This year's Yuletide movie selection isn't limited to Star Wars and 1960s stop-motion reindeer. Tinseltown's gifted movie lovers a slew of great films for the holiday season so we've compiled five of our most anticipated flicks.
The recently retired Daniel Day-Lewis, 60, gives what is supposedly the final performance of his celebrated career in Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson's film about a 1950s London tailor who falls head over hemline for a strong-willed muse. In Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman stars as U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is fresh off his election and thrust into the forefront of the Second World War, while Last Flag Flying is director Richard Linklater's bittersweet tale of three aging Vietnam War buddies – Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne – who reunite for a road trip to bury Carell's fallen soldier son.
The rise of circus promoter P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) from laid-off office clerk to ringleader of "the Greatest Show on Earth" gets the big screen musical treatment in The Greatest Showman while Steven Spielberg directs and co-produces The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as the real-life Washington Post publisher (Katharine Graham) and editor (Ben Bradlee) who uncover unsettling truths about America's role in Vietnam and attempt to publish the damning evidence revealed in the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Alongside Spielberg, Streep and Hanks, a supporting cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Bruce Greenwood and Bob Odenkirk suggests that this film could prove the gift that keeps on giving – especially when Oscar season comes around.
A version of this article appeared in the December/January 2018 issue with the headline, "Not-So-Festive Films," p. 24.
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