting. James Franco decided he would play the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, the writer, director and star of The Room, in a movie that explores the making of the worst movie of all time.
The Shape of Water
This adult fairy tale, directed by monster master Guillermo del Toro, explores “otherness” by having a mute woman fall in love with a sexy sea creature. It sounds strange, but it is one of the most beautiful films ever made about people who are marginalized by society.
This biopic is down and dirty, telling the story of ignominious figure skater Tonya Harding (Margo Robbie) and the violent yet daft takedown of her rival, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), just before the 1994 Olympic games. But it’s Allison Janney, playing LaVona Golden, Tonya’s alcoholic and abusive mother, who steals the show for her sheer brutality.
When gentle giant Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
After entering the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Both Carrie Fisher and her daughter, Billie Lourd, make appearances in the film. We miss you, Carrie!
John Travolta stars as the infamous mafia boss in this father-and-son story exploring violence, betrayal and possibly redemption.
The Greatest Showman
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Any child of the ’80s has fond memories of the 1985 film Jumanji, starring the late Robin Williams. This time around, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart bring the adventure to four unsuspecting teens.
Pitch Perfect 3
The Pitches are back! After winning the world a cappella championship, the gals have split up and started their independent lives. They decide to reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour but face a group that uses both instruments and voices.
After learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) hit the road in order to find him.
All the Money in the World
Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story about the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather, John Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), to pay the ransom. Ridley Scott directs.
Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker whose busy life is disrupted by a strong-willed young woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who becomes his muse and lover. This is said to be Day-Lewis’ last film before retiring from show business.