Entertainment 'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'Green Book' and other new movies to see in theaters By Jordan Hoffman and amNY.com staff Updated November 30, 2018 11:59 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email This is the season for blockbusters, and blockbusters you might get. From Michael B. Jordan returning in "Creed II" to Taron Egerton trying out a classic role, here are the films to put on your radar. 'Vice' (Dec. 25) Photo Credit: Annapurna Pictures/Greig Fraser Director Adam McKay and Christian Bale re-team after "The Big Short" for another feel-bad look at another recent American scandal: the career of Vice President Dick Cheney, played by Bale, above. Steve Carell is Donald Rumsfeld, Tyler Perry is Colin Powell and Sam Rockwell is George W. Bush. 'Holmes & Watson' (Dec. 25) Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures/Giles Keyte Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for the first time since "Step Brothers." They wear old-timey suits and solve mysteries. What more could you want? 'Welcome to Marwen' (Dec. 21) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures Based on a true story (and the well-received documentary "Marwencol"), Steve Carell is an artist who, after a brutal attack, creates an imagined World War II-era Belgian town out of toys. Robert Zemeckis directs, and the special effects look intense. 'Bumblebee' (Dec. 21) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures Stop-motion animator and heir to the Nike throne Travis Knight directs a script co-written by the woman responsible for the awesome "Edge of Seventeen" in this prequel to the Michael Bay films. All this is to say we have no idea what to expect from this one. It may ... actually be good? Anyway, Soundwave is in it and actually looks like a boombox, so it's already among the best in the series. 'Aquaman' (Dec. 21) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Atlantean abs come to life in the latest DC Comics film as Jason Momoa reprises his "Justice League" character, Aquaman. Amber Heard is Mera and Nicole Kidman has a few scenes as Queen Atlanna. Early trailers suggest they may be going for a humorous approach, which may be appropriate for a superhero whose primary power is talking to fish. 'Cold War' (Dec. 21) Photo Credit: Lukasz Bak A big success at the Cannes Film Festival, this Polish black-and-white drama about doomed love across the wide scope of 20th century history is a bona fide contender for an Oscar for best foreign language film. 'Mary Poppins Returns' (Dec. 19) Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures/Jay Maidment Emily Blunt stars as the umbrella-toting nanny in Walt Disney's latest. Lin-Manuel Miranda (!) and Meryl Streep (!!) are her sidekicks singing new Marc Shaiman-penned songs. It can't be any worse than "Hook"! 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (Dec. 14) Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Animation Giving Lego Batman a run for its money, "ultimate" Spider-Man Miles Morales meets up with Peter Parker and every other radioactive arachnid-bit teen in the Marvel multiverse in what looks to be the most deep-cut, fan-servicing superhero feature film. 'Green Book' (Nov. 21) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures/Patti Perret A major front-runner for the Oscars, Mahershala Ali is a Jamaican-American classical pianist on tour of the Deep South in the 1960s. A tough guy New Yorker, Viggo Mortensen, is his chauffeur. Racial tension turns to friendship in a way that often does in prestige pictures released in November. "Green Book" won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, a very good harbinger of how it will resonate in general release. 'Robin Hood' (Nov. 21) Photo Credit: Lionsgate Films/Larry Horricks Yes, there just was a "Robin Hood" in 2010, but this one has Taron Egerton. Co-stars include Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and "50 Shades of Grey" star Jamie Dornan. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' (Nov. 21) Photo Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios Because "The Emoji Movie" wasn't enough, we've got another movie with Spotify jokes coming our way. John C. Reilly returns as the giant-with-a-heart-of-pixelated-gold Wreck-It Ralph, with Sarah Silverman's Vanellope von Schweetz at his side. People are already buzzing about a satirical scene with the "real Disney Princesses." (Note: the movie is released by Disney.) 'Instant Family' (Nov. 16) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne become foster parents in a film that looks just corny enough to work. Byrne, after all, is a comedy genius and Wahlberg can be funny (I'm looking at you, "Ted" and, yes, "Ted 2") plus the odds are strong that by the end of this picture everyone will be reaching for a Kleenex. We're only human! Tig Notaro has a supporting role, further evidence that this is one that needs attention. 'At Eternity's Gate' (Nov. 16) Photo Credit: Lily Gavin (Van) Gogh beyond the ear! Willem Dafoe gives it his all as the mad-brilliant painter Vincent Van Gogh during his final years in Arles. Rupert Friend plays Vincent's brother Theo, Oscar Isaac is Paul Gaugin and light is "The Light!" Artist-turned-director Julien Schnabel, who made "Basquiat" earlier in his career, is at the helm. 'Widows' (Nov. 16) Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Steve McQueen, director of "12 Years a Slave," has cashed in his Oscar-winning chips to make a juicy, female-led heist picture. When four armed robbers get killed on the job, their widows (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) step in to complete the task. While this may not win as many awards as McQueen's last, it is guaranteed to be the film that launches a thousand GIFs. ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (Nov. 16) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Jaap Buitendijk The Newt Scamander saga continues! Eddie Redmayne's magizoologist, and his pals Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterson), her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), along with a younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), take on evil mage Gellert Grindelwald. 'Overlord' (Nov. 9) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures Allied paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines find something even more terrifying than the Wehrmacht: the Undead! Nazi experimenters have turned French prisoners into a zombies and, I dunno, this movie is either going to be great or entirely inappropriate. It's from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production shingle, so it'll at least have some lens flare. Jovan Adepo from "The Leftovers" and the guy who plays Euron Greyjoy on "Game of Thrones" star. ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ (Nov. 9) Photo Credit: CTMG Claire Foy takes on the role of Lisbeth Salander in this continuation of the franchise adapted from the Stieg Larsson characters, this one drawn from a thriller by David Lagercrantz, who took over the series after Larsson passed away in 2004. Here, hacker Salander and reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) take on some government officials gone bad. Also starring Lakeith Stanfield and Sylvia Hoeks. ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ (Nov. 9) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest to voice the tiny-hearted Dr. Seuss mean green Grinch. You should know this story by now. 'The Front Runner’ (Nov. 6) Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Hugh Jackman stars in this timely biopic about Sen. Gary Hart, who find his presidential campaign on a downward spiral after allegations of an affair. Directed by Jason Reitman. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (Nov. 2) Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox/Alex Bailey "Mr. Robot" Rami Malek becomes Mr. Freddie Mercury in this biopic about the Queen superstar. From director Bryan Singer and also starring Joseph Mazzello, Gwilym Lee and Ben Hardy. 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' (Nov. 2) Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham Disney brings the spectacle of a girl who travels to a quartet of magical lands filled with strange creatures, including gingerbread soldiers. Starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Misty Copeland. ‘First Man’ (Oct. 12) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Ryan Gosling steps into the role of Neil Armstrong as he prepared his historic journey to the moon in July 1969. He teams back up with "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle in the film. ‘A Star Is Born’ (Oct. 5) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. 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