Are you tired of the overload of Christmas movies on television? If so, there are other choices coming this month over a wide range of platforms and in theaters.

Some of the major national releases on Christmas Day include Tom Hanks’ latest, “News of the World,” and the Gal Gadot superhero renewal of “Wonder Woman 1984.” Some of the pre-Christmas streaming headliners include three movies based from plays or musicals: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “The Prom” and “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

A majority of the new releases will be available for viewing Friday. The following is a list of upcoming movies by release date. Plot information compiled from various sources:


“Wild Mountain Thyme”

Genre (Rating): Drama (PG-13)

Where: VOD/Digital & Limited Theatrical Release

The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale. Based on the Broadway hit “Outside Mullingar.”

“The Prom”

Genre (Rating): Musical (PG-13)

Where: Netflix

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom. Features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key and Nicole Kidman.

“The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee”

Genre (Rating): Comedy (PG-13)

Where: AppleTV+

Paul Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted. Also stars Mel Gibson, Chevy Chase and John Cleese.


Genre (Rating): Drama (PG)

Where: Disney+

“Safety” is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).


Genre: Documentary

Where: PremiumVOD, Limited Theatrical Release

An account of the two women convicted of assassinating Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam. The film follows the women’s trials in an attempt to understand whether they are trained killers or simply pawns.

“Wander Darkly”

Genre (Rating): Drama (R)

Where: Apple TV+

New parents Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) are forced to reckon with trauma amidst their troubled relationship. They must revisit the memories of their past and unravel haunting truths in order to face their uncertain future.

“I’m Your Woman”

Genre (Rating): Drama (R)

Where: PrimeVideo

In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey. Stars Rachel Brosnahan and Marsha Stephanie Blake.


Genre (Rating): Family, Animation (G)

Where: Netflix

Tells the story of a Grandfather who, after suffering a devastating loss, is sent into a downward spiral and loses his inspiration to create. Years later, he decides to revisit the easel, and pick up the paint brush… but he can’t do it alone.

“Guiding Voice”

Genre (Rating): Documentary (PG-13)

Where: Netflix

Six ambitious student actors audition for the prestigious August Wilson Monologue Competition, culminating in a riveting final round on Broadway. Cast includes Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.


Genre: Action

Where: VOD/Digital

A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a ‘multiverse.’ They soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. Stars Ami Ameen, Martin Wallstrom and Kathleen Quinlan.


Genre: Adventure

Where: VOD/Digital

Police discover an elite fight club where they find seven underground levels, filled with the dead bodies of fighters from around the world. Only one man is found left alive. The task force has to work out if he’s a mass murderer or the lone survivor? Stars Moe Dunford, Kate Dickie and Camille Rowe.


Genre (Rating): Drama (G)

Where: VOD/Digital, Limited Theater Release

Documentary looks at the daily life of a pig and its farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken. Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix.

“The Never List”

Genre (Rating): Romance (R)

Where: Limited Theatrical Release

After the sudden death of her best friend, a straight-A, obedient teen sets out to fulfill their secret list of outrageous acts they said they’d never do. Stars Fivel Stewart and Brenna D’Amico.

“The Stand In”

Genre (Rating): Comedy (R)

Where: Limited Theatrical Release

When ordered to serve a year in rehab, actress Candy (Drew Barrymore) hires her on-set stand-in to take her place. The unassuming woman flips the script and steals her identity, career and boyfriend in this hilarious comedy about trading places.

DEC. 15

“Breaking Surface”

Genre: Drama

Where: VOD/Digital

A winter diving trip in Norway turns into a desperate race against time for two sisters when one of them becomes trapped at the bottom of the ocean by falling rocks.

DEC. 18


Genre (Rating): Thriller (R)

Where: Nationwide Theatrical Release

After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled in a cunning police detective’s latest investigation. Stars Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy.


Genre (Rating): Disaster (PG-13)

Where: PremiumVOD

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Genre (Rating): Musical (R)

Where: Netflix

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), the Mother of the Blues, and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson’s play. Also stars Chadwick Boseman in his last film role and Glynn Turman.

“Sister of the Groom”

Genre (Rating): Comedy (R)

Where: VOD/Digital

Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) and Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do) star in a destination wedding weekend gone off the rails. Audrey (Silverstone) struggles with turning 40 while meeting her new seemingly perfect sister-in-law. Audrey and her loyal husband (Scott) throw the weekend into a tailspin of embarrassing series of mishaps.

“The Comeback Trail”

Genre (Rating): Action (R)

Where: Limited Theatrical Release

Set in the 1970s, a man in debt to a mob boss attempts insurance fraud by planning a western film starring a washed-up, suicidal cowboy. Stars Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones.

“The Father”

Genre (Rating): Drama (PG-13)

Where: Limited Theatrical Release

Anthony Hopkins plays a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and the fabric of his reality.

DEC. 23

“The Midnight Sky”

Genre (Rating): Drama (PG-13)

Where: Netflix

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to Earth, where a mysterious global catastrophe has taken place.

DEC. 25

“News of the World”

Genre (Rating): Period Drama (PG-13)

Where: NationwideTheatrical Release

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn — both human and natural.

“Wonder Woman 1984”

Genre (Rating): Action (PG-13)

Where: Nationwide Theatrical Release

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. Gadot returns as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Also stars Kristen Wiig, Gabriella Wilde and Pedro Pascal.


Genre: Adventure

Where: Nationwide Theatrical Release

Live-action adaptation of the classic story of a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who comes to life. Roberto Benigni plays Mister Geppetto.

“Promising Young Woman”

Genre (Rating): Thriller (R)

Where: Nationwide Theatrical Release

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path. Stars Carey Mulligan, Connie Britton and Alison Brie.

“One Night in Miami”

Genre (Rating): Drama (R)

Where: PrimeVideo

On Feb. 25, 1964, Cassius Clay becomes the world heavyweight boxing champion. Against all odds, he’s defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the world of boxing. Because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws, spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his friends: Activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football star Jim Brown. Adapted from the Kemp Powers play.

“Sylvie’s Love”

Genre (Rating): Romance (PG-13)

Where: PrimeVideo

A woman working at her father’s record store in Harlem in the late 1950s meets an aspiring saxophone player. Stars Tessa Thompson, Nnadmi Asomugha and Eva Longoria.


Genre (Rating): Family/Animation (PG)

Where: Disney+

Soul introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. Just when Joe thinks his dream might be in reach, a single unexpected step sends him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul. Features the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.

“The Truffle Hunters”

Genre (Rating): Documentary (PG-13)

Where: Limited Theatrical Release

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, 70 or 80 years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle, which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.

DEC. 30

“Monster Hunter”

Genre (Rating): Family (PG-13)

Where: Nationwide Theatrical Release

When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom. Stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa and T.I.

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