There are no lords a leapin’ in the 12 films you must see this December, but there are plenty of gold rings – including two chances to catch Streep before the year is up. Here are Bruce Miller's top picks.
In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters.
Angela Bassett + Taye Diggs + Jamaica, need I say more? Terry McMillan adapted the script from her own novel for the film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, about the workaholic Stella (Bassett), who meets (and falls in love with) hunky younger man Winston while on vacation in Jamaica with her bestie Delilah ( Whoopi Goldberg). Enjoy the backdrop of Montego Bay for this steamy, sexy romance. Stream it on HBO/HBO Max.
Swedish director Hans Petter Moland remade his own film "In Order of Disappearance," as a Liam Neeson aggrieved dad thriller, transposing the location to a Colorado mountain town (though they shot in British Columbia, tax breaks!). In this black comedy, a snowplow driver (Neeson) unearths the seedy underbelly of a dastardly small town drug gang while seeking revenge for the death of his son. Rent it for $3.99 on iTunes, Amazon or YouTube.
The ultimate snowed-in, cabin fever mind melter, "The Shining" may not be the vibe you are going for at the moment, but you have to admit it's relatable. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall star in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Stephen King novel, in which a young family finds themselves snowed-in alone at a remote old haunted hotel (in so many words). We may all be on the verge of speed-typing "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," so perhaps a viewing of this masterpiece will serve as a course-correcting cautionary tale. $3.99 rental on all digital platforms.