Hollywood pulls out the stops for holiday movies – Boston Herald

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Major entries mark Hollywood’s Holiday Preview, highlighted by year-end awards contenders as the nation looks to get to a post-pandemic normal. (Release dates subject to change.)
“She Said”  – The race by two New York Times’ reporters (Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan) to expose Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse.
“The Menu” –  Blackly comic horror entry serves up Ralph Fiennes as one deranged chef.
“The Inspection” –  True story of a gay man (Jeremy Pope) who enlists in the Marines to win over his homophobic mother (Gabrielle Union).
“Strange World” – Disney’s 61st animated feature, a sci-fi action adventure with voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.
“The Fabelmans” – Steven Spielberg’s fictionalized autobiographical account of his film-centric youth. Won Toronto Film Festival’s audience award, often a potent indicator of Oscar’s Best Picture.
“Devotion” – The Navy’s first Black aviator flies into war-torn ‘50s Korea.
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” – Daniel Craig returns as detective Benoit Blanc in another Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.
“Bones and All” – Cannibal Timothee Chalamet roams America in search of love.
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” – Laura Poitras’ eye-opening doc charts how photographer turned activist Nan Goldin brought down the Sacklers.  Won Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion.
“White Noise” – (opens Nov 25)  From Don DeLillo’s postmodern novel, Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are a couple freaked out by ‘80s America.
“The Son” Hugh – (opens Nov. 25) Jackman goes for a second Best Actor Oscar nomination in this semi-sequel to Florian Zeller’s Oscar-winning “The Father.” Here, Anthony Hopkins reprises that father as his son Jackman suffers mightily with his own teenage son.
“Women Talking” – Writer-director Sarah Polley lets women in a religious cult debate escaping their menfolk’s physical and sexual abuse.  Frances McDormand produced and co-stars.
“Emancipation” – Will Smith as a historical figure crucial to ending slavery.
“Empire of Light” – Olivia Colman has issues working in the 1980s in a classic piece of British cinema.
“The Whale” – Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed turn as an obese invalid makes this a must-see.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” – James Cameron’s 1st sequel to his 2007 blockbuster with several more on the way.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – A Whitney Houston biopic produced by her mentor (and played by Stanley Tucci).
“Corsage” – Vicky Krieps is Elisabeth, the unhappy 19th century Empress of Austria.
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