Christmas Special: December 2016 Movie Releases You Should Watch During The Holidays

By Dan Niel , Nov 30, 2016 01:06 PM EST

Looking for new movies to watch during the Christmas holidays? It could be a romantic movie for your Christmas date with your lover or maybe some action or comedy to watch with your family. Here are some upcoming movies in December 2016 you can consider in your Christmas watchlist:

"La La Land" (December 9)

Following their previous projects "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Gangster Squad," the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone team-up will make us fall in love again with romantic-comedy film, "La La Land." It follows the love story of an aspiring actress who serves coffee for famous movie stars and a jazz musician who performs in dingy bars to earn enough money. How will the two overcome problems in their careers as romance sparks in the heart of Los Angeles? It is worthy to note that the movie was critically acclaimed during its screening at the Venice Film Festival in August.  

"Office Christmas Party" (December 9)

You will definitely feel the Christmas spirit with comedy film, "Office Christmas Party." Zenotek CEO Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) is trying to close the company branch handled by his hard-partying brother, Clay (T. J. Miller). How can the whole branch save their jobs? They must catch the attention of a potential client by organizing an impressive Christmas party. Thus, the party planning with their jobs on the line starts.

"Rogue One" (December 16)

The first ever standalone movie of the "Star Wars" franchise is landing to theaters. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is set after "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and before the original "Star Wars." Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) was recruited by a group of rebels to steal the design of Death Staw, the new weapon of the Galactic Empire.

"Assassin's Creed" (December 21)

Gamers rejoice! The "Assassin's Creed" movie adaptation is just in time for Christmas. This movie is set on the same world as the game but the story and most of the characters are original. It follows Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), a criminal who was rescued from execution by Abstergo Industries, the modern version of the Templar Order. He is forced to join the Animus Project and with the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, a former assassin in 15th century Spain, he develops the skills necessary to go against the oppressive Templars in the present day. Some of the game characters who are expected to make an appearance are Alan Rikkin and Baptiste.

"Passengers" (December 21)

This is a strange sci-fi and rom-com hybrid but the plot is interesting so it's worth a shot. On a space craft meant to transport more than five thousand people to a new home. Two people (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) woke up 90 years too early due to a malfunction and apparently, the whole ship is in danger. The two find possible solutions for the problem and fell in love. The movie is gaining criticism for its inconsistent marketing. The first trailer portrayed a space thriller while the third trailer was focused on romance.

"Silence" (December 23)

If you are aiming for a holy Christmas eve, this one is right for you. "Silence" follows the story of Christian missionaries during the 17th century based on a 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo. Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) went to Japan to find their mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who abandoned Christianity after being tortured by the Japanese. The movie is set during the Kakure Kirishitan (Hidden Christians) in Japan, a time when Christians were forbidden and subjected to persecution.


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