2018 holiday movie preview: 'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel, 'Bumblebee' and more

Sequels ("Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."), spin-offs ("Bumblebee"), reboots ("The Girl in the Spider's Web"), returns (welcome back, Mary Poppins!) – this holiday movie season truly promises to offer something for everyone. Even for those not looking for the next great popcorn flick, the holiday movie season always means an onslaught of awards season fare. Festival favorite "Roma," period drama "The Favourite," and heist thriller "Widows" are just a few of the prestige pics looking to shake up the Oscar race that's already heating up with the likes of "A Star Is Born" and "First Man." Get your holiday watchlist ready with The Times' 2018 holiday movie preview.

How ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ star Emily Blunt and director Rob Marshall aimed to make a ‘joybomb on the soul’

'Mary Poppins Returns' is coming to dominate your family holiday viewing.

'The Girl in the Spider's Web' reboots Lisbeth Salander with Claire Foy, but don't label it a #MeToo thriller

A brand new Lisbeth Salander is also a chance for "The Crown" star Claire Foy to reinvent herself. How the risky sorta-sequel to "The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo" came together.

Claire Foy, Christian Bale and nine more stars undergoing movie makeovers this awards season

From Claire Foy in "The Girl in the Spider's Web" to Christian Bale in "Vice," several A-listers are undergoing radical physical transformations in upcoming films. Will the film academy take notice?

How 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' made an even more magical Paris

The wizarding world of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" expands to a brand new location: Paris. How the movie magicians made the City of Lights even more magical.

Whether she's acting or producing, Octavia Spencer looks for one common element: A slice of life

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is pulling double duty in November as a star in the heartwarming comedy "Instant Family" and a producer of the awards-buzz drama "Green Book."

'Bumblebee' screenwriter Christina Hodson is shaping Hollywood's blockbuster future — and centering female stories

How Christina Hodson became a rare go-to female screenwriter for franchise titles including "Transformers" spin-off "Bumblebee" and "Batgirl."

'Grinch,' 'Ralph' and 'Spider-Man' lead an animated charge on the holiday box office

Hollywood is serving up three very different animated offerings for the holidays — "The Grinch," "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" — and their only common thread is blockbuster box office expectations.

How 'Widows,' 'Roma' and more holiday releases look to shake up the Oscars' best picture race

Glenn Whipp discusses what movies are going to be in contention for the Oscar races.

Virtually every film coming out this holiday season

A list of films released during 2018’s holiday season from Nov. 7 through Jan. 11. Movies include “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “Widows,” “Robin Hood,” “The Favourite,” “Anna and the Apocalypse” and “If Beale Street Could Talk."

9 films you can actually watch with the entire family this holiday season

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, a look at all the movies appropriate for (almost) every member of the family. Even crazy Uncle Al!