Year's Close-up With December Dramas On Screen
The approaching end of the year won't go quietly without a bit of drama. In fact, lots of drama on the big screens. Even eleven new drama movies await their audience from Jackie starring Natalie Portman to Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain and from Fences with Denzel Washington to Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. Check out the whole list and plunge into the ocean of true emotions:
Director: Pablo Larrain Written by: Noah Oppenheim Starring: Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, Max Casella, Beth Grant, Julie Judd, Sarah Verhagen Plot Synopsis: Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.
Director: Dito Montiel Written by: Adam G. Simon Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Kate Mara, Gary Oldman, Clifton Collins Jr., Charlie Shotwell, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Tory Kittle Plot Synopsis: When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hardnosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell) and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Clifton Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel's family. As we revisit the past, we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of Gabriel's experience and what will eventually lead us to finding his family.
Director: Soham Mehta Written by: Rajiv Shah Starring: Taylor Lautner, Constance Zimmer, Kenny Johnson, Johanna Braddy, Nico Christou Plot Synopsis: Rey (Taylor Lautner) gave up his chance at college and love to raise his young half-brother Oliver, who looks nothing like him – ‘same mom, different dads'. But when his meth addicted mother, Lola, is released from prison determined to rebuild her family, Rey kidnaps his younger brother and escapes their desert home for the California coast, chasing the dream that he let go years ago. Lola turns to her ex-husband Bo to help find her missing boys, bringing up ghosts from their own failed relationship. With nothing but the open road ahead of them, and Lola and Bo in close pursuit, Rey and Oliver race away from a past they never wanted, towards a future that could have been.
Director: John Madden Written by: Jonathan Perera Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jake Lacy, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Noah Robbins, Lucy Owens, Meghann Fahy, Chuck Shamata Plot Synopsis: A ruthless and highly successful political strategist, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), exposes the cutthroat world of D.C lobbyists on both sides of the gun control debate. New legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership is gaining traction in Congress, and Sloane is approached to spearhead the campaign, pitting her against the formidable power of her political opponents. Deploying her notorious skills – and driven by a desire to win at all costs – she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk.
Director: Andy Goddard Written by: Susan Boyd Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett, Vincent Kartheiser, Eddie Marsan Plot Synopsis: In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.
Director: Vikram Gandhi Written by: Adam Mansbach Starring: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman Plot Synopsis: Twenty-year-old Barry (Devon Terrell) arrives in a New York City where turf wars pervade every milieu, from the basketball courts to the university campus where he is bullied by police on his first night. He starts dating a white woman from his political science class. He attends a party in a Harlem housing project. With his Kenyan father and Kansas-born mother, Barry should be able to slip between racially coded camps. Instead, he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere.
Director: David Frankel Written by: Allan Loeb Starring: Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore Plot Synopsis: When a successful New York ad executive (Will Smith) suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived.
Director: Peter Berg Written by: Peter Berg, Matt Charman, Matt Cook, Eric Johnson, Casey Sherman, Paul Tamasy, Dave Wedge Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan Plot Synopsis: In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent RIchard Deslauliers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.
Director: J.A. Bayona Written by: Patrick Ness Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbel, Liam Neeson Plot Synopsis: 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Director: Martin Scorsese Written by: Shusaku Endo Starring: Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver Plot Synopsis: In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. But under the Tokugawa shogunate, Catholicism and almost all foreign contact has been banned. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.
Director: Denzel Washington Written by: August Wilson Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney Plot Synopsis: An African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.