For cinemaphiles, December truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Take a look at major releases set to come out this month, most if not all of which are set to be shown in or near Tuscaloosa:

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'Poor Things' (Dec. 8)

This flick is headlined by Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo,  and Willem Dafoe. Plot Synopsis: The dark fantasy comedy stars Stone as Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by mad scientist Dafoe. Wanting to see more of the world, she runs off for globetrotting adventures with a rakish attorney played by Ruffalo.

'American Fiction' (Dec. 15)

Starring Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown, and ssa Rae, the plot is a satirical dramedy. Wright plays a professor who can't sell his latest novel and is ticked off by the mainstream's zest for tired verbage. When he writes a "Black" book to make a point, it ends up being a massive success that complicates his life.

'Wonka' (Dec. 15)

Timothée Chalamet, Hugh Grant, and Sally Hawkins star. They keep making chocolate factory flicks. The fantastical prequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" stars Chalamet as young Willy Wonka. He dreams of owning a candy store, but when a sweets cartel [What?] shuts him out, he gets help from a prickly Oompa Loompa (Grant). 

You can't make it up.

'All of Us Strangers' (Dec. 22)

This flick features Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal,  and Claire Foy. The drama stars Scott as a London screenwriter who visits the town he grew up in to reconnect with his parents (Foy and Jamie Bell) who died when he was 12 while fostering a relationship with a man (Mescal) in his building.

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'The Iron Claw' (Dec. 22)

Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White,  and Lily James head this cast. Efron and White star as Kevin and Kerry Von Erich, who are brothers in a tight-knit Texas pro wrestling family that is run by their domineering father (Holt McCallany). They experience the heights of popularity and a series of tragic turns in the 1980s. The trailers are pretty good. This one has hope,

'The Boys in the Boat' (Dec. 25)

Featuring Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner, and  Hadley Robinson, this plot revolves around a true story invloving a sports drama with Edgerton as coach of the University of Washington Huskies rowing team, a crew of young underdogs who represented America and took on the world at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Again, looks promising.

'The Color Purple' (Dec. 25)

Stars: Fantasia Barrino [Remember her from American Idol?], Danielle Brooks,  and talented Taraji P. Henson. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker's award-winning 1982 novel revolves around the sisterhood of three African-American women (Barrino, Brooks and Henson) in the South as they navigate domestic violence, abuse, racism and  being poor in the early 1900's. Remember Oprah in the original?

'Ferrari' (Dec. 25)

Starring Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley, this biographic pic takes place in 1957, Enzo Ferrari (Driver), still reeling from his son's death and weathering the looming end his marriage, scrambles to save his famed auto empire from bankruptcy by entering his racing team in a dangerous 1,000-mile race across Italy. I'm in.

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