The holiday movie season for 2017 has some big possibilities. On one end of the spectrum, you have the hard-hitting Steven Spielberg-directed film, “The Post,” starring the team of two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and perennial Oscar nominee Meryl Streep, who won statues for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady.”
The other end of the spectrum features the second part of the final trilogy with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which hits screens Dec. 15.
Also high on my list is “Molly’s Game,” the true life story of Molly Brown (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran an exclusive high-stakes gambling den. The film is directed by Aaron Sorkin who usually sits in the producing chair.
Another big deal this holiday season is director David Ayers’ “Bright,” a tale set in Los Angeles about a team of cops featuring Will Smith and Oscar nominee Joel Edgerton. This one will go straight to the home viewing service Netflix.
Director Ron Shelton has helmed baseball (“Bull Durham”), basketball (“White Men Can’t Jump”) and golf (“Tin Cup”) films. With his new flick, “Just Getting Started,” he ventures into the buddy genre with the pairing of Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) and Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”). The film also features Rene Russo and the late Glenne Headly (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Dick Tracy”).
A couple of curiosity flicks also arrive over the holidays, including the animated bull movie, “Ferdinand,” and the release of what is considered the worst movie in cinema history, “The Room.”
“The Disaster Artist” is also new this season. It was written and directed by Tommy Wiseau and features James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Dave Franco. The Robin Williams-led film “Jumanji” has been updated with Dwayne Johnson in the lead role. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” also stars Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). It was directed by Jake Kasdan.
More films debuting during the holidays include the third entry of the singing a capellas, “Pitch Perfect 3” as well as the true-life tale of disgraced Olympian figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya” featuring Margot Robbie, Alison Janney and Bobby Carnivale.
Also in the holiday lineup is Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman,” which looks at the life of P.T. Barnum who created and marketed the first circus to the public. Also worthy of mention is Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig.
Movies currently in theaters include “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Justice League,”: “Coco,” “Wonder,” the Denzel Washington-led “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with Frances McDormand.