What holiday movies to see and skip this year

From Oscar hopefuls to family flicks, here’s the scoop on the season’s new films, whether they're playing at a multiplex or streaming on your device

The holiday season is often a time for people to come together, sit in front a TV and watch something they can all agree on. Or perhaps it’s a time when you gather and go out to a Chinese restaurant and then catch a movie in the theatre. Whatever your tradition – and whether you’re flying solo or moving in a group – one thing that’s certain is Hollywood will release prestige award-season films and family movies.

NOW critics had a head start on the holidays and have already reviewed many of the year’s buzziest Christmas releases for our annual Holiday Movie Special. We’re also in the throes of Oscar predictions with this breakdown of the films vying for the big prize and what their wins would say about the film industry.

Keep checking this page as NOW’s writers continue to see and review films through to the end of December. And remember a >>> sign indicates a critic’s pick.

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Dumplin’ (NN)

Mowgli: The Legend Of The Jungle (NNN)

Opening December 14:

>>> Ben Is Back (NNNN)

>>> Blaze (NNNN)  

The House That Jack Built (N)

Mary Queen Of Scots (NN)

The Mule (NN)

>>> Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse (NNNN)

December 19:

Mary Poppins Returns (NNN)

December 21:

Aquaman (NNN)

>>> Bird Box (NNNN)

Bumblebee (NNN)

Second Act (N)

>>> Shoplifters (NNNN)

>>> Vox Lux (NNNN)

Welcome To Marwen (N)

December 25:

>>> If Beale Street Could Talk (NNNNN)

On The Basis Of Sex (NN)

Vice (NN)

December 28:

Lifechanger (NNN)

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