Ten new movies to see this month

December's biggest, best and most unmissable theatrical releases
By Time Out Film |
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1
Sorry to Bother You
Annapurna Pictures
Film, Comedy

Sorry to Bother You

Rapper-turned-director Boots Riley’s film follows a telemarketer called Cassius ‘Cash’ Green (played by Lakeith Stanfield) who discovers he can sell more to customers if he uses a ‘white voice’. It could be this year’s answer to ‘Get Out’. 

2
Eric Zachanowich
Film, Drama

The Old Man & the Gun

Robert Redford stars in the film that may or may not be his swansong. He plays 70-year-old career criminal Forrest Tucker in this charming and gentle yarn, which is based on a New Yorker article of the same name. 

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3
Film, Animation

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Taking inspiration from its hand-drawn comic book origins, this computer-animated Spider-Man film sees the arachnoid superhero traversing parallel dimensions as he teams up with alternative universe Spider-Men/Women to stop an almighty foe. 

4
Film, Science fiction

Mortal Engines

‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson acts as a producer on this, another epic adaptation of a popular fantasy book series. Here, orcs and wizards have been replaced by predatory cities on wheels that pummel everything in their paths. 

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5
Aquaman
Film, Action and adventure

Aquaman

Jason Mamoa stars as the half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman), in this DC origin story. Prepare your fish puns now. 

6
Free Solo
Jimmy Chin
Film, Documentaries

Free Solo

Vertigo sufferers beware: this edge-of-your-seat documentary about a free climber’s attempt to climb El Capitan solo is full of vertiginous camerawork that will make you never want to look down again. 

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7
La casa de Jack de Lars von Trier
Foto: Cortesía de la producción
Film, Thrillers

The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier is his usual provocative self with this lengthy movie (okay, it's part movie, part bloodbath) about a serial killer called Jack, who spends 20-odd years in the Pacific Northwest killing and ruminating on art.

8
Mary Poppins Returns
Disney
Film

Mary Poppins Returns

In the immortal words of another Mary – Ms M. J. Blige – ‘Let's get crunk ‘cause Mary’s back!’ Yep, after a 54-year absence, Mary Poppins (now played by a resplendent Emily Blunt) descends from the clouds once more to help save the Banks family from their own British stoicism. 

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9
Bumblebee
Paramount Pictures
Film, Action and adventure

Bumblebee

Big-budget special effects! ‘80s throwbacks! A secret government organisation attempting to thwart a teenage girl and her VW Beetle-cum-robot warrior! John Cena! You guessed it: it’s another film in the ‘Transformers’ series. 

10
HOLMES AND WATSON
Giles Keyte
Film, Action and adventure

Holmes and Watson

Will Ferrell and John C Reilly star as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in this comedic take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective. Elementary? Highly unlikely. 

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