The past few years have been quite challenging for the movie industry; constant delays of the premieres, productions suspensions, closure of public places – that all left the fact, that the number of movies in theatres decreased drastically to the point where there were only one/two premieres in a month. Fortunately, the world has slowly started coming back to normal, and this winter season is full of movie premieres. Here are the most exciting ones that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Undoubtedly, the most anticipated premiere of the year (the teaser trailer released for Spider-Man: No Way Home beat the record for the world's most-watched trailer in its first 24 hours online. Globally, it got 355.5M views., more than The Avengers: Endgame), which will be streaming in theatres worldwide in a less than a fortnight. So, what are your bets? Will all three Spider-Men be in the movie? What is Doctor Strange’s great plan?
A Maggie Gyllenhaal directional debut. Known as an actress of great talent, Maggie explores new area for herself, and critics seemed to approve it. 88% on Metacritic, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, very high results for the first movie written (a screen adaptation of the book by Elena Ferrante) and directed by you alone. The synopsis sounds very intriguing: a lonely woman has taken a vacation expecting it to be an uplifting experience, but suddenly memories of her troubled past has been brought back by a family she encounters, “whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening”. The Lost Daughter premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2021, and will set to arrive in theaters across the United States on December 17, 2021 and will be made available for streaming on Netflix from December 31, 2021.
Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Williem Dafoe, Rooney Mara starring in new mystical neo-noir thriller by the great Guillermo del Toro, what can be more fascinating? Again, based on a novel by William Lindsay Graham, the story follows a “Stan Carlisle (Cooper), an ambitious carny, who hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Blanchett), who proves to be more dangerous than he is”. As far as it goes, the movie has received mostly positive critics reviews (84% Rotten Tomatoes, 67% Metacritic), which makes it even more exciting to go and watch it on a big screen. Nightmare Alley had its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on December 1, 2021, and will be theatrically released in the United States on December 17, 2021.
A movie made by the A24 production company starring Joaquin Pheonix and Woody Norman, written and directed by Mike Mills, who has also made one of my favourite movies ever, Beginners and 20th Century Women. It is about Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forming an adventurous relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in a story about connection between children and adults. I love A24 for the uniqueness and freshness they bring to the industry, the courage to support small indie projects and young aspiring creators. Despite that, it is the highest rated movie on this list with 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 81% on Metacritic and 8.1/10 on IMDb, so it is definitely worth your attention. The film had its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival on September 2nd, 2021, and, according to IMDb was released in selected theatres in Europe on December 3rd.
After La La Land’s overwhelming success, an interest for the musical genre increased dramatically among both filmmakers and viewers. tick, tick…BOOM!, Rocketman, The Greatest Showman, Marry Poppins Returns etc., etc. have already been realised in the past five years and there is more to come! West Side Story is one that premiered recently and is now streamed in theatres worldwide. Directed by Steven Spielberg himself, starred Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, an adaptation of the widely known 1957 musical about forbidden love, adolescence and rivalry.
This movie could make a good competition with Nightmare Alley for the most star cast. Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett and Ariana Grande in (as the movie itself proclaims) “based on truly possible events” satirical si-fi directed by Adam McKay. It tells a story about two not very skilful astronomers, who are trying every way possible to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. The trailer, I must say, looks fabulous, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you have a glance. The movie will be released on December 24th in selected theaters and on Netflix!