Movies Released December 17, 2021

Friday, December 17

150 mins

Spider-Man: No Way Home

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Willem Dafoe, Zendaya, Tom Holland, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal, J.B. Smoove
Action Adventure Sequel Superhero
Nationwide
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Nightmare Alley

In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious young carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. The carnival cast includes carnival worker Molly (Rooney Mara), head barker Clem (Willem Dafoe), and Ron Perlman as Bruno the Strongman. Richard Jenkins is part of the high society crowd as wealthy industrialist Ezra Grindle.
Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Mary Steenburgen, Guillermo del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, Ron Perlman
Thriller Adaptation Noir
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
104 mins

The Tender Bar

The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R. (Sheridan), a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother (Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams — with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar.
Ben Affleck, Christopher Lloyd, George Clooney, Peter Chernin, Grant Heslov, William Monahan, Lily Rabe, Max Martini
Drama Biography True Story Coming-of-Age
New York / Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
100 mins

Fortress

In this action cyber-thriller, Bruce Willis plays Robert, a retired CIA agent living at a secret resort in the woods. One day, his estranged son drives to the camp for a visit — but he’s followed by Robert’s old nemesis, Balzary (Chad Michael Murray). As the site is besieged by Balzary’s attack squad, father and son retreat to a high-tech bunker. But are its steel walls and advanced weapons powerful enough to match Balzary’s bloodthirsty plans for revenge?
Bruce Willis, James Cullen Bressack, Shannen Doherty, Chad Michael Murray, Jesse Metcalfe, Ser'Darius Blain, Kelly Greyson
Action Thriller

Mother/Android

Set in the near future, Mother/Android follows Georgia (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her boyfriend Sam (Algee Smith) through their treacherous journey of escape as their country is caught in an unexpected war with artificial intelligence. Days away from the arrival of their first child, they must face No Man’s Land – a stronghold of the android uprising, in hopes of reaching safety before giving birth.
Matt Reeves, Bill Block, Chloë Grace Moretz, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Mattson Tomlin, Charles Miller, Algee Smith
Thriller Sci-Fi

The Lost Daughter

A woman's quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation on a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past.
Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Olivia Colman, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren
Drama Thriller Adaptation Psychological
81 mins

The Scary of Sixty-First

While out apartment hunting, college pals Noelle and Addie stumble upon the deal of a lifetime: a posh duplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But soon after moving in, a more sinister picture of the apartment emerges when a mysterious woman arrives and claims the property used to belong to the infamous and recently-deceased Jeffrey Epstein.

With this news, Noelle becomes obsessed with the visitor—to the point of infatuation. As the pair plunge deeper into the conspiracies of the Epstein case, Addie falls into her own bizarre state: a pseudo-possession complete with inexplicable fits of age-regressed sexual mania. As they peel back on these strange occurrences, the truth reveals itself to be more twisted than they could have ever imagined.
Dasha Nekrasova, Madeline Quinn, Betsey Brown, Mark Rapaport
Thriller
New York
2 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

President

When Robert Mugabe was removed from power, Zimbabwe military leaders promised they would not seize control for themselves but would ensure democracy in a national election. Against a backdrop of economic crisis, food shortages, and political violence, the stakes could not be higher.Working to defeat the ruling party, which has controlled Zimbabwe since independence, is the young and charismatic Nelson Chamisa, who draws comparisons to a young Nelson Mandela in expressing the country’s utmost desire to be “led” and not “ruled”. After decades of a corrupt group clinging to power using any tool available—legal or not—can a free, fair, and transparent election be truly possible? As the follow-up to her widely acclaimed Democrats, Camilla Nielsson brings viewers into the heart of the struggle for power with stunningly close access and unhesitating courage, in a nation closely monitored by the entire world. President is a riveting and epic reminder that, while individuals and their specific ideals may differ, the fight for democracy is never-ending and of profound significance everywhere.
Camilla Nielsson
Documentary
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
86 mins

Wild Game

When a cash-strapped rancher takes an offer to help a movie star poach elk it seems like easy money, until a fatal run-in with the local authorities triggers a series of events that pits man against man in a bloody showdown.
Brock Harris, Charlie Barnett, Allison Paige, Jared Bonner, Creed Garnick, Matthew Daddario
Drama

The Novice

A college freshman joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.
Isabelle Fuhrman, Jonathan Cherry, Amy Forsyth, Lauren Hadaway, Dilone Kate Drummond, Charlotte Ubben
Drama

The Novice

A college freshman joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.
Isabelle Fuhrman, Jonathan Cherry, Amy Forsyth, Lauren Hadaway, Dilone Kate Drummond, Charlotte Ubben
Drama
VOD / Digital
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Swan Song

Set in the near future, Swan Song is a journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cameron grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined.
Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Jacob Perlin, Adam Shulman, Mahershala Ali, Mimi Valdes, Glenn Close, Benjamin Cleary
Drama

Swan Song

Set in the near future, Swan Song is a journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cameron grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined.
Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Jacob Perlin, Adam Shulman, Mahershala Ali, Mimi Valdes, Glenn Close, Benjamin Cleary
Drama
Apple TV+
3 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
95 mins

Christmas Is Canceled

The story centers on 29-year-old Emma (Orrantia), whose 54-year-old father (Mulroney) begins dating her high school frenemy (Parrish) soon after his wife passes away. Emma embarks on a mission to break up the happy couple after her dad insists they spend the holidays together.
Dermot Mulroney, Prarthana Mohan, Tony Vassiliadis, Sara Endsley, Hayley Orrantia, Janel Parrish, Larry Grimaldi, Neil Elman
Comedy Holiday
PrimeVideo
5 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
120 mins

Margrete - Queen of the North

The year is 1402. Margrete has achieved what no man has managed before. She has gathered Denmark, Norway and Sweden into a peace-oriented union, which she single-handedly rules through her young, adopted son, Erik. The union is beset by enemies, however, and Margrete is therefore planning a marriage between Erik and an English princess. An alliance with England should secure the union’s status as an emerging European power but a breathtaking conspiracy is under way that can tear Margrete and all she believes in apart.
Trine Dyrholm, Charlotte Sieling, Jesper Fink, Maya Ilsøe, Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro, Morten Hee Andersen, Paul Blackthorne
Drama Historical
Limited
5 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
123 mins

Schemes in Antiques

Despite his family’s famed expertise on ancient relics, Xu Yuan makes a simple living as the owner of an electronics shop, eager to distinguish himself from a disgraced ancestor who was executed for treason after stealing a Chinese artifact for Japan. But when a descendant offers to return the relic to China, Xu Yuan uncovers a decades-old mystery and soon embarks on a journey that could finally restore his family’s reputation—and may also cost him his life.
Derek Kwok, Xin Zhilei, Ge You, Lei Jiayin, Li Xian
Thriller Suspense
126 mins

Last Words

It is 2085. A young man, one of the few survivors of the human community of old, embarks on a long voyage to find others.
Nick Nolte, Stellan Skarsgard, Jonathan Nossiter, Charlotte Rampling
Drama
Limited
5 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Friday, December 17