December’s cinematic delights
Photo collage of the films featured in this December-release roundup. Collage by Emma Iverson.

December’s cinematic delights

December is set to host a diverse array of film genres, spanning comedy, sci-fi, drama, horror and everything in between. While the holiday season typically brings a surge in festive content, this December promises an unexpected cinematic journey. Here the Catalyst summarizes online descriptions of eight films gracing theaters this month, offering a look at the expansive cinematic landscape awaiting audiences.

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé – Music

On Dec. 1, Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé was unveiled, featuring a spectacular compilation of her chart-topping songs from live concerts. For fans who missed the original concert or were there and want to relive the experience, now’s the chance! Secure a movie ticket, prepare some popcorn and be immersed  in a captivating two hour and 50 minute cinematic journey as pop sensation Beyoncé showcases her Renaissance songs. Gain insights into the creative process that fueled her extraordinary world tour and witness the magic unfold on the big screen.

Silent Night – Action/ Thriller

On Dec. 1, Silent Night emerged as a gripping action/thriller film starring legendary director John Woo, unraveling the tale of a grieving father seeking long-awaited vengeance against a heartless gang on Christmas Eve. The narrative unfolds with the tragic loss of his son, caught in the crossfire of warring gangs. As the father grapples with the aftermath, enduring both physical and emotional wounds that cost him his voice and marriage, he embarks on a relentless and brutal quest for retribution against those accountable. Brace for a suspenseful journey as Silent Night delves into the depths of a father’s anguish and his relentless pursuit of justice.

Godzilla Minus One – Action/ Sci-Fi

On Dec. 1, Godzilla Minus One roared onto the scene, showcasing that action movies can still captivate audiences with recycled characters. In Japanese with subtitles and set against the backdrop of post-World War II Japan, the film captures a nation’s fragile recovery disrupted by a looming threat: Godzilla. Prepare for the spectacular arrival of a new crisis, embodied by the colossal presence of a sea monster. 

The Boy and the Heron – Fantasy/Adventure 

On Dec. 8, The Boy and the Heron took flight into theaters, presenting an extraordinary animated fantasy by the world-renowned animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The film introduces us to Mahito, a 12-year-old grappling with the challenges of adapting to a new town after his mother’s passing. When a talking heron reveals that his mother is alive, Mahito embarks on a quest, entering an abandoned tower that becomes a portal to another world. Get ready for a mesmerizing journey where everything comes to life at once.

Poor Things – Fantasy/Sci-Fi

On Dec. 8, Poor Things graced the screen with its captivating mix of drama and suspense, creating a perfect blend to enthrall audiences. Resurrected by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman embarks on a thrilling escapade with a lawyer, traversing continents in a whirlwind adventure. Liberated from the constraints of her era, she becomes a steadfast advocate for equality and liberation, promising an engaging narrative that transcends time and prejudice.

Wonka – Fantasy/ Musical 

On Dec. 15, Wonka is set to transport countless individuals back to the nostalgic era of the early 2000s. Whether one once daydreamed about unwrapping the golden ticket from a Wonka bar or harbored a lifelong desire to be immersed  in the enchanting world of the chocolate factory, now is the time to sit back, relax and revel in the magical experience of the Wonka musical. Take a journey to understand the origins of Willy Wonka himself.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – Action/ Fantasy

 On Dec. 22, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom makes its theatrical splash. This superhero, inspired by the DC character Aquaman, is poised for another triumphant chapter. When Black Manta, having failed to defeat Aquaman before, harnesses the power of the mythical Black Trident, he unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. In a bid to quell this rising threat, Aquaman forms an unexpected alliance with his brother Orm, the former king of Atlantis. Putting aside their differences, they unite forces to safeguard their kingdom and avert irreversible destruction, bringing a thrilling tale of heroism and brotherhood to the big screen.

The Iron Claw – Sport/Thriller 

On Dec. 22, gear up for an epic showdown as The Iron Claw  grapples its way into theaters. Unveiling the true story of the indomitable Von Erich brothers, this film rewinds to the early 1980s, where they etched their names in the intense world of professional wrestling. Battling through tragedy and triumph, under the watchful eye of their commanding father and coach, these brothers strive for larger-than-life immortality on the grandest sports stage. Get ready for a wrestling spectacle that’s not just a match but a journey into the heart of sports history.

Embrace the holiday spirit with a twist. While these movies may not be drenched in winter wonderland themes, prepare to savor a diverse array of genres that will still add that special sparkle to your festive season. Consider gifting movie tickets – not just a present, but an invitation to experience the spectacular joy that comes with each cinematic journey. Whether it’s a heartwarming tale or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, there’s something for everyone to unwrap at the movies this holiday season.

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