From escapist franchise fare to festival darlings and awards hopefuls, the holiday season features some of Hollywood's most diverse slate of movies. One of the busiest box-office periods of the year, the films hitting theaters between now and mid January include "Justice League," "I, Tonya," "The Shape of Water," "Molly's Game" and more. Get a closer look at some of the most-anticipated films in the Times' 2017 Holiday Movie Preview. (This year's coverage excludes films from the Walt Disney Co. studios.)

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' could finally be Sam Rockwell's ticket to awards season

 (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Please excuse Sam Rockwell if he’s feeling a little exhausted lately. He’s been channeling former President George W. Bush for “The Big Short” director Adam McKay’s next film, “Backseat,” which stars Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as his wife, Lynne. The unusual role is just the latest in a wildly varied professional career that has averaged two movies a year for the last 20 years.

“I’d like to slow down. I think I need to slow down a little bit. I’m a little tired. But you take the work when you can get it, I guess,” the New York-based Rockwell said last month at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.

He was briefly in L.A. as part of an ongoing tour supporting “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won the coveted audience award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival -- following a rapturous reception at the Venice Film Festival -- and is expected to be a major player in multiple categories this awards season.


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