Movies Not to Miss: December 2018

Writer: Casey Lee

Which of these are you going to watch?

The year is ending but it still feels like the year is starting, based on the variety of releases that are coming in the final month of 2018. Christmas is the season to be jolly and moviegoers would surely be jolly with the variety of movies coming this December, reminding us that everyone can find something to enjoy during the month of Christmas.

From Hollywood blockbuster adaptations, superhero franchises, to a sprinkle of potential award contenders, this month's release schedule is more than enough to keep the cinema seats warm and say goodbye to an otherwise outstanding year of movies in our cinemas.

Here's our recommended Movies Not to Miss for December 2017 and we will see you next year!

Mortal Engines

Coming out from Middle Earth, all minds were curious as to what would be Peter Jackson's next project until it was announced in 2016 that his adaptation of the Philip Reeve's novel "Mortal Engines" has started production. However, instead of taking the director's chair, "Mortal Engines" is being directed by "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" special effects collaborator Christian Rivers, who makes his directorial debut with it. Based on the novel where the city of London is turned into a moving city on wheels that chomps down on other cities for resources, "Mortal Engines" centres on two teenagers who are left to fend for themselves in a destroyed Earth, after a failed assassination attempt on London's new leadership. Fresh faces Hera Hilmar and Robert Sheehan take the lead in the young-adult sounding mesh of "Mad Max" and "Dredd", along with veterans such as Hugo Weaving as the menacing villain.

General Release Date: 6 December

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

2018 ends with another superhero showdown between Marvel and DC, but this would not be a live-action beatdown between superheroes from the two franchises. Revealed during the Sony hack of 2014, Sony continues to expand and develop its Spider-verse with a radical approach to how Marvel superheroes have been portrayed thus far. If you are hoping that Sony would stop bringing us through the wringer of revisiting Spider-Man's origin story, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" takes on the wider comic multiverse approach to expand its cinematic universe for Sony's rights to Spider-Man. Centred on fan-favourite Miles Morales as Spider-Man in one alternative universe, he finds himself in different Spider-verses that has an adult Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen fighting against familiar foes across the universes. Voice cast includes Shameik Moore as Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, and Jake Johnson as a jaded Peter Parker, additional voices are provided by Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Nicolas Cage, and Stan Lee in one of his last Marvel cameos.

General Release Date: 13 December


Going toe-to-toe with Sony's "Into the Spider-Verse" is a DC property that goes under the sea. Arthur Curry, the half human heir to the throne of Atlantis, has to find middle ground between those who live on the surface and his underwater subjects who howl for blood for the damage done to the seas. This is "Fast & Furious'" game-changing director James Wan's entry into the cinematic world of superheroes, which could possibly inject new energy and tone to the DC franchise where Zack Snyder had failed. Aside from Jason Momoa who makes his third appearance as the titular character, the cast also has Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and Djimon Hounsou entering the DCEU canon, with Julie Andrews voicing Karathen.

General Release Date: 21 December


Some of you may be shrugging as to why do we need another Transformer movie, but we see things are being done a little differently this time that is worth giving a chance. Even though it's still produced by Michael Bay, it doesn't seem to have all the explosive stamps all over it from the trailers, possibly since we have Travis Knight of "Kubo and the Two Strings" in the director's chair instead. The cast list is also looking to be friendlier with Hailee Steinfeld in the lead, opposite John Cena. Even the scoring and design of the Transformers seem to be going through an overhaul to something that is more recognisable to fans of the cartoon series.

Although the premise of alien robots coming to invade Earth still stands, the trailer seems to be getting closer to the heart than finding every opportunity to blast an action sequence into our faces. For all that, "Bumblebee" might be the Transformers movie we wish we had, and it might be time that we finally get it.

General Release Date: 25 December

Mary Poppins Returns

The sequel that we waited for for 54 years could probably be the best gift this Christmas. The movie is set 25 years after the events in 1964, with Michael and Jane all grown up and starting their own families. When tragedy strikes Michael and his three children, Mary Poppins walks through the door of their home at Cherry Tree Lane and into their lives again. But before you think Disney is rushing into another shameless cash grab by making these classic sequels, "Mary Poppins Returns" is looking to pull all the stops to pay homage to its predecessor. Not just from the hybrid of live-action with hand drawn animations, or composing a new list of song and dance numbers performed by cast and musicians, but even bringing back some of the original cast like Dick Van Dyke to star. Not to mention having Emily Blunt take the lead as well as having Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth as part of the cast.

General Release Date: 25 December

Cinema Online, 01 December 2018

Related Movies:
Mortal Engines (06 Dec 2018)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (13 Dec 2018)
Aquaman (21 Dec 2018)
Bumblebee (25 Dec 2018)
Mary Poppins Returns (25 Dec 2018)

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