By Tom Moore and Valerie Kalfrin
As we head into the holiday season, In Their Own League looks to not only delve into some of our favorite holiday flicks, but also some anticipated movies hitting theaters and streaming this December. 2022 has already seen some prolific and breakout talents make their mark on the year and this December closes the year out on that same trend with some possible awards contenders, soon-to-be cult favorites, and even a Whitney Houston biopic.
“The Eternal Daughter”: After an expansive festival run, writer/director Joanna Hogg’s (“The Souvenir”) latest film, “The Eternal Daughter” is finally set to hit theaters on December 2nd in limited release. The film sees Hogg reunite with Tilda Swinton (“The French Dispatch”) for a haunting portrait of a complicated mother/daughter relationship at a secluded hotel that evokes dark mystery and Hitchcockian noir atmosphere.
Our very own Tom Moore saw “The Eternal Daughter” at NYFF, read his review here.
“Four Samosas”: Directed by Ravi Kapoor (“Miss India America”) and starring Venk Potula (“Love in Moreno Valley”), Sonal Shah (“The High Note”), and Sharmita Bhattacharya (“Panic”), is one part comedy, one part heist as a pending wedding is poised to be upended by a spurned ex-lover who happens to be a rapper. Releases in theaters this Friday, December 2nd.
“To the End”: Directed by Rachel Lears (“Knock Down the House”), this documentary focuses on four women of color, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who band together to craft the Green New Deal to fight climate change. The film has a limited release in theaters December 9th.
“Women Talking”: Our very own Rosa Parra, Sarah Manvel, Calum Cooper and Joan Amenn all strongly recommend this outstanding film written and directed by Sarah Polley, adapted from the book by Miriam Toews, that follows women in a religious colony who struggle to retain their faith after a series of sexual assaults. The film stars Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Claire Foy (“First Man”), Jessie Buckley (“Wild Rose”), and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and has a limited theaters December 23rd before expanding nationwide on January 6th.
“Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”: Writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu heads back behind the camera for his new film “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” which follows a journalist/documentation going through an identity crisis as he returns to his native country, Mexico. After having its world premiere at this past Venice Film Festival and appearing at Telluride Film Festival, Iñárritu’s latest story of personal crisis is set to hit Netflix on December 16th.
“I Want to Dance with Somebody”: Director Kasi Lemmons celebrates the life of one of the greatest female vocalists ever, Whitney Houston, with her latest film. With Naomi Ackle (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) playing Houston and Stanley Tucci (“The Devil Wears Prada”) as Clive Davis, this is sure to be an emotional ride for everyone who loved Houston and continue to mourn her tragic early loss. The film is set to hit theaters nationwide on December 23rd.
“Corsage”: Vicky Krieps (“Old”) and writer/director Marie Kreutzer (“The Ground Beneath My Feet”)come together for a surprisingly emotional and cleverly comedic film with Corsage. The film sees Krieps deliver an award-worthy performance as Empress Elisabeth of Austria as she deals with a troublesome point in her life that leads to some delightfully rebellious charm and personal turmoil. The film has already received plenty of attention from its festival run and will likely wow audiences when it has a limited theater release on December 23rd.
Our very own Tom Moore saw “Corsage” at this past NYFF, check out his review here.