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Virtually every movie coming to theaters and major streamers this holiday season
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Virtually every movie coming to theaters and major streamers this holiday season

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Will Ferrell turned down an offer to do a sequel of Elf, the beloved 2003 holiday movie directed by Jon Favreau.

We’ve compiled a list of films set to premiere this holiday season through Jan. 28. All release dates are theatrical, except where noted, and subject to change.

Nov. 10

"Clifford the Big Red Dog": The super-sized canine from the children’s books returns in this live-action/animated tale. With Sienna Guillory, Rosie Perez, John Cleese. Directed by Walt Becker. Also streaming on Paramount+. Paramount Pictures

"Passing": Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga star in this drama about two Black friends in 1920s Harlem, one of whom has been passing as white. Written and directed by Rebecca Hall. Also streaming on Nov. 11. Netflix

Nov. 12

"The Accursed": A woman faces the consequences of a curse upon her family’s bloodline in this horror drama. With Melora Walters, Goran Visnjic. Directed by Kevin Lewis. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"Apex": Bruce Willis stars in this sci-fi action thriller about a man being hunted for sport on a remote island. With Neal McDonough. Directed by Edward Drake. Also on digital, VOD. RLJE Films

"Aulcie": Documentary about African American basketball player Aulcie Perry, who became a celebrity in Israel while playing there in the 1970s. Directed by Dani Menkin. Hey Jude Productions

"Belfast": Kenneth Branagh wrote and directed this black-and-white coming-of-age drama set in Northern Ireland during the turbulent 1960s. With Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill. Focus Features

"Courage": Documentary follows a trio of actor-activists from an underground theater group during pro-democracy protests in Belarus. Directed by Aliaksei Paluyan. Living Pictures

"Cusp": Coming-of-age documentary follows three teenage girls in a Texas military town. Directed by Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt. Also on cable, streaming, Nov. 26. Showtime Documentary Films

"Double Walker": Horror fable about the ghost of a young woman seeking vengeance against the men who killed her. With Sylvie Mix. Directed by Colin West. Also on VOD. Cranked Up

"Hive": A woman struggles to provide for her family after her husband goes missing in the war in Kosovo in this drama. Directed by Blerta Basholli. Zeitgeist Films

"Home Sweet Home Alone": Another child is left behind to defend the family abode in the latest entry in the franchise. With Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson and Chris Parnell. Directed by Dan Mazer. Streaming only. 20th Century Studios

"Julia": Culinary legend Julia Child is profiled in this documentary from “RBG” filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Sony Pictures Classics

"Love Is Love Is Love": Eleanor Coppola directs this trio of tales about friendship and romance. With Joanne Whalley, Chris Messina, Kathy Baker, Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, Rita Wilson. Also on VOD. Blue Fox Entertainment

"Mayor Pete": Documentary profiles former Democratic presidential candidate and current U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Directed by Jesse Moss. Also streaming. Amazon Studios

"Multiverse": Sci-fi thriller about four college students whose physics experiment leads to unexpected consequences. Directed by Gaurav Seth. Also on digital, VOD, Nov. 16. Saban Films

"My Fiona": A woman helps her best friend’s widow raise the couple’s young son in this LGBT-themed drama. Directed by Kelly Walker. Also on VOD, Nov. 23. Freestyle Releasing

"Night Raiders": Sci-fi thriller about a woman trying to rescue her daughter from a government facility. Directed by Danis Goulet. Also on digital, VOD. Samuel Goldwyn Films

"No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics": Documentary profiles pioneering LGBTQ comic-book artists and graphic novelists including Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse. Directed by Vivian Kleiman. Compadre Media Group

"Red Notice": Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot share the screen in this heist caper. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Also streaming. Netflix

"Set!": Documentary on competitive table-setting. Directed by Scott Gawlik. Streaming only. Discovery+

"Simple as Water": Documentary about displaced Syrian refugee families trying to build new lives. Directed by Megan Mylan. Also on cable, streaming, Nov. 16. HBO Documentary Films

"Soulmates": A woman tries to derail her best friend’s relationship in this comedy. With Stephanie Lynn, Alexandra Case. Directed by Timothy Armstrong. Also on VOD. Vertical Entertainment

"They Say Nothing Stays the Same": Drama about a ferryman in 19th century Japan. Written and directed by actor-musician Joe Odagiri and shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Also on virtual cinemas, digital, VOD. Film Movement

"This Is Not a War Story": Drama about veterans doing art therapy to combat their PTSD. With Frances Fisher. Directed by Talia Lugacy. Also streaming on HBO Max. WarnerMedia OneFifty

"Tick, Tick … Boom!": Lin-Manuel Miranda directs this adaptation of “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson’s semiautobiographical musical comedy about an aspiring Broadway composer. With Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Judith Light, Bradley Whitford. Also streaming, Nov. 19. Netflix

"Time of Moulting": Dark drama about a dysfunctional family in 1970s Germany. Directed by Sabrina Mertens. Also virtual cinemas. Dekanalog

Nov. 15

"A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks": Documentary remembers the influential Black photographer. Directed by John Maggio. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

Nov. 17

"Bruised": Halle Berry directs and stars in this drama about a former MMA fighter and single mother at a crossroads. Also streaming, Nov. 24. Netflix

"Children of the Enemy": Drama about a man trying to rescue his seven young grandchildren from a prison camp in Syria. Directed by Gorki Glaser-Muller. Abramorama

"The Power of the Dog": Benedict Cumberbatch plays a repressed 1920s rancher who makes life a living hell for his brother’s new bride in this drama. Written and directed by Jane Campion, adapted from the Thomas Savage novel. With Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach. Also streaming, Dec. 1. Netflix

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog." (Kirsty Griffin/Netflix/TNS)

"Prayers for the Stolen": Coming-of-age drama about three young girls in rural Mexico. Directed by Tatiana Huezo. Also streaming. Netflix

Nov. 18

"Jagged": ’90s rocker Alanis Morissette is profiled in this documentary, part of HBO’s “Music Box” anthology series. Directed by Alison Klayman. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

"The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star": Vanessa Hudgens returns in the latest entry in this romantic-comedy franchise. Directed by Mike Rohl. Streaming only. Netflix

Nov. 19

"Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn": A schoolteacher’s sex tape goes viral in this Romanian comedy. Directed by Radu Jude. Magnolia Pictures

"Black Friday": An alien parasite turns shoppers into murderous creatures in this sci-fi/horror thriller. Bruce Campbell stars. Directed by Casey Tebo. Also on VOD. Screen Media

"Boiling Point": Drama set in a high-end restaurant in London. With Stephen Graham. Directed by Philip Barantini. Also on digital, VOD, Nov. 23. Saban Films

"Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road": Documentary profiles the singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Beach Boys. With Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Gustavo Dudamel. Directed by Brent Wilson. Also on VOD. Screen Media

"Candy Coated Christmas": Holiday tale set in a small town. With Molly McCook. Directed by Ellie Kanner. Streaming only. Discovery+

"Captains of Za’atari": Documentary about two boys in a refugee camp in Jordan who dream of becoming soccer stars. Directed by Ali El Arabi. Also on digital. Utopia

"C’mon C’mon": Joaquin Phoenix plays an artist tasked with caring for his young nephew in this drama. With Woody Norman, Gaby Hoffman. Directed by Mike Mills. A24

"Compartment No. 6": Two strangers on a train bound for the Arctic Circle make a connection in this drama, which is Finland’s Oscar submission and co-Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Juho Kuosmanen. Sony Pictures Classics

"Extinct": Animated comedy about furry creatures who time travel to a future where their species no longer exists. With the voices of Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Ken Jeong. Directed by David Silverman, Raymond S. Persi. Streaming only. Netflix

"The Feast": Welsh-language horror drama about a fateful dinner party at a remote country house. Directed by Lee Haven Jones. Also on digital, VOD. IFC Midnight

"The First Wave": Documentary follows front-line health care workers in New York City during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Directed by Matthew Heineman. National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife": Jason Reitman, son of “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman, helms this franchise reboot. Cast includes Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and the original film’s Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. Columbia Pictures

"Gift of Fire": Fact-based drama about Japan’s attempt to build its own atomic bomb in the closing days of WWII. Directed by Hiroshi Kurosaki. Eleven Arts

"Hide and Seek": Thriller about a businessman searching for his missing brother. With Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jacinda Barrett, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Joel David Moore. Also on digital, VOD. Saban Films/Paramount

"India Sweets and Spices": Coming-of-age drama about an Indian American college student and her family. Directed by Geeta Malik. Bleecker Street

"King Richard": Will Smith portrays Richard Williams, father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in this biographical drama. With Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal, Dylan McDermott. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Also streaming on HBO Max. Warner Bros.

"Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time": Documentary about the prolific American author. Directed by Robert B. Weide and Don Argott. Also on digital, VOD. IFC Films

"Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.": Bilingual documentary based on the personal experiences of Lesotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. Also on virtual cinema, VOD. Dekanalog

"Mothering Sunday": A young maid and aspiring writer has an affair with an upper-class man in this romantic drama set in post-WWI Britain and based on the Graham Swift novel. With Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman and Colin Firth. Directed by Eva Husson. One-week awards-qualifying run; opens Feb. 22. Sony Pictures Classics

"Paper & Glue": Self-directed documentary about the French street artist known only as JR. MSNBC Films/Abramorama

"Procession": Six male survivors of clergy sex abuse team with director Robert Greene to tell their stories in a series of dramatic vignettes in this hybrid documentary. Also streaming, Nov. 19. Netflix

"Pups Alone": Family-friendly holiday comedy about canines protecting their neighborhood from burglars. With Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Keith David and the voices of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jerry O’Connell, Danny Trejo, Rob Schneider. Directed by Alex Merkin. Also on digital, VOD, Nov. 27. Saban Films/Paramount

"The Real Charlie Chaplin": Documentary profiles the legendary silent-era actor and filmmaker. Directed by James Spinney, Peter Middleton. Also on cable, streaming, Dec. 24. Showtime Documentary Films

"Repeat": A psychologist finds a way to communicate with the dead in this thriller. Directed by Grant Archer, Richard Miller. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"She Paradise": Drama about an aspiring soca dancer from Trinidad and Tobago. Directed by Maya Cozier. Also on VOD. Samuel Goldwyn Films

"The Shuroo Process": Comedy about a frustrated journalist who meets a charismatic guru. Directed by Emrhys Cooper. Also on VOD, Nov. 24. Gravitas Ventures

"Uppercase Print": Fact-based drama about a Romanian teen arrested in the early 1980s for drawing graffiti criticizing Romania’s Ceausescu regime. Directed by Radu Jude. Big World Pictures

"Zeros and Ones": Ethan Hawke plays an American soldier stationed in Rome trying to stop a terrorist bombing in director Abel Ferrara’s action thriller. Also on digital, VOD. Lionsgate

Nov. 24

"A Boy Called Christmas": Family-friendly holiday fable tells the origin story of Father Christmas. With Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman, Zoe Colletti, Stephen Merchant, Joel Fry, Rune Temte, Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith. Directed by Gil Kenan. Streaming only. Netflix

"8-Bit Christmas": A 10-year-old tries to obtain the latest video gaming system in this holiday comedy set in 1980s Chicago. With Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Zahn. Directed by Michael Dowse. Streaming only on HBO Max. New Line Cinema

"Encanto": This animated musical about a Colombian family with magical powers features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. With the voices of Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush. Walt Disney Animation Studios

"A Holiday Chance": Two sisters must set aside their differences to save their father’s media company in this inspirational drama. With Sharon Leal, Vanessa Bell Calloway. Directed by Jamal Hill. Faith Media Distribution

"House of Gucci": Lady Gaga and Adam Driver head the cast of Ridley Scott’s fact-based drama about Italy’s first family of fashion. With Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, Al Pacino. MGM

"The Humans": Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun and June Squibb star in writer-director Stephen Karam’s big-screen adaptation of his Tony-winning stage play about a dysfunctional family celebrating Thanksgiving together. Also on Showtime. A24

"Keep Sweet": Documentary on breakaway fundamentalist Mormon prophet and convicted sex offender Warren Jeffs. Directed by Don Argott. Streaming only. Discovery+

"National Champions": Drama about college football players striking for compensation. With J.K. Simmons, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Kristin Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant, Uzo Aduba. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. STX Films

"Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City": Reboot of the action-horror franchise based on the video game. With Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Avan Jogia, Neal McDonough, Donal Logue. Directed by Johannes Roberts. Screen Gems

"The Shuroo Process": Comedy about a frustrated journalist who meets a charismatic guru. Directed by Emrhys Cooper. Also on VOD, Nov. 24. Gravitas Ventures

"The Summit of the Gods": Animated French-language drama based on a manga about mountain climbers on Everest. Directed by Patrick Imbert. Also streaming, Nov. 30. Netflix

"The Unforgivable": Sandra Bullock stars as an ex-con looking for redemption in this drama. With Viola Davis, Rob Morgan. Directed by Nora Fingscheidt. Also streaming, Dec. 10. Netflix

Nov. 25

"DMX: Don’t Try to Understand": The late rapper is profiled in this documentary, part of HBO’s “Music Box” anthology series. Directed by Christopher Frierson. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

Nov. 26

"Ayar": Drama about a Latina woman seeking to reunite with her young daughter during the pandemic. Directed by Floyd Russ. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"A Castle for Christmas": A famous American author meets a Scottish nobleman in this holiday rom-com starring Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes. Directed by Mary Lambert. Streaming only. Netflix

"An Intrusion": Thriller about a family menaced by a stalker. Directed by Nicholas Holland. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"Lady Buds": Documentary about women in the cannabis industry. Directed by Chris J. Russo. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"The Last Rite": A medical student is terrorized by a demon in this horror drama. Directed by Leroy Kincaide. Also on VOD. Samuel Goldwyn Films

"Licorice Pizza": Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about two teens growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s. With Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie. MGM

"Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres": Documentary profiles the veteran rock journalist. With Elton John, Carlos Santana, et al. Directed by Suzanne Joe Kai. StudioLA

"Not to Forget": A con artist is sentenced to care for his wealthy grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, in this drama. With Karen Grassle, Tate Dewey, Kevin Hardesty, Cloris Leachman, Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Valerio Zanoli. Also on VOD. Vertical Entertainment

"’Twas the Fight Before Christmas": Documentary about an Idaho lawyer battling his homeowners association over the right to hold a massive holiday event for the local community. Directed by Becky Read. Streaming only. Apple Original Films

"Writing With Fire": Documentary about a women-led news organization in India. Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. Music Box Films

Nov. 29

"14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible": Nepalese mountain climber’s attempt to break a world record. Directed by Torquil Jones. Streaming only. Netflix

Dec. 2

"Listening to Kenny G": The soft-jazz sax player is profiled in this documentary, part of HBO’s “Music Box” anthology series. Directed by Penny Lane. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

"Single All the Way": A young gay man convinces his best friend to pose as his boyfriend for the holidays in this romantic comedy. With Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy. Directed by Michael Mayer. Streaming only. Netflix

Dec. 3

"Benedetta": Paul Verhoeven directs this French-language drama about a troubled 17th century nun engaged in an affair with a woman. With Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson. Also on digital, VOD. IFC Films

"Castle Falls": Dolph Lundgren directs and stars in this action thriller about a group seeking a fortune in stolen cash hidden in a hospital that’s about to be demolished. Also on digital, VOD. Shout! Studios

"Deadlock": Bruce Willis leads a group of mercenaries who hold a nuclear power plant for ransom in this action thriller. Directed by Jared Cohn. Also on digital, VOD. Saban Films

"Drive My Car": A renowned theater artist tries to move on after his wife’s unexpected death; based on the short story by Haruki Murakami. With Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura. Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Sideshow/Janus Films

"Encounter": Riz Ahmed stars in this sci-fi thriller about a Marine trying to save his two sons from an infestation of extraterrestrial origin. With Octavia Spencer. Directed by Michael Pearce. Also streaming, Dec. 10. Amazon Studios

"The End of Us": Rom-com set during the pandemic. Directed by Steven Kanter and Henry Loevner. Also on digital, VOD, Dec. 7. Saban Films/Well Go USA

"Flee": Animated documentary about a Middle Eastern refugee. Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Neon

"Funny Thing About Love": An engaged woman reconnects with an old beau in this holiday rom-com. With Jon Heder, Summer Bellessa, Barry Corbin. Directed by Adam White. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"The Hand of God": Coming-of-age drama about a young man in 1980s Naples who has a fateful encounter with soccer legend Diego Maradona. Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Also streaming, Dec. 15. Netflix

"Home": An ex-convict faces his past in this drama. With Jake McLaughlin, Kathy Bates, Lil Rel Howery, Stephen Root. Directed by Franka Potente. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"I Was a Simple Man": An elderly family man in Hawaii faces the end of his life in this fantastical drama. With Steve Iwamoto, Constance Wu. Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi. Also on VOD, Dec. 10 Strand Releasing

"Last Shoot Out": Western about a gunslinger who rescues a runaway bride. With Cam Gigandet, Bruce Dern, Michael Welch. Directed by Michael Feifer. Also on digital, VOD Lionsgate

"Mixtape": An orphaned tween finds an artifact made by her parents that she hopes will shed light on their lives. With Gemma Brooke Allen and Julie Bowen. Directed by Valerie Weiss. Streaming only. Netflix

"Off the Rails": Comedy about three middle-aged women re-creating a train trip they took across Europe in their younger years. With Kelly Preston, Judi Dench. Directed by Jules Williamson. Also on VOD. Screen Media

"The Scary of Sixty-First": Horror tale about two women who move into a Manhattan duplex once reputedly owned by Jeffrey Epstein. With Betsey Brown, Madeline Quinn, Dasha Nekrasova, Mark Rapaport. Directed by Nekrasova. Written by Nekrasova and Quinn. Utopia

"The Second": Drama about a celebrated novelist with a dark secret. With Rachel Blake. Directed by Mairi Cameron. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas": Animated holiday special furthers the adventures of the woolly creature. Streaming only. Netflix

"Silent Night": Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode star in this apocalyptic comedy about a group of old friends who gather to celebrate one last Christmas before the world ends. Directed by Camille Griffin. Also streaming. RJLE Films/AMC+

"The Sleeping Negro": Drama about a young Black man working in corporate America. Directed by Skinner Myers. ArtMattan Films

"Try Harder": Documentary follows seniors at a public high school in San Francisco. Directed by Debbie Lum. Greenwich Entertainment

"Twas the Night": Dark comedy about an engaged couple preparing for a Christmas Eve dinner while also hiding a dead body in their house. Written and directed by the Ro Bros (Chris Rodriguez, Grant Rosado). Also on VOD. Vertical Entertainment

"Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America": Documentary directed by Emily and Sarah Kunstler. One-week awards-qualifying run; opens Jan. 14. Sony Pictures Classics

"Wolf": A young man believes he’s a wolf trapped in a human body in this fantasy drama. With George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp. Directed by Nathalie Biancheri. Focus Features

Dec. 7

"Fatal Distraction": Documentary about a man charged with murder after his toddler died in a hot car. Directed by Susan Morgan Cooper. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

Dec. 9

"Advent Calendar": Horror from France. Directed by Patrick Ridremont. Streaming only. Shudder

"Mr. Saturday Night": Music and movie mogul Robert Stigwood is profiled in this documentary, part of HBO’s “Music Box” anthology series. Directed by John Maggio. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

Dec. 10

"Agnes": Horror tale set at a remote convent. Directed by Mickey Reece. Also on VOD. Magnet Releasing

"American Sicario": Fact-based drama about Mexico’s first American-born drug lord. With Danny Trejo. Directed by RJ Collins. Also on digital, VOD. Saban Films

"Back to the Outback": Assorted critters plot their escape from an Australian zoo in this animated comedy. With the voices of Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Keith Urban, Wayne Knight, Jacki Weaver. Directed by Harry Cripps, Clare Knight. Streaming only. Netflix

"Beijing Spring": Documentary uses previously unseen footage to revisit the pro-democracy movement in China in the late 1970s. Directed by Andy Cohen and Gaylen Ross. AC Films

"Being the Ricardos": Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem portray TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in this bio-drama written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. With J.K. Simmons, Alia Shawkat, Linda Lavin, Clark Gregg, Tony Hale, Ronny Cox, Robert Pine. Also streaming, Dec. 21. Amazon Studios

"Citizen Ashe": Documentary about tennis great and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe. Directed by Rex Miller, Sam Pollard. Magnolia Pictures/CNN Films

"Don’t Look Up": Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio head the cast of writer-director Adam McKay’s star-studded disaster-flick satire about a comet threatening to destroy Earth. With Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Matthew Perry, Tyler Perry, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman, Chris Evans. Also streaming, Dec. 24. Netflix

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Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play scientists who make a shocking discovery, and then have to convince the rest of the planet of it, in Adam McKay's "Don't Look Up." (Niko Tavernise/Netflix/TNS)

"Famous": Drama about a celebrity confronting his past. Directed by Michael Leoni. Also on digital, VOD. Kandoo Films

"France": Satirical drama about a troubled TV journalist. With Léa Seydoux. Directed by Bruno Dumont. Kino Lorber

"The Hating Game": Rom-com with Lucy Hale. Directed by Peter Hutchings. Also on VOD. Vertical Entertainment

"Hurt": Horror story about a woman alone in a house in the woods on Halloween. Directed by Sonny Mallhi. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"Joy Womack: The White Swan": Documentary about the first American woman to join the Bolshoi Ballet. Directed by Dina Burlis and Sergey Gavrilov. Virtual cinema, digital, VOD only. Film Movement

"Mosley": Animated fantasy about a beast of burden and his young son on a quest to find a legendary city. With the voices of Rhys Darby, Lucy Lawless, Temuera Morrison, John Rhys-Davies. Directed by Kirby Atkins. Also on digital, VOD, Dec. 14. Saban Films/Paramount

"The Only One": Romantic drama about an adventurous woman who considers settling down with a former flame. With Caitlin Stasey, Jon Beavers. Directed by Noah Gilbert. Also on VOD. Vertical Entertainment

"Red Rocket": Drama about a small-town hustler. With Simon Rex. Directed by Sean Baker. A24

"To What Remains": Documentary about a team of veterans and researchers dedicated to recovering the remains of U.S. armed forces members missing in past conflicts. Directed by Christopher Woods. Abramorama/Imperative Entertainment

"Torn": Max Lowe directs this documentary about his father, mountaineer Alex Rowe, who was killed in an avalanche in 1999. National Geographic Documentary Films

"West Side Story": Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic Leonard Bernstein musical drama about star-crossed lovers on the mean streets of 1950s NYC. With Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll. 20th Century

Dec. 15

"New Year": Dark drama about an unhappily married couple. Directed by Nathan Sutton. Blind Faith Productions

Dec. 16

"Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss": The late rapper is profiled in this documentary, part of HBO’s “Music Box” anthology series. Directed by Tommy Oliver. Cable, streaming only. HBO Documentary Films

Dec. 17

"Cyrano": Peter Dinklage stars as the titular swordsman/poet in director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the 2018 stage musical based on Edmond Rostand’s 19th century stage play. With Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Bashir Salahuddin, Ben Mendelsohn. One-week qualifying run; opens Jan. 21. MGM

"Fortress": Action thriller with Bruce Willis, Jesse Metcalf, Chad Michael Murray. Directed by James Cullen Bressack. Also on digital, VOD. Lionsgate

"Last Words": A young man goes in search of other survivors in a post-apocalyptic world in this sci-fi drama. With Kalipha Touray, Nick Nolte, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Jonathan Nossiter. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

"The Lost Daughter": Maggie Gyllenhaal wrote and makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel about a woman confronting the choices she made as a young mother. With Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard. Also streaming, Dec. 31. Netflix

"Mother/Android": An expectant couple seeks safety during a robot uprising in this sci-fi thriller. With Chloe Grace Moretz. Directed by Mattson Tomlin. Streaming only. Hulu

"Nightmare Alley": Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett head the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the 1947 thriller about a shady carnival worker and an even shadier psychiatrist. With Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn. Searchlight Pictures

"The Novice": LGBT-themed drama about a determined young woman who joins her university’s rowing team. With Isabelle Fuhrman. Directed by Lauren Hadaway. Also on VOD. IFC Films

"President": Documentary about the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. Directed by Camilla Nielsson. Greenwich Entertainment

"Spider-Man: No Way Home": Tom Holland returns as your friendly neighborhood webslinger in this entry in the superhero franchise. With Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina. Directed by Jon Watts. Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios

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MJ (Zendaya) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) jump off a bridge in "Spider-Man: No Way Home." (Matt Kennedy/Sony Pictures/TNS)

"Swan Song": A terminally ill family man considers a potentially life-saving alternative treatment in this drama set in the near future. With Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina, Adam Beach. Written and directed by Benjamin Cleary. Also streaming. Apple Original Films

"The Tender Bar": George Clooney directs this drama, based on the memoir by J.R. Moehringer, about a fatherless boy who learns life lessons at his uncle’s bar. Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd. Also streaming, Jan. 7. Amazon Studios

"Wild Game": Contemporary western about a cash-strapped rancher’s ill-fated dealings with a movie star. Directed by Brock Harris. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

Dec. 22

"The King’s Man": Ralph Fiennes heads the cast of this prequel that explores the origins of the secretive British intelligence agency featured in director Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman” action franchise. With Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance. 20th Century

"The Matrix Resurrections": Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return to the fight in a fourth installment of the sci-fi/action franchise about a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a malevolent artificial intelligence. With Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci. Directed by Lana Wachowski. Also streaming on HBO Max. Warner Bros.

"Sing 2": Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams and Bono lend their voices to this sequel to the 2016 animated musical comedy about assorted animals vying in a singing competition. Directed by Garth Jennings. Universal Pictures

"The Velvet Queen": Documentary about a nature photographer’s quest to photograph the elusive snow leopard. Directed by Marie Amiguet. Oscilloscope Laboratories

Dec. 24

"Parallel Mothers": Penelope Cruz reunites with filmmaker Pedro Almodovar for this Spanish-language drama about two woman who bond after meeting in a maternity ward. With Aitana Sánchez-Gijon. Sony Pictures Classics

Dec. 25

"American Underdog": The story of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner is told in this inspirational drama starring Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin and Dennis Quaid. Directed by the Erwin Brothers. Lionsgate

"A Journal for Jordan": Denzel Washington directs Michael B. Jordan in this romantic drama about an American soldier deployed to Iraq who keeps a journal for his newborn son. Columbia Pictures

"The Tragedy of Macbeth": The Coen brothers’ Joel Coen goes solo to direct Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in a stylish adaptation of Shakespeare’s dark drama about an ambitious Scottish warlord and his scheming wife. Also streaming on Apple TV+, Jan. 14. A24

Dec. 29

"Jockey": A veteran jockey aims for one more big win before getting out of the horseracing game in this drama. With Clifton Collins Jr., Moises Arias, Molly Parker. Directed by Clint Bentley. Sony Pictures Classics

Dec. 31

"iGilbert": Thriller about a lonely, obese 30-something man who develops an attachment to an attractive new neighbor. With Adrian Martinez, Dascha Polanco. Directed by Martinez. Also on VOD. Gravitas Ventures

Jan. 7

"A Hero": Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) wrote and directed this drama about a man imprisoned for being unable to pay his debts. Also streaming, Jan. 21. Amazon Studios

"See for Me": A blind woman must use a new phone app to survive in this home-invasion thriller. With Laura Vandervoort, Kim Coates. Directed by Randall Okita. Also digital, VOD. IFC Midnight

"The 355": Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong’o try to retrieve a stolen weapon in this female-led espionage thriller. With Édgar Ramirez, Sebastian Stan and Bingbing Fan. Written by Theresa Rebeck, Simon Kinberg. Directed by Kinberg. Universal Pictures

Jan. 14

"Belle": A shy, rural teen escapes into a virtual world as a world-famous singer who pursues a mysterious monster in pursuit of her true self in this Japanese animated tale. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. GKids

"Deep Water": Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star in this thriller about a married couple whose relationship takes a dark turn. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel. With Rachel Blanchard. Directed by Adrian Lyne. 20th Century

"Hotel Transylvania: Transformania": Closing installment of the animated comedy franchise. With the voices of Brian Hull, Jim Gaffigan, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher. Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Streaming only. Amazon Studios

"Scream": Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette return in this reboot of the horror franchise about small-town teens menaced by a masked killer. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett. Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Media Group

"Shattered": Crime thriller with Frank Grillo, John Malkovich. Directed by Luis Prieto. Also on digital, VOD. Lionsgate

"Stoker Hills": Horror thriller with Tony Todd. Directed by Benjamin Louis. Also on VOD. Screen Media

"The Whaler Boy": Russian-language drama about a young man from a village on the Bering Strait who falls in love with a webcam girl on the internet. Directed by Philipp Yuryev. Virtual cinemas, digital, VOD only. Film Movement

Jan. 21

"Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre": Jason Statham stars in this action thriller about a super spy trying to stop an arms dealer from selling deadly technology. With Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Josh Hartnett, Hugh Grant. Directed by Guy Ritchie. STX Films

Jan. 28

"Clean": A garbageman tries to escape his violent past in this crime drama. Adrien Brody stars. Directed by Paul Solet. Also on digital, VOD. IFC Films

"La Soga Salvation": Crime thriller with Chris McGarry. Directed by Manny Perez. Also on VOD. Screen Media

"Morbius": Jared Leto plays the Marvel antihero in this action thriller. With Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios

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