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.)

A note to readers

The annual Holiday Movie Sneaks section published by the Los Angeles Times typically includes features on movies from all major studios, reflecting the diversity of films Hollywood offers during the holidays, one of the busiest box-office periods of the year. This year, Walt Disney Co. studios declined to offer The Times advance screenings, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with Anaheim. The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public.

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