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New movies to watch during the holidays, from “Ghostbusters” to “Spider-Man”

by Stewart Cole

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It’s official: Hollywood studios play Santa Claus and bring the festive joy back to the movie theaters and streaming services this holiday season.

The party starts on Friday with Marvel’s “Eternals” and Princess Diana’s drama “Spencer”. From there, Ghostbusters, Lady Gaga, Spider-Man, Steven Spielberg and even Shakespeare will make their cinematic appearances before the end of the year. But along with the comeback hits (Keanu Reeves in another “Matrix” movie, guys!) There are many Oscar seasons, including Guillermo del Toro’s first directorial endeavor since winning Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” .

Here are the 10 movies you should definitely watch in the next two months.

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (November 19)

Stars: Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray

Director: Jason Wrightman

The weak: A couple of brothers (Grace and Finn Wolfhard) move to a small town, learn about the legacy of their grandfather Egon (the late Harold Ramis) who destroys ghosts and tie proton packs when there is something strange in their neighborhood. The sequel includes a number of young personalities and some fan favorites (including Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson).

Where to watch: In theaters

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“King Richard” (November 19)

Stars: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal

Director: Reynaldo Marcus Green

The weak: Want to know how Venus and Serena Williams did so well on a tennis court? This biographical film, produced by both sisters, follows the persistent efforts of their father Richard Williams (Smith) to turn Aphrodite (Sania Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) into champions, instilling in him to believe in themselves.

Where to watch: In theaters and on HBO Max

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‘Charm’ (November 24)

Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero

Managers: Byron Howard and Jared Bush

The weak: With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Disney’s cartoon imagination focuses on a Colombian family who each give great abilities from their enchanted home, but when the magic begins to disappear, it depends on the young Mirabel (voiced by Beatriz). , one member without any special gifts, to go on a mission to save the day.

Where to watch: In theaters

“House of Gucci” (November 24)

Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto

Director: Ridley Scott

The weak: The glamorous biographical film focuses on the murder of Italian businessman Maurizio Gucci (Driver), head of the iconic Gucci fashion house, and the involvement of his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga). The film also delves into the history of Gucci, with Leto, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino playing key family members.

Where to watch: In theaters

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“Don’t Look Up” (December 10)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timote Salame

Director: Adam McKay

The weak: DiCaprio and Lawrence star in the black comedy as astronomers cross the country to warn various skeptics that there is a comet looking at Earth. McKay’s star-studded cast includes Chalamet as an evangelical punk stealing the shops, Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry as optimistic presenters on the morning show, and Meryl Streep as the indifferent president.

Where to watch: In theaters (and on Netflix December 24)

“West Side Story” (December 10)

Stars: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

Director: Steven Spielberg

The weak: How do you watch the 1961 release of the best-selling Broadway musical? Get Spielberg to put his stamp on it. The new version of the classic love story includes Elgort and Zegler as Tony and Maria, two young lovers who are in the middle of tensions between two rival street gangs, the White Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.

Where to watch: In theaters

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“Nightmare Alley” (December 17)

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Tony Colette

Director: Guillermo del Toro

The weak: Based on the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay Gresham, del Toro’s dark psychological thriller portrays Bradley Cooper as a traveler and swindler with a tendency to manipulate people who work with an equally unscrupulous psychiatrist.

Where to watch: In theaters

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (December 17)

Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch

Director: John Watts

The weak: Oh no, Spidey’s secret identity as Peter Parker (Netherlands) is at stake! When people find out who he is, the teenage hero turns to his old friend Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch) for some magical help (which unfortunately goes wrong) and must also face at least one vicious enemy in Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). ).

Where to watch: In theaters

“The Matrix Resurrections” (December 22)

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Director: Lana Wachowski

The weak: In the fourth episode of the groundbreaking science fiction franchise (and the first after 18 years), Reeves returns as Neo, the “elite” who does not seem to remember his past – or his love, Trinity (Moss) – until download again the virtual Matrix rabbit hole from a young Morpheus (Matin).

Where to watch: In theaters and on HBO Max

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“The Macbeth tragedy” (December 25)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Francis McDormand, Brendan Gleason

Director: Joel Cohen

The weak: Bard’s play goes black and white for Coen’s solo directorial debut, starring Denzel Washington as the Scottish lord persuaded to usurp the king (Gleeson) by his power-hungry wife (McDormand) and the prophecy of all played by Kathryn Hunter).

Where to watch: In theaters (and on Apple TV + January 14)

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