A wide array of entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will come to the nearest cinemas this Christmas. But before that, why not try to catch the last few Hollywood movies on theaters this month?
Below is a list of four movies which will hit theaters early December, from the anticipated Star Wars movie to a heart-warming new take on the Nativity story.
The Battle of The Sexes
Stone and Carell play tennis rivals in Battle of the Sexes. (Image: Battle of the Sexes UK)
It’s been six years since Emma Stone and Steve Carell performed together on the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. This year, the stars will reunite on the big screen in the biographical sports movie Battle of the Sexes. The film is based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match game between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
The movie gained favorable reviews from critics, who deemed Stone’s performance as her best yet. Other notable stars in the film include Sarah Silverman, Andrea Riseborough, and Alan Cumming. The film is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
The Disaster Artist
Despite being panned by critics, The Room gained a cult following. (Image: A24 Films)
In his 14th directorial role, James Franco collaborates with his brother Dave for the first time in the American biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist. The movie is based on a non-fiction book of the same name which narrates how the 2003 movie The Room was made. The film is considered as one of the worst movies of all time.
James plays the lead role of Tommy Wiseau, the writer, director, producer, and lead actor in The Room. Meanwhile, Dave portrays Greg Sestero, who plays Mark in the said movie.
The cast includes Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, Zoey Deutch, and Melanie Griffith. Critics have praised the performance of James Franco in his role as Tommy Wiseau and as the director.
The Star: The Story of the First Christmas
The Star is a different Christmas tale which kids can learn from. (Image: Sony Pictures Animation)
The last foreign animated movie to come out this year will be the adventure comedy film The Star. The movie puts a furry, adorable twist on the story of Jesus’s birth. A group of unlikely heroes led by a brave donkey named Bo embarks on an adventure. The animals join forces to protect the newborn Jesus from the evil plan of King Herod.
Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead lends his voice to Bo. Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi will voice Mary and Joseph, respectively. Singers Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson will also voice some of the other farm animals in the movie. Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Zara Larsson, and Pentatonix contribute to the soundtrack of the movie. The movie is directed by Timothy Reckart and released by Columbia Pictures.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Release date: December 15
Star Wars fan are excited for this movie after the success of The Force Awakens and Rogue One. (Image: Star Wars PH)
Light sabers will be out in time for the eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise. Adam Driver is back as the menacing villain Kylo Ren. He will face the members of the Resistance led by his mother Princess Leia, portrayed by deceased actress Carrie Fisher. Daisy Ridley, who had her major acting break from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will return as Rey, a powerful Force-sensitive scavenger. This time around, she will undergo training from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
Joining the cast will be John Boyega as the rogue stormtrooper Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix. The film will be directed by Rian Johnson, who is also behind Looper. The film will be released days before the first death anniversary of Carrie Fisher, who completed the movie before passing away due to cardiac arrest.
Tips in ticket purchasing and watching
● Check the websites of the mall to see which time slot is convenient for your schedule.
● Don’t miss any part of the show by adjusting your travel time. Take into consideration possible heavy traffic so you can arrive early or on time at the cinema.
● Check the rules and conditions of the cinema so that you would not experience any inconvenience.
● The show would be more enjoyable with friends and family, so invite them for a great bonding time.
Which of these movies will you be seeing this December? Let us know in the comments section below!