‘Once Upon A Deadpool’
In theatres: Dec. 12
You’re in luck if you have some youngsters who aren’t quite ready for Ryan Reynolds foul-mouthed, R-rated anti-hero Deadpool. “Deadpool 2” has been re-cut into the more teen-friendly PG-13 “Once Upon A Deadpool” which features a little less violence and coarse language to make parents a little happier – plus it includes some new story-bridging scenes with Fred Savage, mimicking his bedtime story bookends in “The Princess Bride”.
‘Mary Queen of Scots’
In theatres: select cities Dec. 14; expands Dec. 21
In another surefire awards season contender, “Mary Queen Of Scots” will fulfil all of your royal needs in the true tale of Mary Stuart’s (Saoirse Ronan) quest to reclaim the Scottish throne from her cousin and rival, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). With battles, betrayals and some serious girl power, it’s everything you want in a showy historical epic.
‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’
In theatres: Dec. 14
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” may be the sole animated December offering for 2018, but it’s visual style is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin and more, Phil Lord and Chris Miller – the duo behind “The Lego Movie” – Brooklyn teen Mile Morales will cross parallel dimensions to team up with the Spider-Men across those alternate realms to help stop a multi-universe threat.
‘Mary Poppins Returns’
In theatres: Dec. 19
Emily Blunt picks up Julie Andrews’ carpet bag of tricks as the magical nanny Mary Poppins returns to help the new-adult Banks children and their offspring through difficult time. The Disney flick is expected to break box office records as the must-see family movie over the holidays. Not only does the cast feature Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Meryl Streep, it also includes the return of original “Mary Poppins” star, the 92-year-old Dick Van Dyke.
In theatres: Dec. 21
If a feel-good rom-com with “Working Girl” vibes is on your list, look no further that “Second Act”. Starring Jennifer Lopez as a 40-something woman who gets the chance to reinvent herself and show some Madison Avenue bigwigs that street smarts can outweigh book smarts. Milo Ventimiglia, Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens co-star.
In theatres: Dec. 21
The “Transformers” franchise gets a reboot in this 1987-set story with Hailee Steinfeld in the lead. John Cena co-stars alongside Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux who lend their voices to the film’s Transformers.
In theatres: Dec. 21
The Justice League’s Aquaman gets his own standalone origin story as Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns he the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis in this big screen comic book adaptation. Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson
In theatres: Dec. 25
An incredible all-star cast including Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, and Eddie Marsan are nearly unrecognizable in the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice”. Bale packed on the pounds to play the Vice President Cheney and his path to shape the U.S. in the realm of politics and beyond in the sure-to-be Oscar contender.
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In theatres: select cities Dec. 25; expands to more locations in January
Director Barry Jenkin’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” is another story that will likely factor into awards season. “If Beale Street Could Talk” tells the story of the pregnant Tish (Kiki Layne) and her quest to prove her incarcerated fiance’s innocence. Based on the story by James Baldwin, Toronto’s Stephan James heads up a cast that includes Regina King, Brian Tyree Henry, Diego Luna and Finn Wittrock.
‘On The Basis Of Sex’
In theatres: Dec. 25 in Toronto;
The real-life story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg battled gender politics and sexism in her fight for equal rights in her ascension to become U.S. Supreme Court Justice comes to the big screen with Felicity Jones playing the pop culture fave, RBG. Armie Hammer is also along for the ride as Ginsburg’s husband, Marty, and a supporting cast that includes Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Sam Waterston and Jack Reynor.