‘The Shape Of Water’
In theatres: Dec. 8
Ever dream of seeing the Creature From The Black Lagoon as a romantic lead? Director Guillermo del Toro did. The result is the fantasy romance “The Shape Of Water” which sees a lonely, deaf-mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) discover she has a lot in common with a secret classified government experiment. Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg star in this filmed-in-Toronto fantasy.
In theatres: Dec. 15
Ferdinand, the bull with a big heart who loves to stop and smell the flowers is getting the big screen treatment in a family-friendly animated film. Mistaken for a dangerous beast and ripped from his home, Ferdinand and his misfit friend set off on the ultimate adventure in an attempt to return home. The movie features the voices of Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez, Raul Esparza, David Tennant and John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
In theatres: Dec. 14
It’s time to return to a galaxy far, far away as Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Demeron (Oscar Isaac) on an adventure to unlock the mysteries of The Force. Fans will definitely need to keep the tissues handy as the franchise bids farewell to the late Carrie Fisher in the final on-screen performance as Leia.
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’
In theatres: Dec. 20
The 1995 Robin Williams flick gets a modern update with Dwayne Johnson, Zack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart. This time around, four teenagers trade the Jumanji board game in for a video game, and get sucked into the game’s jungle world, transforming into the adult avatars they chose to play with.
‘The Disaster Artist’
In theatres: Dec. 8
Fans of the so-bad-it’s-good movie “The Room” are in for a treat as James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau in this behind-the-scenes account of the making of the cult favourite. One of the year’s funniest films, “The Disaster Artist” features an impressive ensemble cast including Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Josh Hutcherson and dozens of A-list cameos.
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
In theatres: select cities Nov. 17, expands to more cities in December
Frances McDormand gives a powerhouse performance as an angry grieving mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Too funny to be a tragedy, too sad to be a comedy, the film balances moments of sheer heartbreak with laugh-out-loud comedy from the writer-director behind “In Bruges”. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones round out the cast of one of the year’s buzziest films.
‘The Greatest Showman’
In theatres: Dec. 20
Musical fans can rejoice as legendary circus man P.T. Barnum gets an all-singing and dancing biopic starring Hugh Jackman. With lavish costumes and set, “The Greatest Showman” celebrates the life of the visionary who rose from nothing to create a worldwide sensation. Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Zac Efron co-star.
In theatres: Dec. 22
Matt Damon plays a man who realizes his life would be better if he shrunk himself in the social satire “Downsizing”. Directed by Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”), Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz co-star in the film which hits theatres on Dec. 20.
In theatres: select cities Dec. 25, wide release Jan. 5
Based on a true story, Jessica Chastain stars as Molly Bloom, a woman who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game before becoming an FBI target. Chastain is earning awards buzz for the drama which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Filmed in Toronto, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene and “Stranger Things” actor Joe Keery co-star.
In theatres: select cities Dec. 8, wide release Dec. 22
Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake star in Woody Allen’s latest period piece set in Coney Island in the 1950s. Winslet stars as the beleaguered wife of a carousel operator whose estranged daughter is on the run from the mob. Timberlake plays a lifeguard who narrates the story.