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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, December 11; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, December 11; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, December 11. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Big Short

Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan, Selena Gomez, Marisa Tomei, Max Greenfield, Tracy Letts, Finn Wittrock, Billy Magnussen, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Al Sapienza, Jeremy Strong
Synopsis: “When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (13 reviews)

In the Heart of the Sea

Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Jordi Mollà
Synopsis: “Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (7 reviews)


American Hero

Director: Nick Love
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin
Synopsis: “Melvin, a reluctant hero who is far from super, has been suppressing his telekinetic powers for years with booze, drugs, and women. In the process, he has failed at practically everything, most of all as a parent to his son. After a brush with death, Melvin decides to use his powers for good and clean up the streets of New Orleans with the help of his best friend/definitely-not-a-sidekick, Lucille. For a man who can do the impossible, it might be a fight even he can’t win.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Bleeding Heart

Director: Diane Bell
Cast: Zosia Mamet, Jessica Biel, Edi Gathegi, Joe Anderson, Kate Burton, Harry Hamlin, Exie Booker, Sherina Mikasa, Kat Purgal, LaToya Gulley, Michelle Brew, Espie Randolph, Unati Mangaliso, Deepak Ramapriyan, Nandini Bapat, Mauricio Gomez Amoretti
Synopsis: “‘Bleeding Heart’ follows the story of May (Biel), a yoga instructor who finds herself behaving in ways she’d never have imagined herself, in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister, Shiva (Mamet) from a less than savory boyfriend. Kate Burton (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Edi Gathegi (“X-Men: First Class”) and Joe Anderson (“Hannibal”) also star.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Directors: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
Cast: Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, Larry Fessenden, Adam Cornelius
Synopsis: “A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Boy and the World

Director: Alê Abreu
Cast: Vinicius Garcia, Emicida, Naná Vasconcelos, Alê Abreu
Synopsis: “Enter the whimsy of a small child fascinated by all that the quiet countryside offers. His cozy life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting the boy to embark on a quest to re-unite his family. What he is not prepared for is a new world of industrialism and modern technology.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Director: Michael Larnell
Cast: George Sample III, Zurich Buckner, Brian Kowalski, Landra Taylor
Synopsis: “Louis and Jack have been friends since forever, so how could anything as lame as adulthood change that? But Louis’s first adorable attempts at grown-folk business are increasingly at odds with Jack’s ceaseless quest for new fucks not to give. One hot summer day, Louis makes plans with his new friend Andrew, and Jack refuses to get left behind, both metaphorically and literally. Twenty-four hours later, everything has changed.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Hank Bedford
Cast: Chris Zylka, Riley Keough, Faith Hill
Synopsis: “In the hot lazy days of a Mississippi summer two star-crossed lovers, a recently released ex-con and an aspiring stripper become trapped in a downward spiral of crime and obsessive love, as they try to ditch their small town lives.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Don Verdean

Director: Jared Hess
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte, Leslie Bibb, Steve Park, Sky Elobar
Synopsis: “Don Verdean is a man of faith who has devoted his life to biblical archaeology, scouring the globe in search of artifacts that back up the teachings of Jesus Christ. Now, traveling from town to town, he and his devoted assistant, Carol, spread the gospel by peddling books and DVDs out of his shabby RV while his Holy Land contacts, Boaz and Shem, do the digging from afar. When evangelical preacher Tony Lazarus offers to bankroll Don’s modest roadside operation, the escalating pressure to find increasingly significant relics leads Don and his team down a less-than-righteous path. With more than just the word of God on the line, Don finds himself in the midst of a spiteful feud between two opposing congregations, leaving him to question what is truly important in life.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle)

The Girl in the Book

Director: Marya Cohn
Cast: Emily Van Camp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Cristofer, Talia Balsam, Ana Mulvoy-Ten
Synopsis: “29-year-old assistant editor and aspiring writer Alice Harvey is funny, smart and emotionally self-destructive. Climbing the ranks at a notable publishing company, she struggles to write her own story, forever stymied by memories of her youthful relationship with her dad’s best friend, Milan. After 15 years Milan and Alice’s paths cross once again, forcing them to confront events that have long gone unaddressed.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Snervous Tyler Oakley

Director: Amy Rice
Synopsis: “After eight years of sharing snippets of his life online, see the intimate truth of Tyler Oakley’s relationship with family, followers and fame on his sold out international tour.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Stinking Heaven

Director: Nathan Silver
Cast: Hannah Gross, Keith Poulson, Deragh Campbell, Eléonore Hendricks, Tallie Medel, Henri Douvry, Jay Giampietro, Jason Grisell, Eileen Kearney, Larry Novak, Eleanore Pienta, Carl Kranz, Diane Lanyi, Julie Marcus
Synopsis: “Married couple Jim and Lucy run a commune in the early 90’s for sober living out of their suburban New Jersey home. The motley members eat, bathe and work together selling homemade ‘health tea’ out of their van. Although there’s constant bickering and plenty of fires to be put out, Jim and Lucy have managed to establish a haven for these outcasts. But the harmony is interrupted when Ann, a recovering addict and the ex-lover of one housemate, arrives. Ann’s insidious presence sends the members spiraling out of control, resulting in paranoia, drug relapse and eventually death.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (also available on Fandor, iTunes and other platforms)

Sunday Ball

Director: Eryk Rocha
Synopsis: “Set in the Sampaio neighborhood (close to the Maracanã Stadium, where the 2014 World Cup final was held), ‘Sunday Ball’ brings audiences up-close to a final match between two rival teams: Geração (from the Matriz favela) and Juventude (from the Sampaio favela).”
Theatrical Release: New York

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