This is the best news we’ve had in awhile. Hold onto your seat. You know, the nice, cushy theatre seat. Because that’s where you’re gonna want to be this holiday. Yes, since the lineup for this year’s holiday movie releases is fantastic, we’ll be taking a break from watching our fav Christmas movies at home, just to spend a few more hours in the dark. Whether you want to laugh, cry or hold your breath, there’s something for the entire gamut of emotions on this list.


SpotlightSpotlight: In Theaters Now

This film is based on the true story of a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe of abuse in the Catholic Church. Shockingly, it revealed a cover up by top officials that went on for decades. It’s easy to see why Spotlight is touted as one of the best dramas of the year. And because it is, it’s a must see.

Brazen Note: They had us at all-star cast members, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber. Like wow.


Sisters: December 18

When siblings Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) find out their parents are selling their family home, they have one weekend to clean out their childhood bedrooms. And what does one do on her last weekend in the family home? Um, you throw a raging party, of course! But after all the alcohol has been consumed (because clearly there is no such thing as leftover wine), will there still be a house left to sell?

Brazen Note: We pretty sure Amy and Tina were sisters in a former life. And if they weren’t, it’s a miracle that they found each other in this one. Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens: December 18

It’s been 30 years since the Rebels defeated the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi. Sadly, that means our Star Wars figures have been packed away for far too long. Memories are apparently short in a galaxy far, far away as a new crop of heroes have been raised on stories of the Legend of The Force but have not seen it in person. Now a new ruler of the Dark Side wants to finish what Darth Vader started. And we can’t wait.

Brazen Note: Harrison Ford still brings the swagger as one of our very first crushes, Han Solo. Brooklyn

BrooklynDecember 18 A recent immigrant to the United States finds love as she tries to settle into a new life. But a family tragedy back home sends her right back to Ireland. There, her heart is torn when she finds she must decide between staying in her homeland or returning to the new life she made in America.

Brazen Note: If you get nostalgic for 1950s (in all its fashionable glory), then this film is for you.   45 years

45 Years: December 23

Let’s face it, 45 years of marriage is quite an accomplishment and one great reason to celebrate. Kate and her husband are in the midst of party planning when a letter arrives with some pretty shocking news: The body of his first love has been found in the Swiss Alps. It is only when Kate’s husband leaves home to identify the body that she begins to unravel her husbands secrets.

Brazen Note: Their marriage may not last until the anniversary party.   Joy

Joy: December 25

Jennifer Lawrence teams up with Bradley Cooper (again!) in what will most likely be another Oscar worthy performance. She plays a young woman who builds her own business empire while heading up a very dysfunctional family. Get ready for another all-star cast that features Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd and Virgina Madsen.


Brazen Note: Can J-Law and Bradley be together in every film forever and forever—pretty please?   Concussion

Concussion – December 25

This is another true story brought to film about the neuropathologist who discovered sports-related brain trauma in professional players. This time, he takes on the powerful NFL institution when he realizes that the powers that be want to bury his findings—all for the sake of the mighty dollar.

Brazen Note: You don’t have to be a fan of football to get sucked into the drama and fine performances.


Sherlock, The Abominable Bride: January 1 (TV) and January 5 & 6 (Theatre)

Sherlock on the big screen? Oh yes. First, the highly anticipated return will be released to the small screen first then can be watched with extra footage in theatres for a limited 2-day run. In this 90-minute special, Sherlock and Watson find themselves in Victorian times, a comfortable place for Sherlock to be.

Brazen Note: Whether on the big screen or small, we can’t get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch and his beautiful voice.

About the author

Patricia Thomas

Patricia is a proud geek raising two little geeklings along with her geeky husband. You can find her on Twitter fangirling about her latest obsessions. Since she spends 8 months out of the year living in a barren winter waste land, she dreams of living bare foot on a tropical beach someday.

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