Weekend Movie Options: Candy Cane Lane, Netflix’s May December, and More

Eddie Murphy in a cheery Christmas sweater

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Happy December, Polygon viewers. Christmas movie period is below, and there are lots of new Christmas movies slated ahead out over the following month.

This week, there are 4 because classification: the seriously well-known The Holdovers, Eddie Murphy’s Candy Cane Lane, Netflix’s Family Switch, and the scary film It’s a Wonderful Knife. But that’s not all that’s brand-new today: Carol supervisor Todd Haynes has a buzzy brand-new film out on Netflix, there’s a 2nd film with music numbers called Leo going down on Netflix in as numerous weeks, and huge franchise business restarts Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and The Exorcist: Believer make their streaming system debuts.

That’s just touching the surface area — December is normally a hectic time for brand-new flicks to see in the house, and this year is no various. Let’s go into it.

New on Netflix

May December

Where to see: Available to stream on Netflix

(L-R) Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Berry and Julianne Moore as Gracie Atherton-Yoo in May December.

Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix

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

One of our fantastic contemporary filmmakers is back with one more tough tale — this regarding a star (Natalie Portman) examining a female (Julianne Moore) she is mosting likely to play in a movie. The female (based freely on founded guilty sex culprit Mary Kay Letourneau) is understood for her outrageous partnership with her partner (Charles Melton), that she initially satisfied when he was a small. Melton has actually currently won several honors for his representation of the partner, and as it’s a Todd Haynes film, you can anticipate a superb, sometimes uneasy watch led by amazing efficiencies.


Where to see: Available to stream on Netflix

Vijay dances with hundreds of people in a warehouse in Leo

Image: Seven Screen Studios

Genre: Thriller
Run time: 2h 39m
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Cast: Vijay

No, you are not seeing double. Yes, recently, Netflix premiered its “Adam Sandler as a talking lizard” computer animated music Leo. This week, the Tamil box-office hit Leo, a remake of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, arrive on the system.

Both Leos on Netflix plainly attribute music numbers, yet they couldn’t be a lot more various flicks. In this set, a coffeehouse proprietor and married man (Vijay) sends off a team of awesomes at his company, making him an over night experience. This elevates the passion of a mobster, that thinks the male is his long-lost boy.

Leo is the 3rd film in supervisor Lokesh Kanagaraj’s LCU, after Kaithi and Vikram. There are a couple of repeat personalities in this one, yet neither of the previous flicks are needed to comprehend it (yet they are both far better, so I’d state they’re worth looking into).

Family Switch

Where to see: Available 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.

Photo: Elizabeth Morris/Netflix

Genre: Sci-fi family members funny
Run time: 1h 41m
Director: McG
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, Emma Myers

It’s Freaky Friday, made even! From McG (Charlie’s Angels), this spin on the body-swap trope includes a dashboard of Christmas to the formula and has all 4 participants of the major family members swap bodies.

American Symphony

Where to see: Available to stream on Netflix

Jon Batiste performing on stage in American Symphony.

Image: Netflix

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

This docudrama adheres to 2 musicians crazy encountering a tight spot: One, acclaimed artist Jon Batiste, is composing a harmony, while his companion, bestselling writer Suleika Jaouad, is being dealt with for cancer cells.

New on Disney Plus

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Where to see: Available 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

Image: Lucasfilm

Genre: Action-journey
Run time: 2h 34m
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen

Harrison Ford’s last getaway as Indiana Jones sees the whip-wielding excavator traveler start one last brave exploration with his separated goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) as they race throughout the globe looking for an old artefact prior to a Nazi rocket researcher (Mads Mikkelsen) obtains his villainous hands on it.

From our review:

Mangold is an extremely great supervisor efficient in helming strong crowd-pleasers (Ford v Ferrari, Walk the Line) and also reviving the dying X-Men franchise with Logan. But Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny looks confidential. Its aesthetic design is boring in a manner that drains pipes the movie of any type of individuality. When Indiana Jones makes his method via boobytrapped give in torchlight in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the comparison in between the outdoors and this weird burial place stimulates a particular marvel. But practically every scene in darkness below is scantily lit and hard to see. And like numerous a contemporary hit, Dial of Destiny leans on fast cuts that enhance the rate of Indiana’s quarrels with the Nazis, yet the choreography is hardly noticeable.

New on Hulu

A Compassionate Spy

Where to see: Available to stream on Hulu

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

Image: Magnolia Pictures

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

Legendary documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams) transforms his video camera towards the tale of Theodore Hall, a physicist that dealt with the Manhattan Project and provided info to the Soviets regarding the advancement of The Bomb. The docudrama makes use of meeting video footage with Hall and his spouse, along with reenactments and historical video footage.

New on Prime Video

Candy Cane Lane

Where to see: Available to stream on Prime Video

Eddie Murphy in a cheery Christmas sweater

Image: Prime Video

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

It’s an extremely Eddie Murphy Christmas on Prime Video. He’s a male established to win a Christmas home decor competition, and he negotiates with a fairy (Jillian Bell) that has unpredicted effects on his community.

New on Paramount Plus

The Lesson

Where to see: Available to stream on Paramount Plus

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

Image: Bleecker Street

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

A young author (Daryl McCormack) accepts tutor the boy of his idolizer (Richard E. Grant). But all is not as it appears, as dark tricks endanger to entangle the author in this family members’s internet.

Earth Mama

Where to see: Available 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.

Image: A24

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

An expectant solitary mom in the Bay Area wants to redeem her 2 kids from foster treatment in this relocating dramatization from newbie attribute supervisor Savanah Leaf. It’s among the best movies of the year.

New on Peacock

The Exorcist: Believer

Where to see: Available 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

Image: Universal Studios

Genre: Horror
Run time: 1h 51m
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Leslie Odom Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd

After a brief staged run, David Gordon Green’s brand-new access in the Exorcist franchise reaches home. It’s a peculiar spin on the franchise business, per our review:

Up till this newest film, the title The Exorcist brought some weight. While its function as a depiction of top quality was up for discussion, its mark as an indicator of passion was not. Since the initial Exorcist, the collection has actually given several of American movie theater’s ideal and most intriguing musicians with area to ponder dogmatic and wickedness. Believer does not have the passion that’s indicated to specify an Exorcist film. This is one of the most extensive declaration the film needs to supply, relatively by mishap: If the outcome of passing God is that every little thing on the planet will certainly really feel as vacant and meaningless as The Exorcist: Believer, we need to hold on to confidence permanently.

New on Shudder

It’s a Wonderful Knife

Where to see: Available to stream on Shudder

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

Image: RLJE Films

Genre: Horror
Run time: 1h 27m
Director: Tyler MacIntire
Cast: Jane Widdop, Justin Long, Joel McHale

It’s a Wonderful Life fulfills the slasher style in this Christmas film regarding a lady that wants she’d never ever been birthed, just to uncover the number of lives that would absolutely set you back.

New on Starz

Joy Ride

Where to see: Available to stream on Starz

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

Image: Araquel/Lionsgate

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

What if a person took the 2017 funny Girls Trip and incorporated it with the soul-searching dramatization of Return to Seoul? You could obtain something like Joy Ride, the brand-new funny regarding a 4 Chinese American buddies that bond via their shared journey to locate their birth parent.

New on MGM Plus


Where to see: Available to stream on MGM Plus

A group of high school girls in Bottoms.

Image: Orion Pictures

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

Teen woman funnies are back in a large method, and Bottoms is a standout of this year’s crop. A triad of comical giants celebrity in this film around senior high school ladies that begin a battle club to attempt and thrill the prominent ladies at institution they have crushes on. Chaos takes place.

From our review:

Bottoms is best when it totally delights that witticism. Part of the senior high school’s buzz approach for the huge football game entails smudging the halls with greatly sexualized shirtless posters of the celebrity quarterback. A class scene inexplicably entails among the trainees standing in a cage. After an especially weather minute, a depressing mosaic plays out, readied to none aside from Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” a needle decline so unbelievably 2000s that it goes beyond time and area.


Where to see: Available 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.

Image: Quim Vives/Briarcliff Entertainment

Genre: Neo-noir criminal activity thriller
Run time: 1h 49m
Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange

Liam Neeson (Taken) plays Raymond Chandler’s legendary down-on-his-luck investigator in an attribute size adjustment of the 2014 Philip Marlowe unique The Black-Eyed Blonde by John Banville. Hired by an attractive heiress (Diane Kruger) to determine the location of her ex-lover and bring them back, Marlowe swiftly discovers himself set in an examination that goes much much deeper (and possibly much deadlier) than an enthusiast’s quarrel.

New to lease

The Holdovers

Where to see: Available to lease on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

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

Image: Focus Features

Genre: Comedy dramatization
Run time: 2h 13m
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa

A solid late awards-season challenger, The Holdovers has actually been precious by every individual I’ve seen watch it. It’s regarding 3 individuals left at a New England boarding institution for Christmas in 1970 — a high-strung instructor (Paul Giamatti), the institution’s head chef (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), and a pouting pupil (Dominic Sessa).


Where to see: Available to lease on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

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

Image: Relativity Media

Genre: Action funny
Run time: 1h 48m
Director: Pierre Morel
Cast: John Cena, Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba

Taken supervisor Pierre Morel transfers to a much more comical setting below, in this film regarding a previous Special Forces police officer (John Cena) and a reporter (Alison Brie) that take a trip to an imaginary nation with each other to speak with the country’s tyrant.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Where to see: Available 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

Photo: Patti Perret/Universal Pictures

Genre: Supernatural scary thriller
Run time: 1h 50m
Director: Emma Tammi
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio

The large hit video clip game collection ultimately obtains a scary film adjustment, and Universal is opting for the 2021 launch design of synchronised home and theatrical launches. Will it help them? Only time will certainly inform, yet what it implies for you is that you can see a film regarding the notorious, weird pizza dining establishment and its cursed animatronic pets either in the house or in movie theaters.

From our review:

The film’s craziest line is unintended, when Mike seriously discusses, “I’m having a hard time just processing everything that’s happened,” as if he’s resolving a difficult break up as opposed to a collection of significantly unusual animatronic assaults. He’s right, however. For a film with such a straightforward, attractive property, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a whole lot to procedure.


Source: Polygon

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