Love holiday movies? We do! Whether it's a wide-eyed musical, an animated adventure, or even a horror film with a touch of December chill, these films help set the mood for the end of the year. Fortunately, there are quite a few good choices to see on the big screen in the next few months. Here are all the best new Christmas movies coming to theaters in 2019.
In the last two months of every year, Hollywood and indie distributors alike bring one of the biggest waves of movies to theatres. November and December play home to both huge commercial movies and aspiring independent awards contenders. Judging by the slate for the end of 2019, we will be spending a lot of quality time in front of the big screen to enjoy all the new releases. Grab some popcorn and make plans to watch these must-see year-end films and holiday season movies.
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FROZEN 2, Disney’s first theatrical sequel based on an animated movie since 1990’s THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, is one of the company’s most-anticipated releases in the history of, well, Disney. Judging by the recent trailer, fans can expect the next chapter of Elsa and Anna’s journey to involve uncovering bits of their parents’ past as Elsa discovers her powers aren’t just confined to winter and snow. After six years in the making, we're betting that this sequel is just as good — and maybe even better — than the original. [November 22]
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If there’s anything better than Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers, we don’t wanna know about it. This much-anticipated biopic should come with at least three boxes of tissues for all audience members, as A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD tells the tear-jerking (and inspiring) true story of a struggling journalist (Matthew Rhys, of "The Americans") who befriends Rogers while profiling the children’s programming icon. Directed by Marielle Heller, expect this movie to be a feel-good family hit with a legit shot at major awards come Oscar time. [November 22]
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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE centers on a young painter, the daughter of a well-known master, who journeys to a remote island to create the portrait of a French countess in 1770. The portrait is meant to help secure a marriage proposal for the countess; trouble is, she doesn't want to get married. Every frame of this movie looks like a painting, as artist and subject develop their own friendship on the windswept isle. This movie, by director Céline Sciamma, won Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first film directed by a woman to win the award in Cannes history. [December 6]
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Writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ follow-up to his 2017 slow-burn horror film, IT COMES AT NIGHT, is a complete (and very welcome) 180-degree turn. WAVES, starring Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us") and Oscar-nominee Lucas Hedges, is a compelling family drama, set in South Florida, which centers on a suburban African-American family struggling to figure out their lives in the wake of a tragic loss — at the risk of re-opening old emotional wounds. Since it’s premiere earlier this year at the Telluride Film Festival, this A24 release as garnered great reviews and even better Oscar buzz. [November 15]
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With LITTLE WOMEN, LADY BIRD writer-director Greta Gerwig gives movie fans a great Christmas present with her inspired take on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet, and Laura Dern headline one of the year’s most impressive ensembles in the eighth adaptation of the 1868 book, which centers on four sisters struggling to come of age in America post-Civil War. Watching this literary classic put through the lens of Gerwig’s signature wit is a perfect way to end the holiday season. Don’t miss this movie. [December 25]
In addition to regular theatrical releases, we have several special events that will brighten your holidays!
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Based on the bestselling novel by Jason F. Wright, CHRISTMAS JARS tells the story of reporter Hope Jensen, who uncovers the remarkable secret behind the "Christmas Jars," glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need. This is a phenomenon with a reach far beyond that of a typical novel, as it created a new tradition that has changed the lives of many people in their time of need all over the country. [November 4].
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Fathom Events, TCM and Warner Bros. present When Harry Met Sally… for a special 30th Anniversary showing coming to select cinemas featuring exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet when they share a car on a trip from Chicago to New York right after both graduate from college. As the two build their lives and careers in Manhattan, they find love and heartache--with other people--but their paths continue to cross and their friendship continues to grow over the years ... until they confront the decision whether to let their friendship develop into romance. [December 1 and December 3]
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The ultimate holiday classic takes audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment, set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score – playing one night only! [December 15]