Every movie being released this holiday season, including 'Silence,' 'Star Wars,' 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Elle,' and more

Nov. 11

Almost Christmas

In the spirit of the holiday, a family patriarch asks his family to get along for five days. With Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher and DC Young Fly. Written and directed by David E. Talbert. Universal Pictures

Anne Frank: Then and Now

Documentary about five tenage Palestinian girls learn about the famous Jewish diarist, whose story is generally untold in the Arab world, by participating in a dramatization. Featuring producer Branko Lustig. Directed by by Jakov Sedlar and Dominik Sedlar. Cinemaflix / Laemmle

Arrival

Amy Adams stars as an expert linguist who leads a team attempting to communicate with an alien spacecraft as the world teeters on the brink of war. With Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. Written By Eric Heisserer. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Paramount Pictures

Beauty Bites Beast

Female empowerment through self-defense is explored in this documentary. Directed by Ellen Snortland. Providence Entertainment / El Halev

Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire

Documentary on American POWs in World War II, who were captured by the Japanese Army in the Philippines and sent to work as slave labor in Manchuria. Directed by Richard L. Anderson, Shen Haofang. Trace Images / North United Film & Television Ltd.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

A U.S. war hero, returned from Iraq, remembers the horror and brutality that led him to be honored during a football game. With Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin. Written by Jean-Christophe Castelli, based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Directed by Ang Lee. Tristar Pictures

Come and Find Me

After a man’s girlfriend disappears, he tracks her and learns she has been leading a double life. With Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt. Written and directed by Zack Whedon. Saban Films / Lionsgate

Don't Call Me Son

An androgynous Brazilian teen is reluctantly returned to his birth family after he learns the woman who raised him stole him when he was a baby. With Dani Nefussi, Naomi Nero. Written and directed by Anna Muylaert. Zeitgeist Films

Don’t Look Down

Documentary on music mogul-turned-airline founder Richard Branson and his efforts to to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. Featuring Richard Branson, Eve Branson, Per Lindstrand. Directed by Daniel Gordon. Gravitas Ventures

The Drama Club

High school thespians reunite 20 years later. With Dane Bowman, Chelsea Brandt, Chris Ciccarelli. Written and directed by Joe McClean. Ginger Beard Films / Lakeview Pictures

Dreamland

A struggling L.A. musician takes a gig at a swanky bar where he meets an older, wealthy femme fatale and begins a life altering affair. With Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman. Written and directed by Robert Schwartzman. Orion Pictures / Gunpowder & Sky

Hara Kiri

Two skate kids decide how they want to spend and end their last day on Earth. With Ruth Connell, Mojean Aria, Jamie Nocher. Written and directed by Henry Alberto. Breaking Glass Pictures

Ice Guardians

Documentary on the National Hockey League's ultimate tough guys, the enforcers. Featuring Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, Clark Gillies, Dave Semenko. Written by Brett Harvey and Scott Dodds. Directed by Harvey. Upstream Flix

Iron Moon

Five Chinese workers write poetry to express themselves in this documentary. Directed by Qin Xiaoyu, Wu Feiyue. Medoc / Shangai Eternity

Ivory. A Crime Story

Investigative documentary on the massacre of African elephants. Written and directed by Sergey Yastrzhembsky. New World Cinemas

Lazy Eye

A gay graphic designer deals with vision problems and the reappearance of a former lover. With Lucas Ner-Verbugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis, Michaela Watkins. Written and directed by Tim Kirkman. Breaking Glass Pictures

The Love Witch

The powerful spells of a beautiful, groovy young witch are too much for the lovelorn saps who are pursuing her amid a murder investigation. With Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell. Written and directed by Anna Biller. Oscilloscope Laboratories

The Monster

A young divorced mother and her daughter are stranded after a collision on a dark and stormy night and soon learn they are not alone. With Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Scott Speedman. Written and directed by Bryan Bertino. A24

No Pay, Nudity

Gabriel Byrne plays a veteran actor trying to get his groove back. With Frances Conroy and Nathan Lane. Written by Ethan Sandler. Directed by Lee Wilkof. Monterey Media

Rainbow Time

A man and his girlfriend deal with his older, mentally challenged brother — a sexually curious 40-year-old virgin. With Melanie Lynskey, Linas Phillips, Timm Sharp. Written and directed by Phillips. The Orchard

Shut In

A child psychologist believes she and her son are being haunted by the spirit of a patient who disappeared. With Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, David Cubitt, Jacob Tremblay. Written by Christina Hodson. Directed by Farren Blackburn. Europacorp

The Trans List

Trans author and advocate Janet Mock examines the experiences of Americans who identify as transgender. Featuring Kylar Broadus, Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. HBO Documentary Films

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

The dramatic story of American sailors shipwrecked in shark-infested waters near the end of World War II. With Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, James Remar. Written by Cam Cannon, Richard Rionda Del Castro. Directed by Mario Van Peebles. Lionsgate / Saban Films


Nov. 16

Elle

Isabelle Huppert plays the ruthless head of a video game company who is attacked in her home and drawn into a different type of game. With Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny. Written by David Birke, based on the novel “Oh…” by Philippe Djian. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Sony Pictures Classics

Hunter Gatherer

Newly released from prison, a young man makes a fresh start but still hopes to win back his true love. With Andre Royo, George Sample III, Kellee Stewart, Ashley Wilkerson. Written and directed by Josh Locy. The Orchard


Nov. 18

Ali and Nino

The love between a Muslim man and a Christian woman in Azerbaijan is tested by cultural differences and the arrival of World War I. With Adam Bakri, Maria Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen. Written by Christopher Hampton, based on a novel by Kurban Said. Directed by Asif Kapadia. IFC Films

The Anthropologist

Documentary examines climate change from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate, who for five years accompanies her mother, Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. Argot Pictures

Asperger's Are Us

Four friends on the Asperger's spectrum perform as a comedy troupe and prepare to go their own ways in this coming-of-age documentary. Written and directed by Alex Lehmann. Duplass Brothers Productions

Bleed for This

Miles Teller stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a boxer who suffered a death-defying car accident that severed his spine, only to battle back and reclaim his world title with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney. With Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal. Written by Ben Younger; story by Younger & Pippa Blanco and Angelo Pizzo. Directed by Younger. Open Road Films

Blood on the Mountain

The economic and environmental injustices faced by the people of West Virginia are explored in this documentary. Directed by Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman. Abramorama

Disturbing the Peace

Former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters join together as nonviolent peace activists in this documentary. Featuring Combatants for Peace. Directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young. Abramorama

The Edge of Seventeen

Adolescence gets worse for a teenage girl when her impossibly perfect older brother starts dating her best friend. With Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson. Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. STX Entertainment

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Eddie Redmayne stars as Magizoologist Newt Scamander, whose misadventures in New York City include the escape of recently collected creatures. With Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. Written by J.K. Rowling. Directed by David Yates. Warner Bros.

I Am Not Madame Bovary

A married Chinese couple's attempt to secure a second apartment through subterfuge leads to a falling-out and a lengthy string of court battles. With Fan Bingbing, Guo Tao, Da Peng. Written by Liu Zhenyun, based on her novel “I Did Not Kill My Husband.” Directed by Feng Xiaogang. Well Go USA Entertainment

Life on the Line

Electrical linemen risk their lives to keep the grid running as a raging storm bears down on their Texas town. With John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Sharon Stone. Written by Primo Brown, Marvin Peart, Peter I. Horton. Directed by David Hackl. Lionsgate Premiere

Manchester By the Sea

Casey Affleck plays a Boston janitor with a tragic past who returns to his hometown to care for his teenage nephew after his older brother dies. With Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, C.J. Wilson. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Amazon Studios / Roadside Attractions

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing

Documentary covers the April 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon from the events of that day through the death penalty sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Produced in association with the Boston Globe. HBO Documentary Films

National Bird

Three U.S. military veterans blow the whistle on America's secret drone war in which attacks are carried out remotely in foreign countries. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck. FilmRise

Nobody Walks in L.A.

At crossroads in their respective lives, two longtime friends hit the streets of Los Angeles. With Kim Shaw and Adam Shapiro. Written and directed by Jesse Shapiro. Indie Rights

Nocturnal Animals

A divorced couple whose relationship takes a dark turn after he writes a novel. With Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen. Written and directed by Tom Ford, based on the novel "Tony and Susan" by Austin Wright. Focus Features

Peter and the Farm

Peter Dunning, the alcoholic and regretful proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont, reflects on his three wives, four children and 38 harvests in this documentary. Directed by Peter Stone. Magnolia Pictures

The Red Turtle

Stranded on an island with turtles, crabs and birds, a man experiences the milestones of being human in this silent animated film. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. Sony Pictures Classics

A Street Cat Named Bob

A down-and-out Londoner turns his life around after he nurses a wily tom cat back to health. With Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head. Written by Tim John & Maria Nation, based on the book by James Bowen. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Cleopatra Films

The Take

A CIA agent uses an American pickpocket in Paris to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. With Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon. Written by Andrew Baldwin and James Watkins. Directed by Watkins. High Top Releasing


Nov. 23

Allied

Brad Pitt stars as a World War II intelligence officer romantically involved with French Resistance fighter Marion Cotillard. With Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan. Written By Steven Knight. Directed By Robert Zemeckis. Paramount Pictures

Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox reunite as they attempt to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. With Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly. Written by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross, based on characters by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. Directed by Mark Waters. Broad Green Films

Moana

A teenage Pacific Islander sets out to sea to save her people, guided by the demigod Maui in this animated adventure. Voices by Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk. Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker. Featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i. Walt Disney Pictures

Rules Don't Apply

A rising actress and an ambitious driver pursue a verboten relationship in Howard Hughes' Hollywood of 1958. With Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen. Written and directed by Beatty, story by Beatty and Bo Goldman. 20th Century Fox


Nov. 25

Baden Baden

A young French woman impulsively quits her job, takes up with an ex and attempts to make over her grandmother's bathroom. With Salomé Richard. Written and directed by Rachel Lang. Mubi

Esteros

Teenage boys become lovers, but circumstances force one to reject his lifelong friend until they are reunited years later. With Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini, Joaquin Parada. Written by Andi Nachon. Directed by Papu Curotto. Breaking Glass Pictures

Evolution

Eerie allegorical French tale about an island where boys are raised by women and the biological imperative has taken a transformative turn. With Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier. Written by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Alante Kavaite. Directed by Hadzihalilovic. IFC Midnight

Lion

Twenty-five years after being adopted by an Australian family, a young Indian man sets out to find the family he was separated from when he took a wrong train as a 5-year-old. With Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar. Written by Luke Davies, based on the memoir "A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. Directed by Garth Davis. Weinstein Co,

Magnus

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen is profiled in this documentary. Featuring Garry Kasparov. Directed by Benjamin Ree. FilmRise

Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain stars as a shrewd D.C. lobbyist facing a powerful adversary. With Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg. Written by Jonathan Perera. Directed by John Madden. Europacorp

Notes on Blindness

Expanding on the Emmy-winning short of the same title, this documentary uses audio recordings made by writer and theologian John Hull, chronicling his loss of sight. Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. Bond/360

On the Map

Documentary on the improbable run of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s basketball team to win the 1977 European Cup. Featuring Michael Oren, Natan Sharansky. Directed by Dani Menkin. Hey Jude Productions

Seasons

Filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud explore the evolution of the lush green forests that emerged across Europe after the last Ice Age. Written by Perrin, Cluzaud, Stephane Durand. Music Box Films

Tank 432

A group of soldiers and their hostages take refuge in a military assault vehicle but soon find themselves trapped and terrified. With Rupert Evans, Michael Smiley, April Pearson. Written and directed by Nick Gillespie. IFC Midnight


Dec. 2

Always Shine

Two friends, both actresses, retreat to Big Sur, where they assess the damage years of competition and betrayal has caused to their relationship. With Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald, Lawrence Michael Levine. Written by Levine. Directed by Sophia Takal. Oscilloscope Laboratories

Anonymous

When his family has financial trouble, a computer savvy teen turns to cyber crime and identify theft. Written by Sanzhar Sultan. Directed by Akan Satayev. With Callan McAuliffe, Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins Jr. Archstone Distribution

The Comedian

A former comedy star struggles to reinvent himself but finds inspiration in a woman he meets while doing community service after a confrontation with an audience member. With Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Cloris Leachman, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco. Written by Art Linson, Jeff Ross, Richard Lagravenese, Lewis Friedman, story by Art Linson. Directed by Taylor Hackford. Sony Pictures Classics

Evan’s Crime

When a young man sent to prison on bogus drug charges is released, he must decide whether to seek revenge on the overzealous district attorney who prosecuted him. With Douglas Smith, David Arquette, Annika Noelle. Written by David Assael, Dale Rosenbloom, Sandy Tung. Directed by Tung. Gunpowder & Sky Distribution

The Eyes of My Mother

A young Portuguese-American girl witnesses a horrific event that gradually unleashes a dark curiosity within her. With Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Clara Wong. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce. Magnet Releasing

Finding Babel

Andrei Malaev-Babel marks the 75th anniversary of the execution of his grandfather, writer Isaac Babel, by traveling through Ukraine, France and Russia, connection the locations to the elder Babel's stories. Featuring the voice of Liev Schreiber. Written by Andrei Malaev-Babel. Directed by David Novack. 7th Art Releasing

Incarnate

A scientist uses his subconscious powers to rescue a young boy possessed by a powerful demon. With Aaron Eckhart, Carice Van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno. Written by Ronnie Christensen. Directed by Brad Peyton. BH Tilt

Jackie

Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the days immediately after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. With Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt. Written by Noah Oppenheim. Directed by Pablo Larraín. Fox Searchlight

Kidnap

Halle Berry stars as a mother intent on rescuing her kidnapped son. With Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple. Written by Knate Gwaltney. Directed by Luis Prieto. Relativity Media

Man Down

A Marine veteran returns from Afghanistan and searches for his estranged wife and son. With Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins, Charlie Shotwell, Gary Oldman. Written by Adam Simon. Directed by Dito Montiel. Lionsgate Premiere

Mifune

Documentary on Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune and his extraordinary collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa. Narrated by Keanu Reeves. Featuring Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Takeshi Kato. Written by Steven Okazaki and Stuart Galbraith IV. Directed by Okazaki. Strand Releasing

Pet

An animal shelter worker takes his interest in a young woman to extremes. With Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy. Written by Jeremy Slater. Directed by Carles Torrens. Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films

Pocket Listing

A desperate real estate agent is offered a chance to quickly sell a Malibu villa belonging to a seductive woman and her shady oil tycoon husband. With James Jurdi, Jessica Clark, Burt Reynolds, Rob Lowe. Written by Jurdi. Directed by Conor Allyn. Momentum Pictures

Run the Tide

A young man takes his younger brother on the run to escape their drug addict mother. With Taylor Lautner, Constance Zimmer, Kenny Johnson. Written by Rajiv Shah. Directed by Soham Mehta. Momentum Pictures

Sins of Our Youth

Four teenagers accidentally kill a younger boy while recklessly firing assualt rifles. With Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Michael Musso, Ally Sheedy. Written by Edmund Entin. Directed by Gary Entin. Breaking Glass Pictures

Siren

A young man's attempt to rescue a seemingly innocent young girl from a supernatural sex club during his bachelor party leaves him as prey for a fabled predator. With Chase Williamson, Justin Welborn, Michael Aaron Milligan. Written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, based on a short by David Bruckner. Directed by Gregg Bishop. Chiller Films

Things to Come

A philosophy professor faces a new life after her husband leaves her and the death of her difficult mother. With Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Edith Scob. Written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. Sundance Selects


Dec. 9

Abattoir

After a family tragedy, an investigative reporter discovers a mysterious man who buys houses where murders have occurred for unimaginable purposes. With Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye. Written by Christopher Monfette. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Momentum Pictures

All We Had

A struggling young mother and her teenage daughter find refuge and a new life in a small town. With Katie Holmes, Stefania Owen, Luke Wilson, Richard Kind, Eve Lindley. Directed by Holmes. Written by Josh Boone, Jill Killington, based on a novel by Annie Weatherwax. Gravitas Ventures

Best and Most Beautiful Things

A blind 20-year-old Maine woman on the autism spectrum seeks community, romance and empowerment in this documentary. Featuring Michelle Smith. Directed by Garrett Zevgetis. First Run Features

Beyond the Gates

While liquidating the contents of their father's video store, two brothers discover a lethal VCR board game that may hold clues to his disappearance. With Barbara Crampton, Brea Grant, Ryan Kunert. Written by Stephen Scarlata, Jackson Stewart. Directed by Stewart. IFC Midnight

Brand New Testament

The 10-year-old daughter of God, who lives in an apartment in Brussels, hacks his computer, releasing the date of the deaths of everyone in the world, then selects six apostles to tell their stories. With Pili Groyne, Benoit Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve. Written by Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael. Directed by Van Dormael. Music Box Films

Burn Country

An Afghan refugee lands in Northern California where he works as a journalist in a small town and stumbles into the violent underbelly of its backwoods. With Dominic Rains, James Franco, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan. Written by Paul Felten & Ian Olds. Directed by Olds. Samuel Goldwyn Films / Orion Pictures

Frank & Lola

The fiery passion between a chef and an aspiring fashion designer devolves into obsession, jealousy and revenge. With Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos and Rosanna Arquette. Written and directed by Matthew Ross. Paladin

Harry Benson: Shoot First

Documentary on the photographer known for his coverage of the Beatles in 1964 and images of such iconic 20th century figures as Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. Written and directed by Justin Bare, Matthew Miele. Magnolia Pictures

Kill Ratio

An American operative faces off against an Eastern European military despot seeking to take over a newly formed democracy. With Tom Hopper, Amy Huberman, Lacy Moore. Written by Steven Palmer Peterson. Directed by Paul Tanter. XLrator Entertainment

La La Land

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as a jazz musician and an actress pursuing their career dreams and romance in this musical set in contemporary Los Angeles. With John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott, Josh Pence. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Summit Entertainment

Land of Mine

German POWs, at the end of WWII, are forced to clear land mines on the Danish coasts. With Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Louis Hofmann. Written and directed by Martin Zandvliet. Sony Pictures Classics

Office Christmas Party

The brother of a CEO plans an epic holiday celebration to land an important client and prevent his sister from closing his branch. With Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston. Written by Justin Malen and Laura Solon, story by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore and Dan Mazer. Directed by Will Speck & Josh Gordon. Paramount Pictures

Old Stone

An accident plunges a Chinese taxi driver into a nightmare that takes exceedingly darker turns. With Chen Gang, Nai An; Wang Hongwei. Written and directed by Johnny Ma. Zeitgeist Films

Sugar Mountain

A hoax two brothers attempt in Alaska turns into a real-life survival tale. With Drew Roy, Haley Webb, Shane Coffey. Written by Abe Pogos, story by Pogos and Catherine Hill. Directed by Richard Gray. Screen Media


Dec. 16

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Documentary on the daughter-mother duo, the stars of "Singing in the Rain" and "Star Wars," respectively, and their unique relationship and place in show buisness. Directed by Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens. HBO Documentary Films

Collateral Beauty

Will Smith stars as a New York ad executive whose friends intervene to halt his descent after a tragedy. With Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren. Written by Allan Loeb. Directed by David Frankel. Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema

The Founder

Michael Keaton stars as McDonald's empresario Ray Kroc, who turned a Southern California burger joint into a billion-dollar business. With Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini. Written by Robert D. Siegel. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Weinstein Co.

The Hollow Point

The new sheriff of a border town challenges a Mexican cartel with violent and bloody results. With Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, James Belushi, Lynn Collins. Written by Nils Lyew. Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego. Vertical Entertainment

A Kind of Murder

An unhappily married man becomes dangerously obsessed with a murder suspect in 1960s New York. With Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Vincent Kartheiser, Haley Bennett and Eddie Marsan. Written by Susan Boyd, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Blunderer.” Magnolia Pictures

The Lion in Winter

A 4K restoration of the 1968 drama revolving around 12th-century English King Henry II, his wife Eleanor and the question of succession. With Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Nigel Terry, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton and Jane Merrow. Written by James Goldman, based on his play. Directed by Anthony Harvey. Rialto Pictures

Neruda

In 1948 Chile, poet Pablo Neruda challenges the government and is pursued by an intrepid police inspector with increasingly higher stakes. With Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Mercedes Morán. Written by Guillermo Calderón. Directed by Pablo Larraín. The Orchard

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Before “A New Hope,” a ragtag group of rebels set out to steal the plans to the Death Star. With Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Walt Disney Pictures

Solace

A retired physician with psychic powers reluctantly decides to help an FBI special agent track a serial killer. With Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell. Written by Sean Bailey & Ted Griffin. Directed by Afonso Poyart. Lionsgate Premiere

The Space Between Us

The first human born on Mars returns to Earth and sets out to find his father. Written by Allan Loeb and Peter Chelsom & Tinker Lindsay, story by Stewart Schill and Richard B. Lewis & Loeb. Directed by Chelsom. STX Entertainment


Dec. 21

Assassin’s Creed

Michael Fassbender plays a man who accesses his genetic memories via a new technology, learns he is descended from a secret society, the Assassins, and must battle their centuries-long adversaries, the Templar organization. With Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael K. Williams, Khalid Abdalla. Written by Michael Lesslie & Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, based on the game series. Directed by Justin Kurzel. 20th Century Fox

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Father-and-son coroners are baffled and horrified by the post-mortem examination they perform on the victim of a grisly homicide in small-town Virginia. With Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. Written by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Directed by Andre Ovredal. IFC Midnight

Julieta

The death of a Madrid man drives a wedge between his wife and teenage daughter. With Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suarez. Written and director by Pedro Almodovar, based on short stories by Alice Munro. Sony Pictures Classics

Passengers

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play interstellar commuters traveling to a far-off planet who awaken 90 years prematurely, threatening their survival and forcing them to investigate the cause as they fight their attraction to each other. With Michael Sheen. Written by Jon Spaihts. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Columbia Pictures

Patriots Day

Racing against time, investigators, first responders and survivors react to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. With Mark Walhlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan. Written by Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Matt Charman, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson. Directed by Berg. Lionsgate / CBS Films

Sing

Animated musical about a theatrical mogul koala who stages a massive singing competition to save his stage. Voices by Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson. Written and directed by Garth Jennings. Universal Pictures


Dec. 23

The Bad Kids

Verité documentary looks at three at-risk teens coached by their principal toward high school diplomas at a Mojave Desert continuation school. Directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe. FilmRise

I, Daniel Blake

A Newcastle carpenter with a heart condition battles government bureaucracy after he is denied benefits and aids a struggling single mom with two children. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. With Dave Johns, Hayley Squires. Written by Paul Laverty. Directed by Ken Loach. IFC Films

A Monster Calls

A nocturnal creature guides a 12-year-old boy through the treacherous emotional terrain of his mother's illness, an unsympathetic grandmother and bullies. With Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones. Written by Patrick Ness, based on his novel from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. Directed by J.A. Bayona. Focus Features

Silence

Two Jesuit missionaries travel to 17th-century Japan and defy a ban on Christianity to find their mentor in this long-gestating drama from director Martin Scorsese. With Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano. Based on Shusaku Endo’s novel. Paramount Pictures

Why Him?

A vigilant father visits his daughter at Stanford and clashes with her tech mogul boyfriend. With James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Zoey Deutch, Cedric the Entertainer, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key. Written by John Hamburg & Ian Helfer, story by Jonah Hill and Hamburg & Ian Helfer. Directed by John Hamburg. 20th Century Fox


Dec. 25

Fences

Denzel Washington directs and reprises his 2010 Broadway role opposite Viola Davis in this adaptation of playwright August Wilson's drama about a former Negro League baseball player struggling to provide for his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. With Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Willimason, Saniyya Sidney. Paramount Pictures

Gold

Matthew McConaughey plays a prospector who teams with a geologist to hunt for treasure in the untamed jungles of Indonesia. With Bryce Dallas Howard. Written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. TWC-Dimension

Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star as the African American women who performed mathematical calculations that propelled NASA in the 1960s space race. With Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Kimberly Quinn, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell. Written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. Directed by Melfi. 20th Century Fox

Live by Night

Ben Affleck wrote, directed and stars in this adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel, a Prohibition era crime thriller about the son of a Boston police superintendent who becomes an outlaw. With Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper. Warner Bros.

Toni Erdmann

A retired German music teacher dons a disguise and pretends to be a life coach to spend more time with his ambitious, corporate-driven daughter. With Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller, Michael Wittenborn. Written and directed by Maren Ade. Sony Pictures Classics

20th Century Women

Three women of different generations teach a teenage boy about life in 1979 Santa Barbara. With Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Lucas Jade Zumann. Written and directed by Mike Mills. A24


Dec. 28

Paterson

Adam Driver plays a meticulous poetry-writing bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, N.J. With Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Cliff Smith, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagasi. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street


Jan. 6

Lost and Found

Adolescent brothers spend the summer on a remote island seeking to reddem their family's fortune. With Cary Elwes, Jason Patric, Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham. Written by Joseph Itaya, Eric Cardona. Directed by Itaya. Sony / Handshake Partners

Railroad Tigers

Jackie Chan plays a railway worker in 1941 who leads a revolt against the occupying Japanese army to disrupt the war effort and get food for the poor. With Zitao Huang, Kai Wang. Directed by Ding Sheng. Well Go USA Entertainment

Retake

A San Francisco hustler realizes that the businessman who whisked him to the Grand Canyon is obsessively recreating a past relationship. With Tuc Watkins, Devon Graye, Derek Phillips. Written by Nick Corporon, Collin Brazie, Gareth Dutton, Justin Baily. Directed by Nick Corporon. Breaking Glass Pictures

Underworld: Blood Wars

Kate Beckinsale returns as a Vampire death dealer, simultaneously battling the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With Theo James, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance. Written by Cory Goodman, story by Kyle Ward and Cory Goodman, based on characters created by Kevin Grevioux and Len Wiseman & Danny McBride. Directed by Anna Foerster. Screen Gems


Jan. 13

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy

Kids serving Saturday detention lock up the teacher but are gruesomely victimized one by one when they try to escape. With Drake Bell, Sean Astin, Gina Gershon, Sammi Hanratty. Written by Barry Wernick, James R. Hallam, story by Wernick, based on the graphic novel by Wernick and Matthew Spradlin. Directed by Ben Browder. Momentum Pictures

The Bye Bye Man

Three college students unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity. With Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, Douglas Smith. Written by Jonathan Penner, based on a short story by Robert Damon Schneck. Directed by Stacy Title. STX Entertainment

Claire in Motion

After the mysterious disappearance of her husband, a woman begins to unspool his life and learns how little she knew about him. With Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Zev Haworth. Written and directed by Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson. Breaking Glass Pictures

Monster Trucks

Determined to escape the town where he grew up, a high school senior builds a vehicle from salvaged parts and encounters an unusual subterranean creature, who quickly becomes an ally. With Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper. Written by Derek Connolly. story by Matthew Robinson and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger. Directed by Chris Wedge. Paramount Pictures

100 Streets

A retired rugby player, a small-time drug dealer and a cab driver face life challenges as their lives connect in a square-mile section of London. With Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Charlie Creed-Miles. Written by Leon Butler. Directed by Jim O'Hanlon. Samuel Goldwyn Films

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