The best Chrismas Day movies for 2018
The gift-giving has to end eventually.
Everything is open and dinner has happened—what comes next? The movies. If you've maxed out on family time, take the opportunity to cash in some of that holiday money on a film. Not only are the holidays the absolute best time to catch some awards contenders, it's also that rare time of the year that there's probably a movie in theatres that everyone will love.
Here are the best movies to see on the 25th of December this year
Mary Poppins Returns
There's something about Mary. A full 54 years after the original came out, Emily Blunt is ready to pick up her umbrella and bottomless bag to go check back in on the Banks children. If you're worried about trying to recreate a classic, don't worry. This isn't a remake of Mary Poppins. That story has been told already. Think of this as more of a necessary check-in, you know... a half-century later.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk is already in the awards discussion. Pair that with the performances of Stephan James (Homecoming) and the incomparable Regina King, this novel-to-screen adaptation set in 1970s Harlem is absolutely worth your time.
DC Comics has had a tough run against the mega giant that is Marvel, but if anyone can flip the script, it appears that it's Aquaman. Led by Jason Mamoa, the underwater superhero tale has been in the works for quite some time, and the best news of all: it turns out that Julie Andrews is playing a character described as the "most powerful" force in the world. Sounds right.
Welcome to Marwen
Steve Carrell is having quite a year, but between Beautiful Boy and Welcome to Marwen, we'd recommend checking this one out. Playing a victim of neo-Nazi hate crimes, Carrell turns out a brave performance as a man who's created his own world, shaped by dolls influenced by the women in his life helping him to find the strength to be who he was before the attack.
Is Second Act high cinema? No. But it does have Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia, and Jennifer Lopez in one movie about a woman faking her background to make a professional move up in the world. It's definitely a mom-flex kind of movie, but those can be good, too. Or, hey: if your guilty pleasure is stories of women in midlife finding a renewed purpose, then have at it.
Starring J.K. Simmons, American Renegades follows a group of Navy SEALS in Europe who discover a fortune at the bottom of a lake. Instead of doing the job they were sent into do, they go a bit rogue and try to recover the chest of gold on their own.
Vice is the political Oscar contender of the year and one of the latest releases into this year's race. Following former Vice President Dick Cheney's historically controversial tenure in office, the all-star cast features Christian Bale as Cheney, Amy Adams as his wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, and a lot of prosthetic makeup.
Holmes & Watson
John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell reunite in this revamp of Sherlock Holmes, but this time it's more absurd than you've ever seen it before. Exactly what you think Reilly and Ferrell might turn out. Expect nothing less than anachronistic nonsense from this Talladega Nights duo.
The Nicole Kidman-led Destroyer looks dark, but Kidman is at her best when she's gritty, broken, and unhinged. Dredging up an undercover assignment from her past, a police detective tries to make peace on a case that's haunted her through most of her life.