The holidays are upon us as audiences can enjoy that special seasonal entertainment in theaters, at home or on the go using their devices while theater goers will choose from several high-profile pics this month (NOTE: all release dates are subject to change).
On the first of December, the Netflix streaming service will offer the television movies Angels in the Snow, Holiday Engagement, Merry Kissmas and The Spirit of Christmas.
Other Netflix releases will include 2016 films like animated The Angry Birds Movie and Leonard Nimoy documentary For the Love of Spock plus family classics like D2: The Mighty Ducks and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
On the 3rd, Netflix will begin their large cavalcade of original series releases this month with Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 2 about young musicians discovering their talents in a special after-school program.
On the 6th, home video releases will include the animated comedy The Secret Lives of Pets and the family comedy-drama The Great Gilly Hopkins starring young rising star Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes) and Glenn Close.
Jason Bourne continues the popular action film series as Matt Damon returns to star in his fourth installment with three-time series director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips).
Office Christmas Party will open their doors on the ninth in theaters on the ninth along with the drama Manchester by the Sea and the romantic musical La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, aims to impress in limited release (wide on the 16th) with memorable music and incredible visuals.
Netflix will release several original series seasons: Fuller House (second season), Cirque du Soleil Junior and Medici: Masters of Florence starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden plus sci-fi actioner Spectral.
Home video releases for the 13th will include Florence Foster Jenkins, DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, and Bridget Jones’s Baby starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey while Netflix will release the first season on the sci-fi series Colony.
Look for the first season of the 10-part Versailles series on the 14th, which is set in France during the reign of King Louis XIV.
Plan for your theater seat at the sci-fi epic Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the 16th along with Collateral Beauty, a life drama starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton, and Kate Winslet.
On Netflix, The Adventures of Puss in Boots continues with season four while the award winning No Second Chance series will also debut along with the biography about young Barack Obama Barry, and Call Me Francis, a four-part biographical miniseries that chronicles Pope Francis’ life.
Home video releases coming on the 20th include the animated comedy Storks, heroic drama Sully, western The Magnificent Seven and Greater a biopic about college football walk-on Brandon Burlsworth
Check out the following movies in theaters on the 21st: video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, space station epic Passengers starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and animated animal feature Sing centering on a music contest. The drama chronicling the tragic Boston Marathon bombing Patriot’s Day will also debut in limited release.
On the 23rd, theaters will release the family comedy Why Him? starring Bryan Cranston as a Dad not very confident in his daughter’s new boyfriend, played by James Franco.
Limited releases include director Martin Scorsese’s historical drama Silence starring Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Liam Neeson and Adam Driver.
The visually striking drama A Monster Calls will also get a limited release and stars rising young star Lewis MacDougall (Pan) as a boy coping with the illness of his mother, played by Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell also star along with the voice talents of Liam Neeson.
Netflix will debut their sci-fi time traveling series Travelers and the DreamWorks animated Trollhunters.
Christmas Day theatrical releases will include Fences where Denzel Washington stars and directs Fences, the period drama based on the play.
Limited releases will include the father-daughter drama Toni Erdmann, periodic mob thriller Live by Night and comedy drama 20th Century Women, set in the 1970s, starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig.
The inspiring historical NASA drama Hidden Figures will also get a limited release and features female mathematicians portrayed by Taraji P. Henson (Empire TV series), Octavia Spencer (The Help), and singer Janelle Monae. Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst also star.
Netflix will meet superhero demands with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which continues a special Disney deal where the streaming service gets prime releases soon after their official home video release date.
On the 27th, home video releases will include director Oliver Stone’s latest political thriller Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Shailene Woodley and Melissa Leo.