News

The 5 Most Anticipated Movies Opening in December

A certain space epic set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away tops the list (no surprise there), but it's joined by a war movie, a video game adventure, a news scandal, and Adam Sandler.

by | December 2, 2019 | Comments

We’ve made it to the last month of 2019, and as such, the theatrical calendar is filled with titles hoping to earn big stacks of holiday cash or contend for end-of-year awards, or both. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the most anticipated release of December is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, or that the sequel to a wildly popular fantasy adventure also made the cut. What might surprise a few folks is that the list is also populated by a war epic, a based-on-current-events drama, and perhaps most unexpectedly, a thriller starring none other than Adam Sandler. Read on to see what movies RT site users and our fans across social media are looking forward to the most in December.


1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 52%

10,236 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #2 pick by our Facebook fans
Opens December 20

After Rian Johnson impressed the critics and divided the fans with his penultimate installment of the Skywalker Saga, J.J. Abrams settles back into the director’s chair for the final chapter, cryptically subtitled The Rise of Skywalker. Set just one year after the events of The Last Jedi, the story follows up with Rey and Kylo Ren as they struggle to understand the dual nature of the Force, while the remnants of the Resistance contend with the First Order in hopes of establishing galactic peace. The core cast is joined by newcomers played by Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Naomi Ackie, while Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid return to reprise their iconic characters Lando Calrissian and Emperor Palpatine. This film netted the most Want-to-See votes by a wide margin and topped both our Instagram and Twitter polls.


2. 1917 (2019) 88%

#1 pick by our Facebook fans, #2 pick by our Instagram fans, #3 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens December 25

Ever since we got our first look at Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 a few months ago, the film has quickly and quietly gathered steam to become one of the most anticipated awards season contenders. Reportedly based on a real life account relayed to Mendes by his grandfather, the story follows two British soldiers on the front lines of World War I tasked with delivering a message across enemy territory to warn another battalion of an impending ambush. Its grandiose scale and technical flourishes have already earned the praise of most critics, and it ranked high in all of our social polls for the month.


3. Uncut Gems (2019) 92%

1,096 Want-t0-See Votes
#2 pick by our Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fans, #4 pick by our Instagram fans
Opens December 13

It’s 2019, and the man who once starred in movies like Little NickyGrown Ups, and The Ridiculous 6 is looking at a potential Best Actor Oscar nomination. In movies like P.T. Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Adam Sandler has proven he can carry meatier roles if he’s paired with directors who are looking to deliver more than fart jokes. The same appears to be true of his latest project, which sees him doing arguably his best work ever under the guidance of the Safdie brothers, who pulled a similarly impressive performance from Robert Pattinson in last year’s Good Time. Here, Sandler plays a jeweler with a bad gambling habit who finds himself in deep with the wrong people and must figure out a way to pay off his debts quickly. Uncut Gems has already earned rave reviews from critics, and our social fans responded by voting it into the third spot this month.


4. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) 71%

2,965 Want-to-See Votes
#3 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Facebook fans, #5 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens December 13

Back in 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle surprised everyone by being more than just halfway decent — far more, in fact, as it earned a Certified Fresh 76% on the Tomatometer and made close to $1 billion at the global box office. Director Jake Kasdan managed to turn what could have been a mere nostalgia cash-grab into a legitimately entertaining adventure, helped by a game cast who were all clearly having fun in their roles. Jumanji: The Next Level may not end up feeling quite as fresh, but audiences are clearly on board for another ride, this time with new additions Dannys Glover and DeVito and Awkafina along for the journey. It racked up the second most Want-to-See votes on RT and ranked in the top five across all of our social platforms.


5. Bombshell (2019) 68%

1,003 Want-to-See Votes
#4 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens on December 13

Lastly, we have a based-on-true-events drama centered on the scandal that brought down Fox News chief Roger Ailes. Director Jay Roach has taken on timely material before in films like Recount and Game Change with pretty consistent results, and he’s aided in Bombshell by a trio of powerhouse actors, namely Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie. The film charts the sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Ailes (played by John Lithgow) by Gretchen Carlson (Kidman), Megyn Kelly (Theron), and several other women whose experiences were rolled into Robbie’s fictional character Kayla Pospisil. It came in at #4 in our Twitter poll and garnered the fourth most Want-to-See votes on RT.


Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Peacock BET Awards comics A&E APB Nickelodeon Black Mirror halloween tv Pacific Islander Superheroes Hulu Spring TV interviews Musicals President jurassic park Masterpiece Amazon Prime Video sequel hispanic binge marvel cinematic universe TV Land Television Academy new star wars movies Turner Spectrum Originals true crime scorecard 2021 Family harry potter Hallmark Christmas movies Sneak Peek witnail scary movies Heroines concert Trophy Talk fresh comic books what to watch stoner National Geographic Hollywood Foreign Press Association biography Infographic 2018 die hard Kids & Family free movies Extras CW Seed Elton John ABC latino dramedy HBO cancelled classics anthology discovery Lifetime summer TV preview Esquire comic sequels Best Director deadpool Countdown CBS Sundance TV Polls and Games twilight TIFF mutant hist Tomatazos franchise Star Wars Celebration NBC dragons stop motion El Rey VOD police drama TV One Crackle Disney Plus miniseries CBS All Access 99% SXSW 2022 Paramount Plus Pixar 93rd Oscars Cannes independent The Walt Disney Company crossover LGBT Film slasher Bravo genre Shondaland kids christmas movies BBC BBC America high school news popular SDCC scary Comedy Central romance werewolf Syfy E3 cooking doctor who ABC Signature Starz FXX Fall TV universal monsters spanish Funimation TCA 2017 nbcuniversal cancelled TV series summer TV slashers rotten movies we love MSNBC medical drama Cartoon Network Trailer streaming movies Ovation quibi AMC Plus cults TCA Awards Sony vampires The Purge toronto History Sony Pictures The Arrangement book TCA australia 21st Century Fox robots Amazon Studios new york nature royal family TV renewals 2019 superman green book Marvel Television ESPN Epix DC Comics mob Teen Sundance Now Vudu screen actors guild Paramount comiccon YouTube Red PaleyFest blaxploitation Shudder diversity spider-man 20th Century Fox Drama scene in color Britbox Paramount Pictures legend Reality serial killer spinoff cops basketball Superheroe rt labs 94th Oscars aliens GIFs Apple TV Plus Music Sundance scene in color film series Neflix BBC One YA critic resources leaderboard archives live event GoT technology adventure streamig psychological thriller movies Endgame crime thriller MCU blockbuster 45 Indigenous reboot cinemax OWN First Look Country Binge Guide biopic spanish language feel good Song of Ice and Fire spy thriller social media Awards Tour 73rd Emmy Awards Disney+ Disney Plus Quiz tv talk Tags: Comedy anime The Academy king kong docudrama Tubi Box Office trophy Fargo Turner Classic Movies hollywood hispanic heritage month Walt Disney Pictures IFC MGM 2016 canceled posters festival FX on Hulu adaptation dexter obituary singing competition mcc disaster Podcast razzies Oscars emmy awards New York Comic Con crime Hear Us Out Summer sag awards Pirates boxoffice Lucasfilm directors versus marvel comics boxing know your critic Marvel Native Action Disney streaming service Nominations Mindy Kaling spain Reality Competition Black History Month award winner lord of the rings canceled TV shows films San Diego Comic-Con movie Lifetime Christmas movies dreamworks women Certified Fresh scene in color series FOX Universal chucky Holidays batman politics travel Election Logo dark television Anna Paquin Tarantino trailers IMDb TV a nightmare on elm street remakes OneApp Best Picture Chernobyl Ghostbusters DC Universe unscripted ghosts Film Festival james bond DGA Brie Larson breaking bad children's TV Year in Review Set visit Discovery Channel hidden camera animated psycho MTV wonder woman Oscar Columbia Pictures Grammys 007 theme song nfl Classic Film joker prank Sci-Fi Warner Bros. CMT Star Trek IFC Films WGN 2017 transformers revenge RT21 Biopics cartoon Star Wars Horror Fantasy BAFTA Pet Sematary french BET Mary Poppins Returns worst movies book adaptation golden globes mission: impossible black japanese Marvel Studios sitcom zero dark thirty ABC Family jamie lee curtis foreign action-comedy Acorn TV black comedy Geeked Week 2020 ViacomCBS Pride Month elevated horror cancelled television Rom-Com broadcast obi wan TruTV Legendary Spike olympics halloween satire TLC Rocketman Food Network Apple comic book movie VH1 YouTube Premium adenture rotten telelvision Martial Arts 2015 Disney Channel indiana jones SundanceTV political drama venice Musical science fiction Lionsgate sports all-time reviews Comic Book Nat Geo See It Skip It japan Awards Image Comics Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt target scene in color cancelled TV shows 4/20 Freeform Rocky best dceu Fox News gangster Cosplay game of thrones romantic comedy period drama Christmas Mystery football Dark Horse Comics Alien SXSW debate Mudbound Comic-Con@Home 2021 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Tokyo Olympics Video Games Amazon Prime TV new zealand 71st Emmy Awards superhero Disney streaming Prime Video Winners zombies supernatural USA Amazon Crunchyroll dogs DC streaming service kaiju GLAAD summer preview TCA Winter 2020 Comics on TV Broadway live action Captain marvel vs. HBO Go X-Men stand-up comedy DirecTV teaser The Walking Dead 1990s Best and Worst talk show 90s LGBTQ ITV sopranos Universal Pictures Premiere Dates YouTube Avengers video Exclusive Video Wes Anderson PBS zombie war documentary AMC Ellie Kemper docuseries video on demand Instagram Live HBO Max spider-verse space A24 E! pirates of the caribbean blockbusters cats comedies target Animation CNN heist movie Holiday rom-coms Winter TV fast and furious Baby Yoda NBA 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards series Best Actor Travel Channel suspense First Reviews Adult Swim festivals historical drama toy story godzilla Calendar South by Southwest Film Festival VICE young adult ID worst 24 frames Academy Awards monster movies criterion Emmys strong female leads Showtime based on movie justice league aapi asian-american dc renewed TV shows kong Photos TNT saw Women's History Month Hallmark Focus Features Red Carpet Interview Apple TV+ 72 Emmy Awards Opinion Mary Tyler Moore HFPA Western Writers Guild of America indie rt labs critics edition 79th Golden Globes Awards Pop Super Bowl Trivia Thanksgiving NYCC American Society of Cinematographers TBS Mary poppins PlayStation Marathons Netflix richard e. Grant king arthur Valentine's Day documentaries comic book movies Netflix Christmas movies FX crime drama The CW cars facebook RT History USA Network Paramount Network Character Guide natural history ratings mockumentary rt archives parents casting Fox Searchlight Television Critics Association laika golden globe awards Arrowverse Toys Tumblr child's play Pop TV Rock art house critics finale international Creative Arts Emmys Best Actress Watching Series Stephen King Comedy name the review composers italian WarnerMedia screenings TCM TV movies Emmy Nominations Schedule The Witch south america thriller game show