Hollywood pulls out the big holiday movie game

Major entries mark Hollywood’s holiday preview, highlighted by year-end award nominees as the nation seeks to achieve post-pandemic normalcy. (Release dates subject to change.)

NOVEMBER 18

‘She Said’ – The race of two New York Times reporters (Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan) to expose the sexual abuse of Harvey Weinstein.

‘The Menu’ – A dark comedic horror entry serves up Ralph Fiennes as a deranged chef.

‘The Inspection’ – True story of a gay man (Jeremy Pope) who joins the Marines to seduce his homophobic mother (Gabrielle Union).

NOVEMBER 23

‘Strange World’ – Disney’s 61st animated feature, a sci-fi action adventure starring the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.

‘The Fabelmans’ – Steven Spielberg’s fictionalized autobiographical account of his movie-centric youth. Won the Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award, often a strong predictor of Best Picture at the Oscars.

‘Devotion’ – The Navy’s first black aviator flies in war-torn 1950s Korea.

‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ – Daniel Craig returns as Detective Benoit Blanc in another Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.

‘Bones and All’ – Cannibal Timothee Chalamet travels across America in search of love.

‘All the beauty and the bloodshed’ – Laura Poitras’ revealing documentary shows how photographer-turned-activist Nan Goldin brought down the Sacklers. Won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion.

‘White Noise’ – (Opens November 25) From Don DeLillo’s postmodern novel, Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are a couple freaked out by ’80s America.

‘The Son’ Hugh – (Opens Nov. 25) Jackman is aiming for a second Best Actor Oscar nomination in this semi-sequel to Oscar winner Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father.’ Here, Anthony Hopkins picks up on that father as his son Jackman suffers mightily with his own teenage son.

DEC 2

“Women Talking” — Writer-director Sarah Polley lets women participate in a debate about a religious cult to escape physical and sexual abuse from their men. Frances McDormand produced and co-stars.

‘Emancipation’ – Will Smith as a historical figure crucial to ending slavery.

9 DEC

‘Empire of Light’ – Olivia Colman struggles to work in the 1980s in a classic play of British cinema.

‘The Whale’ – Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed turn as an obese invalid makes him a staple.

December 16

‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’ – James Cameron’s first sequel to his 2007 blockbuster, with several more in the works.

21-23 DEC

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ – A Whitney Houston biopic produced by her mentor (and starring Stanley Tucci).

‘Bodice’ – Vicky Krieps as Elisabeth, the ill-fated 19th-century Empress of Austria.

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