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Ten new movie releases you need to know about this month

December's biggest, best and trending films

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here it is, the first in Disney’s series of Star Wars spin-off movies. ‘Rogue One’ is a direct prequel, set just before the 1977 original, following a group of daring rebels as they plot to steal blueprints to the Death Star. British indie actress Felicity Jones (‘The Theory of Everything’) plays Jyn Erso, the renegade squad’s leader. Out on December 15

2
Passengers

Passengers

Can Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt pull off the chemistry required to carry this stranded-in-space romance? The duo play travellers on a spaceship transporting 5,000 people to a distant colony planet deep in space. Trouble is, they've woken up from their sleeping pods 90 years too early. Out on December 21

3
Moana

Moana

The evolution of the Disney princess from drippy ’n’ pretty to badass continues. ‘Moana’ is the animated story of a Polynesian teenager who takes to the high seas to save her island from destruction – with a lunk-headed mansplaining demi-God and idiotic chicken tow. Out on December 2.

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Sully

Sully

Tom Hanks is at his Tom Hank-y-est playing Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger the pilot whose perfectly executed landing in the Hudson river in New York saved the lives of 155 passengers in 2009. On no account watch if you’re scared of flying – the crashing sequences are the scariest. Out on December 2

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The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress

‘Star Wars’ actress Daisy Ridley was so impressed with this documentary about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl determined to follow in her father’s footsteps by training as eagle hunter, that she signed up to executive produce it. Out on December 16

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Life, Animated

Life, Animated

This funny and moving doc is the story of how Disney movies helped an autistic boy to connect with the world. Owen Suskin – now in his early twenties – hadn’t talked in years when his dad starting communicating with him using puppets from his beloved Disney cartoons. Bring tissues. Out on December 9

7
Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

The king of in-your-face American indie cinema, Spike Lee, is back with a bang. His new film is an angry and funny musical that updates the ancient Greek play 'Lysistrata' – in which women refuse to have sex with their husbands until they stop warring – to the gangs of Chicago. Out on December 2

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Half-Way

Half-Way

Daisy-May Hudson was writing her dissertation at Manchester uni when her mum called from Epping to say that their landlord was selling off the house the family had rented for 13 years. Hudson picked up a camera and filmed their year of homelessness. Out on December 

9
Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

David Lynch’s bizarre beauty is back on the big screen. Kyle MacLachlan is the college kid who discovers a severed ear in a garden in small-town America, with Dennis Hopper playing a sadistic nitrous-oxide huffing psychopath called Frank. Out on December 2

10
Krisha

Krisha

Blink and you’ll miss this American indie drama. It’s barely showing in cinemas, but make a note and catch it on VOD. First time director Trey Edward Shults filmed in parents’ house, castsing his aunt as car-crash sixtysomething Krisha, who's back home for Thanksgiving for the first time in years. Out on December 9

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hd m
hd m

i really liked sultan movie

NWG
NWG

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this movie, and I was extremely glad I did. After watching the previews I felt as though a lot of the movie was given away, but I was blown away by the performances on screen. The movie was centered around a champion prize fighter hitting rock bottom, and slowly climbing his way back into the ring. It was an emotional journey that cannot simply be categorized as a movie about boxing, but rather, an inspiring and riveting tale of parenthood and a father's love for his daughter. The cast was excellent and everyone excelled in their roles. I wouldn't have expected to like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a role as much as I did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker had Oscar worthy performances. Everyone did a great job with their roles. The cinematography was fantastic, and the fight scenes gave some great first person shots that made you feel as though you were there in the ring fighting along side the actors. Overall, this movie is an experience that is not to be missed

Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .