Candy Cane Lane, Netflix’s May December, and every new movie to watch this weekend

Comfortable December, Polygon readers. Christmas movie season is right here, and there are tons of new Christmas films slated to come out over the following month.

This week, there are 4 in that class: the critically acclaimed The Holdovers, Eddie Murphy’s Candy Cane Lane, Netflix’s Household Swap, and the horror movie It’s a Fantastic Knife. However that’s not all that’s new this week: Carol director Todd Haynes has a buzzy new movie out on Netflix, there’s a second movie with musical numbers named Leo dropping on Netflix in as many weeks, and large franchise reboots Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future and The Exorcist: Believer make their streaming platform debuts.

That’s solely touching the floor — December is normally a busy time for new films to watch at house, and this 12 months isn’t any totally different. Let’s dig into it.

New on Netflix

May December

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Netflix

Picture: Francois Duhamel/Netflix

Style: Drama
Run time: 1h 57m
Director: Todd Haynes
Forged: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton

One in all our nice trendy filmmakers is again with one other thorny story — this about an actor (Natalie Portman) finding out a girl (Julianne Moore) she goes to play in a movie. The girl (based mostly loosely on convicted intercourse offender Mary Kay Letourneau) is thought for her scandalous relationship along with her husband (Charles Melton), who she first met when he was a minor. Melton has already received a number of awards for his portrayal of the husband, and because it’s a Todd Haynes movie, you possibly can count on a luxurious, at occasions uncomfortable watch led by implausible performances.


The place to watch: Out there to stream on Netflix

Vijay dances with hundreds of people in a warehouse in Leo

Picture: Seven Display Studios

Style: Thriller
Run time: 2h 39m
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Forged: Vijay

No, you aren’t seeing double. Sure, final week, Netflix premiered its “Adam Sandler as a talking lizard” animated musical Leo. This week, the Tamil box-office hit Leo, a remake of David Cronenberg’s A Historical past of Violence, lands on the platform.

Each Leos on Netflix prominently function musical numbers, however they couldn’t be extra totally different films. In this one, a espresso store proprietor and household man (Vijay) dispatches a gaggle of killers at his enterprise, making him an in a single day sensation. This raises the curiosity of a gangster, who believes the person is his long-lost son.

Leo is the third movie in director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s LCU, after Kaithi and Vikram. There are a number of repeat characters in this one, however neither of the earlier films are crucial to perceive it (however they’re each higher, so I’d say they’re price trying out).

Household Swap

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Netflix

(L-R) Ed Helms as Bill, Brady Noon as Wyatt, Emma Myers as CC and Jennifer Garner as Jess in Family Switch.

Picture: Elizabeth Morris/Netflix

Style: Sci-fi household comedy
Run time: 1h 41m
Director: McG
Forged: Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, Emma Myers

It’s Freaky Friday, squared! From McG (Charlie’s Angels), this spin on the body-swap trope provides a touch of Christmas to the formulation and has all 4 members of the principal household swap our bodies.

American Symphony

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Netflix

Jon Batiste performing on stage in American Symphony.

Picture: Netflix

Style: Documentary
Run time: 1h 44m
Director: Matthew Heineman
Forged: Jon Batiste, Suleika Jaouad

This documentary follows two artists in love going through a tough state of affairs: One, award-winning musician Jon Batiste, is writing a symphony, whereas his companion, bestselling writer Suleika Jaouad, is being handled for most cancers.

New on Disney Plus

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Disney Plus

Indiana Jones looks panicked as he drives a cart with Helena and Teddy in the backseat in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Picture: Lucasfilm

Style: Motion-adventure
Run time: 2h 34m
Director: James Mangold
Forged: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen

Harrison Ford’s remaining outing as Indiana Jones sees the whip-wielding archaeologist adventurer embark on one final intrepid expedition together with his estranged goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) as they race the world over looking for an historical artifact earlier than a Nazi rocket scientist (Mads Mikkelsen) will get his nefarious arms on it.

From our assessment:

Mangold is a really positive director able to helming stable crowd-pleasers (Ford v Ferrari, Stroll the Line) and even respiratory new life into the dying X-Males franchise with Logan. However Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future seems nameless. Its visible type is drab in a approach that drains the movie of any persona. When Indiana Jones makes his approach by means of boobytrapped caves in torchlight in Raiders of the Misplaced Ark, the distinction between the surface world and this creepy tomb evokes a singular surprise. However just about every scene in darkness right here is scantily lit and exhausting to see. And like many a contemporary blockbuster, Dial of Future leans on fast cuts that heighten the tempo of Indiana’s brawls with the Nazis, however the choreography is barely discernible.

New on Hulu

A Compassionate Spy

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Hulu

Stylized graphic of Theodore Alvin Hall nametag in “A Compassionate Spy.”

Picture: Magnolia Footage

Style: Documentary
Run time: 1h 41m
Director: Steve James
Forged: Tom Goodwin, Mickey O’Sullivan

Legendary documentarian Steve James (Hoop Desires) turns his digicam towards the story of Theodore Corridor, a physicist who labored on the Manhattan Challenge and gave info to the Soviets in regards to the growth of The Bomb. The documentary makes use of interview footage with Corridor and his spouse, in addition to reenactments and archival footage.

New on Prime Video

Candy Cane Lane

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Prime Video

Eddie Murphy in a cheery Christmas sweater

Picture: Prime Video

Style: Christmas
Run time: 1h 57m
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Forged: Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jillian Bell

It’s a really Eddie Murphy Christmas on Prime Video. He’s a person decided to win a Christmas house ornament contest, and he makes a cope with an elf (Jillian Bell) that has unexpected penalties on his city.

New on Paramount Plus

The Lesson

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Paramount Plus

Richard E. Grant sits at a dinner table and looks severe in The Lesson.

Picture: Bleecker Avenue

Style: Thriller
Run time: 1h 43m
Director: Alice Troughton
Forged: Daryl McCormack, Richard E. Grant, Julie Delpy

A younger author (Daryl McCormack) agrees to tutor the son of his idol (Richard E. Grant). However all will not be because it appears, as darkish secrets and techniques threaten to tangle the author in this household’s internet.

Earth Mama

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Paramount Plus

A pregnant woman (Tia Nomore) sits on the floor with two young children as they read and play in Earth Mama.

Picture: A24

Style: Drama
Run time: 1h 37m
Director: Savanah Leaf
Forged: Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Doechii

A pregnant single mom within the Bay Space hopes to reclaim her two youngsters from foster care in this transferring drama from first-time function director Savanah Leaf. It’s probably the greatest films of the 12 months.

New on Peacock

The Exorcist: Believer

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Peacock

Two possessed, scarred and bruised children sit back to back on the floor and glare at the camera above them in The Exorcist: Believer

Picture: Common Studios

Style: Horror
Run time: 1h 51m
Director: David Gordon Inexperienced
Forged: Leslie Odom Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd

After a brief theatrical run, David Gordon Inexperienced’s new entry within the Exorcist franchise arrives at house. It’s a weird twist on the franchise, per our assessment:

Up till this most up-to-date movie, the title The Exorcist carried some weight. Whereas its function as a illustration of high quality was up for debate, its mark as an indication of ambition was not. For the reason that authentic Exorcist, the sequence has offered a few of American cinema’s greatest and most attention-grabbing artists with area to ruminate on religion and evil. Believer lacks the ambition that’s meant to outline an Exorcist movie. That is probably the most profound assertion the movie has to provide, seemingly by chance: If the results of transferring previous God is that all the things on the earth will really feel as empty and pointless as The Exorcist: Believer, we should always cling to religion endlessly.

New on Shudder

It’s a Fantastic Knife

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Shudder

Jane Widdop smiles with twinkly lights in the background in It’s a Wonderful Knife

Picture: RLJE Movies

Style: Horror
Run time: 1h 27m
Director: Tyler MacIntyre
Forged: Jane Widdop, Justin Lengthy, Joel McHale

It’s a Fantastic Life meets the slasher style in this Christmas movie a few woman who needs she’d by no means been born, solely to uncover what number of lives that would actually price.

New on Starz

Pleasure Experience

The place to watch: Out there to stream on Starz

(L-R) Stephanie Hsu, Sherry Cola, Ashley Park, and Sabrina Wu in Joyride.

Picture: Araquel/Lionsgate

Style: Comedy
Run time: 1h 35m
Director: Adele Lim
Forged: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu

What if somebody took the 2017 comedy Ladies Journey and mixed it with the soul-searching drama of Return to Seoul? You may get one thing like Pleasure Experience, the new comedy a few 4 Chinese language American buddies who bond by means of their shared journey to monitor down their delivery moms.

New on MGM Plus


The place to watch: Out there to stream on MGM Plus

A group of high school girls in Bottoms.

Picture: Orion Footage

Style: Comedy
Run time: 1h 31m
Director: Emma Seligman
Forged: Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Marshawn Lynch

Teen woman comedies are again in a giant approach, and Bottoms is a standout of this 12 months’s crop. A trio of comedic powerhouses star in this movie about highschool ladies who begin a battle membership to strive and impress the favored ladies in school they’ve crushes on. Chaos ensues.

From our assessment:

Bottoms is strongest when it totally indulges that satire. A part of the highschool’s hype technique for the massive soccer sport includes plastering the halls with closely sexualized shirtless posters of the star quarterback. A classroom scene inexplicably includes one of many college students standing in a cage. After a very climatic second, a tragic montage performs out, set to none aside from Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” a needle drop so ridiculously 2000s that it transcends time and area.


The place to watch: Out there to stream on MGM Plus

A man (Liam Neeson) standing in a forested area in front of a dark sedan dress in a brown pinstripe suit, dark red tie, and a gray fedora.

Picture: Quim Vives/Briarcliff Leisure

Style: Neo-noir crime thriller
Run time: 1h 49m
Director: Neil Jordan
Forged: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange

Liam Neeson (Taken) performs Raymond Chandler’s iconic down-on-his-luck detective in a function size adaptation of the 2014 Philip Marlowe novel The Black-Eyed Blonde by John Banville. Employed by a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger) to confirm the whereabouts of her ex-lover and deliver them again, Marlowe rapidly finds himself entrenched in an investigation that goes far deeper (and doubtlessly far deadlier) than a lover’s quarrel.

New to lease

The Holdovers

The place to watch: Out there to lease on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

Paul Giamatti gesturing towards a tree in a large room in The Holdovers.

Picture: Focus Options

Style: Comedy drama
Run time: 2h 13m
Director: Alexander Payne
Forged: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph, Dominic Sessa

A robust late awards-season contender, The Holdovers has been beloved by every single individual I’ve seen watch it. It’s about three folks left at a New England boarding college for Christmas in 1970 — an uptight trainer (Paul Giamatti), the college’s head cook dinner (Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph), and a sulking scholar (Dominic Sessa).


The place to watch: Out there to lease on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

(L-R) John Cena, Juan Pablo Raba, and Alison Brie in Freelance.

Picture: Relativity Media

Style: Motion comedy
Run time: 1h 48m
Director: Pierre Morel
Forged: John Cena, Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba

Taken director Pierre Morel strikes to a extra comedic mode right here, in this movie a few former Particular Forces officer (John Cena) and a journalist (Alison Brie) who journey to a fictional nation collectively to interview the nation’s dictator.

5 Nights at Freddy’s

The place to watch: Out there to lease on Amazon, Apple, and Peacock

Five Nights at Freddy’s signature animatronics — Foxy, Chica, Freddy Fazbear, and Bonnie — lurk in the darkness in the movie spinoff

Picture: Patti Perret/Common Footage

Style: Supernatural horror thriller
Run time: 1h 50m
Director: Emma Tammi
Forged: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio

The huge hit online game sequence lastly will get a horror movie adaptation, and Common goes with the 2021 launch mannequin of simultaneous house and theatrical releases. Will it work for them? Solely time will inform, however what it means for you is that you would be able to watch a movie in regards to the notorious, creepy pizza restaurant and its cursed animatronic animals both at house or in theaters.

From our assessment:

The movie’s funniest line is unintentional, when Mike earnestly explains, “I’m having a hard time just processing everything that’s happened,” as if he’s working by means of a troublesome breakup slightly than a sequence of more and more weird animatronic assaults. He’s proper, although. For a movie with such a easy, interesting premise, 5 Nights at Freddy’s is rather a lot to course of.

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