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10 Movies You Must See in December

10 Movies You Must See in December
Our picks of the new movies coming to UK/ROI screens in December.

December sees the return of a filmmaking behemoth in Michael Mann and a literal behemoth in Godzilla, a slasher take on a seasonal classic and dramas from across the globe. Here''s our pick of the most exciting new movies arriving on UK/ROI screens big and small in December.


Eileen (Dec 1st, cinemas)
Directed by William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth) and written by Luke Goebel and Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen is adapted from Moshfegh's 2015 novel. The film stars Thomasin McKenzie as Eileen, a young prison secretary in 1964 Boston. She becomes infatuated with Rebecca (Anne Hathaway), a new counsellor at the prison. Things take a sinister turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret.

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves (Dec 1st, cinemas)
Writer/director Aki Kaurismaki won the Jury prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival with his 20th feature film, Fallen Leaves. Kaurismaki has called the film a continuation of his "Proletariat Quartet," following Shadows in Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988) and The Match Factory Girl (1990). Fallen Leaves stars Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen as Anna and Holappa, two lonely strangers who meet by chance and attempt to build a relationship in spite of Holappa's alcoholism.

It's a Wonderful Knife

It's a Wonderful Knife (Dec 1st, Shudder)
With the likes of Happy Death Day, Freaky and Totally Killer, we're seeing a growing trend of movies that put a horror spin on a beloved mainstream classic. The latest is It's a Wonderful Knife, which as the title suggests, is a slasher spin on It's a Wonderful Life. Directed by Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls), the film stars Jane Widdop as Winnie, a young woman who saves her town from a knife-wielding killer. Feeling unappreciated, she wishes she had never been born. When her wish is granted she realises the horrors she's now subjected her town to in her absence.

Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind (Dec 8th, Netflix)
Adapted by writer/director Sam Esmail (Mr Robot) from the novel by Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind stars Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke as a couple who take their kids on a getaway to a remote home. During the night the family is disturbed by the arrival of a stranger (Mahershala Ali) and his daughter (Myha'la Herrold) who claim the home is theirs and wish to take refuge during a devastating cyber attack.

Trenque Lauquen

Trenque Lauquen (Dec 8th, cinemas)
Argentine filmmaker Laura Citarella's 2011 film Ostende starred Laura Paredes as a character named Laura who found herself caught up in a mystery. Laura returns for Citarella's latest, the sprawling mystery Trenque Lauquen. This time Laura has gone missing in the titular Argentine town. Over 12 chapters split across two individual movies, the film chronicles the search for Laura undertaken by her boyfriend and a professional colleague.


Finestkind (Dec 15th, Paramount+)
Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of LA Confidential and Mystic River) writes and directs this crime thriller. Ben Foster and Toby Wallace play estranged brothers from a beleaguered fishing community who reunite to strike a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate. Hoping to escape crippling debts, the brothers find themselves in over their heads as a mysterious young woman (Jenna Ortega) interrupts their plan.

Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One (Dec 15th, cinemas)
Godzilla returns to his home soil of Japan in this Toho Studios reboot of their signature franchise. Set in 1947, the film sees Tokyo's attempts to rebuild itself after WWII face a new threat when the giant lizard emerges from a pacific island, a product of the American nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll.


Ferrari (Dec 26th, cinemas)
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann (Manhunter; Heat) returns with Ferrari. The racing biopic stars Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari, founder of the legendary Italian car manufacturer. The film is set in 1957 and sees the motor mogul faced with several crises in both his professional and personal lives.

Raging Grace

Raging Grace (Dec 29th, cinemas)
With his feature debut, British writer-director Paris Zarcilla taps into his Filipino roots for a modern update on the classic horror format of a working woman uncovering sinister goings-on at the lavish home of her wealthy employer, adding issues of race and immigration. Max Eigenmann plays a single mother immigrant who takes a job caring for an elderly man in a comatose state, leading her to suspect the man's niece of harbouring murderous intentions.

Tchaikovsky's Wife

Tchaikovsky's Wife (Dec 29th, cinemas)
Despite drawing the ire of Putin by criticising modern Russian society in his work, filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov (Leto) returns with this sweeping historical drama. The film chronicles the tumultuous relationship between composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Odin Lund Biro) and his wife Antonina Miliukova (Alyina Mikhailova).