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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, December 4; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, December 4; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, December 4. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.



Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common
Synopsis: “After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (4 reviews)

Director: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Queenie Samuel
Synopsis: “A horror comedy based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.”

The Letters

Director: William Riead
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow
Synopsis: “Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world. The Letters, as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveal a troubled and vulnerable women who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God.”

A Royal Night Out

Director: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Roger Allam, Ruth Sheen, Jack Laskey, Jack Gordon
Synopsis: “As WWII ends and peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.”


Almost There

Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden
Synopsis: “A coming-of-(old)-age story about Peter Anton, an elderly ‘outsider’ artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, ‘Almost There’ documents Anton’s first major exhibition and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. Each layer revealed reflects on the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles and Chicago on December 11th)

Arabian Nights

Director: Miguel Gomes
Cast: Joana de Verona, Gonçalo Waddington, Carloto Cotta, Rogério Samora, Adriano Luz, Diogo Dória, Teresa Madruga, Cristina Alfaiate, Cristina Alfaiate, Isabel Muñoz Cardoso, Luísa Cruz, Américo Silva, Dinarte Branco, Margarida Carpinteiro, João Pedro Bénard, Maria Rueff, Cristina Carvalhal, Tiago Fagulha, Bruno Bravo, Xico Xapas, Louison Tresallet
Synopsis: “Disturbed by the austerity measures imposed on his homeland, director Miguel Gomes commissioned journalists to gather true stories from all over the country that were then fictionalized. The result is a heady blend of the surreal and the all-too-real, told in a series of episodes where social realism is mixed in with the outright bizarre.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Bikes vs. Cars

Director: Fredrik Gertten
Synopsis: “‘Bikes vs Cars’ depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.” [SXSW Film Festival] 
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver)

The Boy and the Beast

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Shôta Sometani, Haru Kuroki, Suzu Hirose, Masahiko Tsugawa, Kappei Yamaguchi
Synopsis: “Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he’s looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Capture the Flag

Director: Enrique Gato
Cast: Dani Rovira, Michelle Jenner, Camilo García
Synopsis: “A ruthless billionaire is bent on exploiting the source of Helium 3, the clean energy of the future. His plan involves rewriting history to excise the feats of the Apollo XI astronauts and the Moon landing. Enter headstrong 12-year-old surfer, Mike Goldwing, who along with his friends, a small lizard with delusions of Godzilla-like grandeur, and his grandfather, travels to the Moon to thwart evil.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Phoenix and San Diego

Christmas, Again

Director: Charles Poekel
Cast: Kentucker Audley, Hannah Gross, Jason Shelton, Oona Roche
Synopsis: “For a fifth consecutive December, a heartbroken Noel returns to New York City to work the night shift at a sidewalk Christmas tree lot. Devoid of any holiday spirit, he struggles to stay awake during the long, chilly nights in his trailer, while the daytime traffic keeps him from getting any real rest. As he slowly spirals into despair, he comes to the aid of a mysterious young woman in the park. Her warming presence, matched with some colorful customers, help rescue him from self-destruction.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Christmas Eve

Director: Mitch Davis
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines, Jon Heder, Gary Cole, James Roday, Shawn King, Max Casella, Julianna Guill
Synopsis: “When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through – and change their lives in unexpected ways.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Diego and Seattle)

Close Range

Director: Isaac Florentine
Cast: Scott Adkins, Nick Chinlund, Caitlin Keats, Jake La Botz, Tony Perez, Madison Lawlor
Synopsis: “A rogue soldier turned outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Director: Mike Testin
Cast: Gene Jones, Kristina Klebe, Hassie Harrison, Peter Cilella, Richard Riehle
Synopsis: “After being diagnosed with dementia, an elderly war veteran is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse, only to find she harbors a sinister secret.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Director: Andrew Jenks
Synopsis: “In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. dream/killer is the story of how his father Bill embarked on 10-year campaign to prove Ryan’s innocence. The film is chock-full of incredible characters. From the questionable District Attorney Kevin Crane, and the highly-confused witness Chuck Erickson, to the high-powered Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner, the doc depicts both a highly flawed justice system, as well as one that can work brilliantly.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 11th)

Every Thing Will Be Fine

Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau, Peter Stormare
Synopsis: “The emotional odyssey of a struggling novelist whose life is turned upside down one wintry night when following a fatal car accident. The incident sets him on a soul-searching, decades-long journey towards redemption, a quest that profoundly touches the lives of both his girlfriend and the accident victim’s mother.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

The Girl King

Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Cast: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Girardot, Peter Lohmeyer, François Arnaud, Martina Gedeck, Patrick Bauchau, Jarmo Mäkinen, Petri Aulin, Janina Berman, Samuli Edelmann, Gabriele Goria, Mikko Kouki, Mikko Leppilampi
Synopsis: “A portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco and San Jose


Director: Kent Jones
Synopsis: “In 1962, François Truffaut conducted a week-long interview with Alfred Hitchcock, going through the master’s career film by film. The resulting book, ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut,’ remains one of the most influential cinema publications ever written. It was a project of lasting importance for Truffaut: seventeen years after the book’s first publication in 1967 and just before his own untimely death, he went back and prepared an updated edition. This documentary deepens the legacy of the project, bringing in contemporary directors to discuss the galvanizing effects of both Truffaut’s book and Hitchcock’s films.” [Toronto International Film Festival] 
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (15 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Kelly McCreary, Kristian Bruun
Synopsis: “In 1955, ambitious Hollywood photographer Dennis Stock and the then still unknown James Dean meet at one of Nicholas Ray’s parties. Stock recognises in the young actor, who has just completed filming East of Eden, an extraordinary talent and hopes to further his own career via a series of portraits for “Life” magazine. Newcomer Dean is stressed by studio boss Jack Warner’s demands for him to get on the PR bandwagon for Elia Kazan’s film and goes into hiding in the country. Stock accompanies the camera-shy star to his native ranch in Indiana where he has his roots. Once back in New York, Stock captures the world famous image which keeps the legend alive to this day.” [Berlin International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Reynor, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Elizabeth Debicki
Synopsis: “Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

The Messenger
Director: Su Rynard
Synopsis: “A documentary exploring our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, ‘The Messenger’ brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Columbus and Grand Rapids


Director: Bharat Nalluri
Cast: Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle, Lara Pulver, Elyes Gabel, Tuppence Middleton, Tim McInnerny, David Harewood, Peter Firth
Synopsis: “During a handover to the head of counter-terrorism of MI5 Harry Pearce, terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody. When Harry disappears soon after, his protégé Will Crombie is tasked with finding out what happened as an impending attack on London looms. Crombie eventually uncovers a conspiracy that runs from Vietnam to the Mediterranean.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Moomins on the Riviera
Directors: Xavier Picard & Hanna Hemilä
Cast: Maria Sid, Mats Långbacka, Kristoffer Gummerus, Alma Pöysti, Ragni Grönblom, Carl-Kristian Rundman, Irina Björklund, Christoffer Strandberg, C. G. Wenzel, Beata Harju, Paavo Kerosuo, Katariina Lohiniva, Martin Bahne
Synopsis: “The Moomins along with Little My and Snorkmaiden had a sea journey that after storms and desert island dangers leads the family to Riviera, the place that takes their unity to the test.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

My Friend Victoria

Director: Jean Paul Civeyrac
Cast: Guslagie Malanga, Nadia Moussa, Catherine Mouchet, Pascal Greggory, Tony Harrisson, Moussa Sylla, Alexis Loret, Pierre Andrau, Aurore Broutin
Synopsis: “A complex, poignant portrait of two young black women in contemporary Paris. The film follows them from childhood into adulthood, with the older Fanny narrating the story of her friend and adoptive sister. Aged eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever. As Fanny and Victoria’s destinies take them in separate directions, the drama offers a distinctly fresh take on racial identity in contemporary France – and on questions of class, privilege and blinkered liberal racism.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Night Owls

Director: Charles Hood
Cast: Adam Pally, Rosa Salazar, Rob Huebel, Peter Krause, Tony Hale
Synopsis: “Workaholic Kevin goes home with the beautiful trainwreck Madeline for a drunken one night stand, but he’s horrified to discover she’s actually his high profile boss’ jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. In order to prevent a media scandal, Kevin needs to keep her at the house until his boss arrives in the morning. As Madeline and Kevin banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other. When Kevin’s boss shows up at the house in the morning, Kevin and Madeline must decide where their loyalties lie.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Seattle and Tamps)

Only the Dead

Directors: Bill Guttentag & Michael Ware
Synopsis: “In 2003, Australian journalist Michael Ware found himself in Baghdad following the invasion of Iraq, reporting for US media outlets. As the façade of success in Iraq was falling apart, the first suicide bombings in the city took place. Ware was on the trail of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, a brutal Al Qaeda leader, with plans to set the country at odds. When Zarqawi decided to go public, Ware received a tape… and so began a journey that shocked the world and tested the war reporter to his very limits.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Director: Jeanie Finlay
Synopsis: “August 16, 1977. All of America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley’s untimely passing. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn’t be true. Somehow he had faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. But who was the man behind the mask?” [Tribeca Film Festival] 
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 11th)

River of Fundament

Director: Matthew Barney
Cast: Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle, Milford Graves, John Buffalo Mailer, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Madyn G. Coakly, Paul Giamatti, Joan La Barbara, Stephen Payne, Aimee Mullins, Matthew Barney, Jennie Knaggs, Herbert Perry, Eugene Perry, Brennan Hall, Shara Worden, Elaine Stritch
Synopsis: “Visionary artist Matthew Barney returns to cinema with this 3-part epic, a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Director: N.C. Heikin
Synopsis: “The hell-and-back life of the late, great L.A. alto sax legend Frank Morgan. A prodigy who was acclaimed as the natural heir to his bebop mentor, Charlie Parker, Morgan’s career was derailed by heroin, which led him into a life of crime. After decades in prison, he made an astonishing comeback, leaving behind recordings of deep, melancholy beauty.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 18th)

Uncle Nick

Director: Chris Kasick
Cast: Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster, Missi Pyle, Scott Adsit, Beau Ballinger, Melia Renee, Jacob Houston, Joe Nunez, Annie Savage, Suzanne Sumner Ferry, Michael D. Reynolds, Don DiPetta, Rootie J. Boyd, Rick Rosner, Nick Greene, Freddie Edo, Michael Rippe, Lori Jean Wilson, Timothy Dance, Kee Broussard, Kathleen Anderson
Synopsis: “A drunk uncle attempts to score with his flirtatious step-niece on Christmas Eve.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

The Wannabe

Director: Nick Sandow
Cast: Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette, Michael Imperioli, Vincenzo Amato, Doug E. Doug, Domenick Lombardozzi, David Zayas, Mike Starr, Nick Sandow, Slaine, Joseph Siravo, Daniel Serafin, Neal Huff, Adriana DeMeo
Synopsis: “Gotti-obsessed and hopelessly in love, Thomas and Rose are looking to fit in to a neighborhood where mob-ties equal social currency. Amidst events surrounding the 1992 trial of John Gotti, Thomas and Rose attempt to make their mark.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

We Are Many
Director: Amir Amirani
Synopsis: “The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 11th)

The World of Kanako

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ai Hashimoto, Joe Odagiri, Fumi Nikaidô
Synopsis: “Showa Fujishima is a former detective. One day, his daughter Kanako, who is a model student, disappears. To find his daughter, he investigates more carefully into his daughter’s life. He then becomes involved in a shocking situation.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and San Diego)


Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda
Synopsis: “Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching their eighties, are enjoying a vacation in a lovely hotel in the foothills of the Alps. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, has no intention of returning to his music career which he dropped a long time ago, while Mick, a director, is still working, hurrying to finish the screenplay of his latest film. Both friends know that their days are numbered and decide to face their future together. But unlike them, no one else seems worried about the passing of time…” [Cannes Film Festival] 
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (25 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, MI and Silver Spring, MD

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