The cinema in the spotlight: here are 25 films to brighten up your holiday season

The movie spotlight: Here are 25 movies to brighten up your holiday season your

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Christmas, school holidays and days off are a great time for both going to the movies and watching a feature film on streaming platforms. And this year, there's no shortage of movies, there's something for everyone and every taste! 

Black Panther: Long Live Wakanda< /em>

Indoor

For this second opus of the adventures of the protector of Wakanda, the director and co-screenwriter Ryan Coogler relies on the emotion surrounding the disappearance of Chadwick Boseman, the late interpreter of Black Panther. Between mourning and special effects, the battle for the survival of the imaginary country is fought by Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira. This Marvel, which is like no other, also has a social and political significance that places it in the essential films of the year that is ending.

Falling for Christmas

Via Netflix

For her return to the screen, the former Mean GirlLindsay Lohan chose the Netflix platform and a holiday movie. She plays the daughter of a hotel magnate who loses her memory following a skiing accident. She will (obviously) fall in love with the man who takes her in after her accident. It's candy pink, it requires no thought and it's full of good feelings. But isn't that what we expect from such a feature film?

She said

Indoor

The Weinstein affair had a lasting effect on Hollywood five years ago, with the #MeToo movement continuing to liberate women's voices. Maria Schrader's feature details the investigation by Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan), the New York Times reporters who uncovered the producer's reprehensible practices Harvey Weinstein. The film, which is in the tradition of works such as The President's Men, deeply challenges and constitutes an essential reminder in order to end the abuse and violence against women.

The menu

In theaters

Fans of satirical and twisted crime films will enjoy this < em>Menu, born from the imagination of screenwriters Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, and brought to life by director Mark Mylod. Ralph Fiennes portrays a restorer full of himself and convinced of the importance of his art. Among his flabbergasted and snobbish clients, we find Anya Taylor-Joy or John Leguizamo. Bon appetit!

December 23

En hall

The screenplay by India Desjardins wants, through twists and turns and characters, to make us rediscover the magic of Christmas by following a family and friends who try in vain to spend December 23 together. From canceled New Year's Eve parties to accidents, to snowstorms and misunderstandings, this December 23 gets a little bogged down despite the presence of Guylaine Tremblay, Michel Barrette, Virginie Fortin, Bianca Gervais, François Arnaud, Catherine Brunet and Stéphane Rousseau.

The Fabelmans

Indoor

Steven Spielberg does not hide it, this film has a strong autobiographical flavor. We therefore follow young Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle) as he discovers all the power of cinema. The little boy, then the teenager also realizes that the adult world is not without moral compromises when he discovers the marital problems of his parents, embodied by Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. Fans of one of the greatest American directors will find in Les Fabelman a number of ways to understand his work.

Bones and All

In theaters

There is only Luca Guadagnino (Call me by your name) to manage to combine love, nomadism and cannibalism in this surprising feature film set to music by Atticus Ross and Trent Raznor. Maren (the breathtaking Taylor Russell) sets off on the roads of the Midwest in search of her mother (Chloé Sevigny). There she meets the disturbing Sully (Mark Rylance), then Lee (Timothée Chalamet) with whom she falls in love; all these people sharing the same need to consume human flesh.

O violent night

Indoor

In the series of films that put Christmas in all the sauces, this one wins the palm of the craziest. Indeed, David Harbour, seen in Red Guardian in “Black Widow” embodies a Santa Claus on steroids. Our man will intervene when a wealthy family is taken hostage and deliver them from the evil mercenaries. Note that Beverly D'Angelo, famous for her role as Ellen Griswold in The tree has balls, is in the cast.

Empire of Light

Indoor

Director Sam Mendes wrote the screenplay for this feature film set in the 1980s. Olivia Colman, Colin Firth and Micheal Ward star in it, the film focusing on a love story in a movie theater , all to the soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Emancipation

Through AppleTV

In 1863, the photo of Peter, an American slave, his back deformed from scars linked to whippings received on the plantation he owned, went around the world, helping to strengthen the abolitionist movement in the United States. Director Antoine Fuqua has wanted to bring this story to the screen for more than 10 years, with Will Smith transforming himself into Peter, in addition to producing the feature film with strong political overtones in this era of “Black Lives Matter”.

The high school student

In the dining room

With all the finesse we know him for, Christophe Honored (Please, love and run fast) follows a teenager, Lucas (Paul Kircher), whose life is turned upside down after the death of his father. He then turns to his eldest son Quentin (Vincent Lacoste) for comfort, Juliette Binoche lending her features to their mother. The feature film is an exploration of coming of age in today's society, between the rise of the far right and the pandemic.

Avatar: The Way of the Water

In theaters December 16

Repeatedly postponed, in particular in order to develop the technology necessary for filming underwater scenes, the sequel to James Cameron's blockbuster finally arrives on screens… and in 3D. The Canadian filmmaker once again transports moviegoers to the planet Pandora. More than a decade has passed since the first installment of the pentalogy, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) will do everything to protect their children from the troubles that reign in their world.

The Cellar Man

In theaters December 16< /strong>

In order to tell this psychological suspense, director and co-screenwriter Philippe LeGuay set the plot in the context of real acts of anti-Semitism in France. The filmmaker follows Simon (Jérémie Rénier) and Hélène (Bérénice Béjo), who decide to sell their cellar, located in the building in which they live. Immediately, a buyer (François Cluzet) shows up and moves in without telling the couple. The man turns out to be a Holocaust denier and he will quickly sow discord in the building.

Storm

In theaters December 21

Christian Duguay continues his career in France . And, after Jappeloup, the makings of a champion, the local filmmaker finds the horses again with this adaptation of the novel Storm at the stud farmby Christophe Donner who also collaborated on the screenplay of the film. We meet the young Zoé (Carmen Kassovitz) who dreams of pursuing a career as a jockey. But her horse, Storm, tramples her and she becomes disabled. Armed with uncommon courage, the young girl will do anything to get back in the saddle.

Babylon

In theaters December 23

Damien Chazelle (For the Love of Hollywood and First Man< /em>) transports us to the Hollywood of the turn of the last century, as the nascent American film industry transitioned from silent films to talkies. The filmmaker brings together a plethora of renowned actors around his new feature film. Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde to name a few bring to life this historical-comic epic filmed in California during the pandemic and whose release has been postponed for a year.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

In theaters December 23

Briton Naomi Ackie was chosen by director Kasi Simmons to transform into Whitney Houston in this biographical film about her tragic life and dazzling career. Stanley Tucci plays Clive Davis, her producer, while Tamara Tunie becomes Cissy, the mother of the pop and R&B singer. The screenplay of the feature film shot in Massachusetts is the work of Anthony McCarten, known for his Bohemian Rhapsody on Freddie Mercury and which won the Oscar for best actor to Rami Malek. p>

Simone, the journey of the century

In theaters December 23< /p>

Olivier Dahan dives head first into the life of Simone Veil (Elsa Zylberstein), a politician, known for having passed, as Minister of Health, the law legalizing abortion in France. Deported with her family to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, Simone Veil marked French political life forever. Died in 2017, she became the fifth woman to be buried in the Pantheon.

The whale

In theaters December 23

Charlie (Brendan Fraser, whose performance brought him praise during the screening of the film at the Venice Film Festival) weighs 270 kg. Isolated from his family because of his homosexuality, he tries to reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink). Darren Aronofsky (The Black Swan) took over 10 years to bring this story to the big screen due to his inability to find an actor for the role. It was while watching the feature film Journey to the End of the Night on YouTube that he fell in love with the actor from The Mummy.

Glass Onion: A Tale at Daggers Drawn

Via Netflix December 23

In this sequel to Knives Out written and directed by Rian Johnson, multi-billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) hosts a murder mystery party on his private island, inviting several of his friends… as well as detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), invited by who knows who. We suspect that a real murder will be an opportunity for the latter to showcase his skills.

For children

Cinema during the holidays is bound to be magical. Animated films, elves, Santa Clauses and end-of-year magic are on the menu…

Once upon a time 2

Through Disney

Giselle (Amy Adams) is back! Now married to Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and mother-in-law to Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino), she is also a new mother… which is not without causing her some problems. And she'll make it all worse by turning her suburb into a fairytale place, animations and villainess – played by Maya Rudolph – included. While director Adam Shankman's intentions are laudable, the script written by fewer than five people falls short of expectations.

Avalonia: A Strange World

Indoor

This charming animated film transports us to a world far from our Earth. In Avalonia, the Clades are luminaries. The father, Jaeger (voice of Dennis Quaid in the original version) is an explorer who disappeared trying to climb the mountains that surround the city. His son, Searcher (voice of Jake Gyllenhaal), discoverer of a plant constituting an inexhaustible source of energy, is a farmer. The latter will suddenly be propelled into a surprising universe in the company of his wife and son and will have to save his world…nothing less! A heartwarming eco-fable, this 61st feature film from Disney Studios provides heart-warming family entertainment this snowy season.

Belle and Sébastien: New Generation

In theaters December 9

The heroes of our childhood are now available in a lively way in this French production which takes up the origins of this great classic. The 10-year-old boy has to go, despite himself, to his aunt and grandmother to help them. In the mountain town, he crosses paths with Belle, a dog abused by its cruel owner. The sequel – well known, but which includes some modifications – with Michèle Laroque and Caroline Anglade can be seen on the big screen.

Ernest and Célestine: Le voyage en Charabie

In theaters December 16

Directors Julien Chheng and Jean-Christophe Roger offer children an animated tale with the voices of Lambert Wilson and Pauline Brunner. Young Ernest absolutely must have his broken violin repaired. However, only the Charabie luthier can restore the instrument to working order. When the two friends set foot in this country, they discover with horror that music is now prohibited there. Listening only to their courage and armed with their own ingenuity, Ernest and Célestine will try to bring joy back to Charabie.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

In theaters December 21

It is well known, cats have nine lives and the feline with the cape, the sword and the hat adorned with a feather lives its last. Unable to bring himself to this fatality, the intrepid puss in boots then begins a craziest adventure to find the legendary Last Wish and thus obtain his nine lives again. Careful, it sucks. And Antonio Banderas resumes his dubbing of the green-eyed hero while Salma Hayek and Florence Pugh have fun with him.

Little Nicolas: What are we waiting for to be happy ?

In theaters December 23

The very French little boy returns in an animated version after having enchanted us in several films taken from real views. This time, he interacts with Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny, its creators, in a feature film full of nostalgia and emotion. The filmmakers Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre blur the line between reality and fiction in order to dwell on the genesis of the endearing and mischievous child. Alain Chabat and Laurent Lafitte lend their voices with great panache and enthusiasm to the two iconic designers.