IMDb Editors' Picks: Best Movies and TV for December

by IMDb-Editors | created - 22 Nov 2016 | updated - 30 Nov 2016 | Public

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1. White Rabbit Project (2016)

TV-PG | 48 min | Reality-TV

Scientists investigate unusual events from pop culture, science and history.

Stars: Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Fink

Votes: 1,380

Ex-MythBusters Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara are back in Netflix's rather "MythBuster"-y series "White Rabbit Project." The new A-Team will be ranking and recreating history's greatest inventions, escapes, heists, and more and doing what they do best, building and destroying lots of things. This one looks like a lot of fun. I really missed those guys. — Vanessa

Airs Friday, Dec. 9, on Netflix

2. America's Next Top Model (2003– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

A cyclical competition where women from all over the U.S. compete for the honor of being America's next "it girl" in the modeling world.

Stars: Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks, J. Alexander

Votes: 16,826

After faithfully watching "ANTM" for its entire run, I was content when I heard the 21st season would be the last for Tyra's opus. But I did squeal with joy to hear it would return with a new look and new host, Rita Ora. I can't imagine ANTM without #tyramail and #bootytooch but trust Ms. Banks found a fierce new host to take the show to a new level. — Michelle

"America's Next Top Model" premieres Monday, Dec. 12, on VH1.

3. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 450,384 | Gross: $151.10M

REJOICE! Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are reunited once again! La La Land is a musical that follows Sebastian (Gosling) a jazz pianist and Mia (Stone) an aspiring actress following their dreams in Los Angeles. Need I say more? Take my money. — Akimi

Opens in theaters Friday, Dec. 16.

4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 491,408 | Gross: $532.18M

There's way too much for a diehard Star Wars fan to get excited about with the release of the first standalone film in the franchise. But let me just briefly mention a couple of things we can all look forward to: Felicity Jones as the central protagonist, a supporting cast that looks ever more diverse, a new villain to hate (with a white cape, to boot), and, of course, the return of Darth Vader. — Bret

Opens in theaters Friday, Dec. 16.

5. The Man in the High Castle (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a dystopian America dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, a young woman discovers a mysterious film that may hold the key to toppling the totalitarian regimes.

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans

Votes: 69,118

Who is The Man in the High Castle? I have to know! In Season 2, we will find out. — Lance

Season 2 premieres Friday, Dec. 16 on Amazon Prime.

6. Passengers (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 319,153 | Gross: $100.01M

Passengers is the perfect date movie. It’s a sci-fi romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. What more could you ask for? Two beautiful humans are stuck in space after waking up 90 years too early. Obviously they fall in love — but the true mystery is why did they wake up in the first place? Find out on December 21. — Akimi

Opens in theaters Friday, Dec. 21.

7. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 25,639 | Gross: $1.49M

I'm a Pedro Almodóvar completist, and though the script and its execution haven't earned the strongest reviews in Almodóvar's career, I'm intrigued by the fact that he has adapted short stories by Alice Munro and teamed with a new cinematographer, Jean-Claude Larrieu, whose work has received perhaps the best notices here. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21

8. Assassin's Creed (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, before taking on the secret Templar society.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 170,624 | Gross: $54.65M

Just like Pedro Almodóvar, I will follow Michael Fassbender anywhere, even if it's back in time to the Spanish Inquisition for a video game movie that has a giant, expensive question mark hanging over it. The first two trailers have been massively entertaining, and this is certainly one of the finest casts to appear in a video game adaptation. Plus, Justin Kurzel directed Fassbender in the underrated Macbeth two years ago, and I think the duo will bring something new and unexpected to the genre. — Arno

Opens on Wednesday, Dec. 21

9. Sing (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.

Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson

Votes: 120,195 | Gross: $270.40M

Any movie capable of marrying our ongoing fascination with singing competitions and hapless, lovable animated animals seems worthy of an extra look. And to be honest, I've loved every one of the film's trailers. Here's a title to enjoy with viewers of any age this holiday season. — Bret

Opens in U.S. theaters Wednesday, Dec. 21

10. A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

76 Metascore

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell

Votes: 72,862 | Gross: $3.73M

A Monster Calls, the third film from Spanish director J.A. Bayona, looks like the best kind of escapist fantasy. Childhood is a tough time and too many children are asked to cope with life-changing loss very early in their lives. During dark times, I think we all wish we had a monster to call. — Lance

Opens in limited release Friday, Dec. 23, before a wide release in U.S. theaters Friday, Jan. 6

11. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 89,290 | Gross: $57.64M

When I first saw the trailer for Denzel Washington's new movie, my first thought was "this is the scene they will play just before he wins the award for Best Actor." They may sound like an exaggeration but from the reviews I've read recently, Denzel and Viola give such raw and emotional performances, they will be sure contenders i noted awards season. Regardless, I can't wait to see the film if I was that moved by the trailer. — Michelle

Opens in theaters Sunday, Dec. 25

12. Gold (I) (2016)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll

Votes: 51,808 | Gross: $7.22M

Another transformative role for Matthew McConaughey with shades of The Wolf of Wall Street make this a must-see ahead of awards season, in which this will almost certainly be a contender. — Michael

Opens in limited release Sunday, Dec. 25, before a wide release in U.S. theaters Friday, Jan. 27

13. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 186,505

For Whovians the wait has been long and hard, though not as long and hard as it's been for BBC Sherlockians. (Am I right?) We haven't had a visit from the Doctor since the 2015 Christmas special: "The Husbands of River Song," but thankfully the wait is almost over. Peter Capaldi returns this Christmas in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio." Watch it a couple of times as it will have to tide us over until April when we finally get to meet the newest companion Bill (Pearl Mackie), and get the adventures of space and time going again. — Vanessa

Airs Sunday, Dec. 25, on BBC America

14. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 57,862 | Gross: $2.14M

For me, Adam Driver is one of the greatest actors of his generation and any opportunity to see him on screen is worth taking. This film is also notable for winning the Palm Dog at Cannes, rewarding the performance of Driver's canine companion, Marvin, played by the late Nellie. — Michael

Opens in limited release Wednesday, Dec. 28

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