December Movie Previews

By Angelo Drago

Staff Writer

Incarnate (Dec. 2)

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable, John Pirruccello, Mark Henry

Director: Brad Peyton

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Distributor: High Top Releasing

Description: An exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) looks into the unconscious mind of a boy (David Mazouz) who is possessed by a demon.

Nocturnal Animals (expands wide) (Dec. 9)

Rating: R

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Ellie Bamber, Laura Linney

Director: Tom Ford

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Distributor: Focus Features

Description: A successful Los Angeles art dealer’s (Amy Adams) life is marred by the constant traveling of her second husband. She receives a manuscript given by her first husband who she had not seen in years. As she reads the manuscript, it forces her to examine her past and learn some harsh truths.

Collateral Beauty (Dec. 16)

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren

Director: David Frankel

Genre: Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Description: When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try to reconnect with him, he writes letters to love, time, and death. However, when he receives unexpected responses to these letters, he learns how these three constants connect to a fully lived life, and that the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16)

Rating: Not Yet Rated

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker

Director: Gareth Edwards

Genre: Fantasy, Science fiction, Action, Adventure

Distributor: Walt Disney

Description: In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

Assassin’s Creed (Dec. 21)

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams, Ariane Labed, Callum Turner

Director: Justin Kurzel

Genre: Action, Adventure

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Description: Through revolutionary technology which unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain. He discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and gains the skills and knowledge needed to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Based on the popular video game series by Ubisoft.

Passengers (Dec. 21)

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Aurora Perrineau

Director: Morten Tyldum

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Description: On a journey through space to a new home, two passengers (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt), are awakened from their suspended animation 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. The two passengers begin falling for each other while on the ship with every luxury they can ask for. But when the ship is in danger, it’s up to them to save all 5,000 sleeping passengers.

Fences (Dec. 25)

Rating: Not yet rated

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Toussaint Raphael Abessolo

Director: Denzel Washington

Genre: Drama

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Description: A former professional baseball player (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family after denying his teenage son his dream of playing college football and he comes home with the baby he had in an affair.