5 December Movies we can't wait to see

There's a lot of great films coming to a theater near you.

The year is almost over and the holiday movie season has arrived. December is backed with both Oscar contenders (including Oscar frontrunner La La Land) and likely blockbusters. The highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to dominate the box office this month but it won't be the only movie people are talking about.

From the Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie to the compelling drama Patriot's Day, there are several new releases that are likely to cause plenty of discussions and debates.

With that in mind, we're offering our movie preview December 2016 edition. Here are a list of 5 films we can't wait to see this month. Check it out and if you disagree or think I missed something, let me know in the comments section.

Jackie(December 9th) Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is already receiving Oscar buzz for her stunning lead performance in this new biopic about former First Lady Jackie Kennedy. The drama shows Kennedy adjusting to a new world only a few days after the assassination of her husband.

Jackie was written by Noah Oppenheim, who previously adapted The Maze Runner and Allegiant for the big screen. For this third screenplay, he's receiving Oscar buzz for bringing Jackie's story to life alongside director Pablo Larraín.

For a peek at the tragic new film, check out the trailer below.

La La Land (December 16th): This movie musical is already considered a favorite for the 2017 Oscars. The film stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as two struggling artists who meet and fall in love while trying to fulfill their dreams.

Damien Chazelle, the film's writer/director, burst onto the scene with the unforgettable 2014 drama Whiplash and this film cements his reputation as a unique artist who takes on incredible projects.

Check out the trailer below.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th): One of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year arrives in theaters on December 16th. This film is a prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope and focuses on the fight to steal the plans to the Death Star: plans that prove integral to the plot of the original Star Wars.

This chapter features the return of Darth Vader and the introduction of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a rebel leader. The new film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen.

You can  check out the film's trailer below.

 Patriot's Day (December 23rd): Mark Wahlberg stars in this drama about the 2013 Boston Maraton bombing. Directed by Peter Berg, the film shows both the events of the attack itself and the aftermath as the police and the FBI search for the responsible culprits.

The movie highlights the heroic actions of both the officers involved in the search and the hospital staffers who helped save lives. The drama co-stars Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon and John Goodman.

Check out the trailer below.

Silence (December 23rd): Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver co-star in this new drama about two priests who travel to Japan to find their former adviser. The film was adapted from the Shûsaku Endô novel.

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorcese helmed this intense new project that is already garnering awards buzz. The film co-stars Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds.

Check out the trailer below.

December is likely going to be one the biggest movie months of the year so make sure you head to the cineplex to check out some of these new arrivals.

Make sure you mark your calendar for these December 2016 movies.

John Hanlon is our film and television critic. He can be followed on Twitter @johnhanlon and on Facebook here.


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