While trying to squeeze a tenth viewing of the new “Star Wars” film into your schedules over the Christmas holiday, you may want to also consider checking out one of the many new movies in theaters on Christmas day. Among them is “Joy,” the latest effort from director David O. Russell that stars his frequent collaborators Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. Also coming out this Friday are two movies that have been getting some awards buzz for the performances featured in them: the ensemble drama “The Big Short,” and the drama “Concussion,” which stars Will Smith as a doctor fighting for the safety of football players after making a discovery regarding brain trauma. For those looking for something a little more light-hearted, there’s the remake of the action movie “Point Break,”, and the comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as rival dads. Read more about those movies and more below, and leave a comment at the bottom letting us know what you’ll be watching this Christmas.
“Joy”: Written and directed by David O. Russell, this comedy/drama stars Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a woman who becomes the matriarch of her large family and a powerful businesswoman when she invents the Miracle Mop. But she must deal with all the problems that come with success, from the ruthless world of business to friends becoming enemies. Costarring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rosselini, and Edgar Ramirez. Runtime: 124 minutes. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Read more at IMDB.
“Concussion”: This sports drama directed by Peter Landesman stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist who discovered and made brain trauma among football players known—and struggled to fight for their safety against a powerful American institution. Runtime: 123 minutes. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images and language. Read more at IMDB.
“Daddy’s Home”: This comedy directed by Sean Anders stars Will Ferrell as Brad Whitaker, a mild-mannered man who strives to be the best dad ever to his stepkids. But he faces some strong competition for their love with their biological dad, the laid-back Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) shows up for a visit. Runtime: 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. Read more at IMDB.
“The Big Short”: Based on a true story, this drama directed by Adam McKay follows the four men who predicted the housing collapse in the mid-2000s, and chronicles their crusade against the greedy bank leaders who caused it. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Brad Pitt. Runtime: 130 minutes. Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity. Read more at IMDB.
“Point Break”: This action movie directed by Ericson Core—a remake of the 1991 film of the same name—follows young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), who goes undercover to investigate an extreme sports group who may be stealing from large corporations. But as he gets to know the group’s members better, Utah’s allegiances become conflicted. Also starring Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer, and Ray Winstone. Runtime: 113 minutes. Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic material involving perilous activity, some sexuality, language and drug material. Read more at IMDB.
Other movies opening in St. Louis:
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre