- Christmas Day is a popular time to go see movies, and there are five new releases this year.
- “If Beale Street Could Talk” is getting critical acclaim.
- There are standout performances in “Vice,” “On the Basis of Sex,” and “Destroyer.”
- “Holmes & Watson” could go either way.
While Christmas Day for some is about unwrapping presents, it’s also a popular time to go to theatres with family and friends.
This year, there are five new movies coming out on Christmas Day, all of which are heavily anticipated, from “Vice” to “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
If you or your family are looking for something to go see, check out what’s new and what critics are saying before heading to theatres.
1. Everyone should see the movie adaptation of “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
What it’s about: Directed by “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, the movie is based on the novel by James Baldwin. It follows Tish Rivers who tries to prove her fiancé Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt is innocent of a crime while she’s pregnant with their first child in Harlem. Jenkins’ film flits back and forth between Fonny’s present-day incarceration and how the pair fell in love.
The movie is based on the book by James Baldwin and set in the early 1970s.
Who’s in it: KiKi Layne (Tish Rivers), Stephan James (Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt), Regina King (Sharon Rivers)
What critics are saying: With a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics appear to be loving “If Beale Street Could Talk.” People are saying not only does the movie look gorgeous, but it also does a great job of adapting the 1974 James Baldwin literary classic.
“Even at its most grim and precarious, an indestructible core anchors ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ lending it gravitas and hard-won hope,” writes Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post.
2. If you’re a Ruth Bader Ginsburg superfan, see “On the Basis of Sex.”
What it’s about: Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this movie about Ginsburg’s life on the way to becoming a US Supreme Court Justice. It specifically focuses on her groundbreaking case on gender discrimination that she argued as a young lawyer.
Who’s in it: Felicity Jones (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Armie Hammer (Martin Ginsburg), Justin Theroux (Mel Wulf), Sam Waterston (Erwin Griswold), Kathy Bates (Dorothy Kenyon)
What critics are saying: While many might know how the movie will end because of its real-life subject matter,early reviews say the performances are stellar and that it’s an enjoyable movie even if it’s a bit conventional.
“The final sequence is like ‘Rocky Goes to Court’ […] but that’s not a bad way to frame this story,” writes David Edelstein at Vulture.
3. Nicole Kidman gives a knockout performance in “Destroyer.”
What it’s about: Police detective Erin Bell reconnects with gang members from a past undercover assignment in order to take down the gang’s leader, who has re-emerged on the scene.
Who’s in it: Nicole Kidman (Erin Bell)
What critics are saying: You will barely recognise Nicole Kidman as the embattled detective and star of this movie. Many are saying this is one of her best performances in years, even if the plot gets a little confusing.
“While ‘Destroyer’ can be overwrought and mechanical, it’s an often gripping, well-crafted crime drama with distinction of its own in the genre, an almost always male-dominated one,” writes Jake Coyle for the Associated Press.
4. There’s no telling how good (or bad) “Holmes & Watson” will be.
What it’s about: A comedy based on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must solve a murder at Buckingham Palace or else Queen Victoria will die.
Who’s in it: Will Ferrell (Sherlock Holmes), John C. Reilly (John Watson), Ralph Fiennes (Professor James Moriarty)
What critics are saying: No early reviews are available as of yet. Time will tell of Ferrell has another “Anchorman” success on his hands or if it will be a flop like “Daddy’s Home.”
5. The performances in “Vice” are staggering, but the plot leaves something to be desired.
What it’s about: The movie is based on the story of how Dick Cheney became Vice President to George W. Bush and how he was given unprecedented power and control.
Who’s in it: Christian Bale (Dick Cheney) Amy Adams (Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell (Donald Rumsfeld) Sam Rockwell (George W. Bush)
What critics are saying: If you’ve watched the trailer, you know how eerily these top stars transform into their Washington, DC, characters. Unfortunately, some critics believe the movie misses its mark narratively.
“Though the erratic nature of the film will test each viewer’s mileage, it is the outstanding performances of Christian Bale and Amy Adams as the Cheneys that are more than worth the price of admission,” writes Courtney Small of Cinema Axis.
BONUS: If you’re looking for movies for the whole family, “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” are two PG-rated films that are getting great reviews. They’re both in theatres now.
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