Holiday Movie Calendar 2018

A month-by-month breakdown of the best holiday movies 2018 has to offer, from Creed II and Fantastic Beasts to Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, Vice, and more!

Halloween is over and done with, and you know what that means: discount candy sales everywhere! Oh, and also, it’s officially that time of year when movie studios line up their major awards contenders and holiday fare. To help you navigate the dozens of new releases that will come your way in the months of November and December, we’ve put together a handy calendar you can use to plan out your entire holiday season. Whether you’re into serious drama (Boy Erased, Mary Queen of Scots, On the Basis of Sex), family-friendly fantasy (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mary Poppins Returns), blockbuster action (Aquaman, Bumblebee), animated adventures (Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), or something in between (Creed II, Green Book), you’re likely to find some enticing choices at the multiplex, so read on to check out our Holiday Movie Calendar!

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Rami Malek stars in this musical look back at influential rock band Queen and its charismatic frontman Freddie Mercury. Malek has already inspired significant awards chatter for his performance. More

Directed By: Bryan Singer

Nobody's Fool (2018)
Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter star in Tyler Perry’s tale of two sisters — polar opposites — who discover each other’s lives aren’t quite what they seem. More

Directed By: Tyler Perry

The classic ballet comes to the big screen in a new adaptation starring Mackenzie Foy as a young girl who encounters a parallel world of fantasy. The all-star supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley. More

Boy Erased (2018)
Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and co-stars in this drama, based on a memoir, about a gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who is sent by his ultra-religious parents (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) to a conversion therapy program. Early reviews have called it complex and powerful. More

Directed By: Joel Edgerton

The folks who brought you Despicable Me and Minions are bringing a new take on Dr. Seuss’ tale about the titular grump, who clashes with a young girl full of holiday spirit when he plots to steal Christmas in order to secure some peace and quiet. More

Claire Foy dons the dragon tattoo as Lisbeth Salander in a sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 adaptation of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s crime novels, this time taking on corrupt government officials and cyber criminals. Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) directs, with LaKeith Stanfield co-starring. More

Directed By: Fede Alvarez

Overlord (2018)
J.J. Abrams produced this supernatural horror thriller about a group of World War II soldiers who come face to face with unspeakable evil in a secret Nazi lab beneath a church in enemy territory. Is is connected to the Cloverfield mythology? Probably not, but it’s a fun thought, isn’t it? More

Directed By: Julius Avery

The Front Runner (2018)
Hugh Jackman stars in Jason Reitman’s retelling of American politician Gary Hart’s historic 1988 presidential campaign, which was marred by scandal and marked a turning point in the relationship between politics and the press. More

Directed By: Jason Reitman

Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston return in the second installment of the Harry Potter prequel series, joined by Jude Law as a young Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Can Newt (Redmayne) save the muggle world from Grindelwald’s plans to rule it? More

Directed By: David Yates

Instant Family (2018)
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star as a married couple looking to adopt a child who instead end up with a trio of siblings and must navigate the complexities of sudden parenthood. It’s kind of like Despicable Me without the supervillain angle. Or the minions. More

Directed By: Sean Anders

Widows (2018)
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years a SlaveShame) hops genres for this crime thriller about a group of women who band together to pull off a heist to pay back the debt owed by their recently killed criminal husbands. Widows premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. More

Directed By: Steve McQueen

At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel also co-wrote this look back at the life of celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh (played by Willem Dafoe), presented in fanciful vignettes reminiscent of van Gogh’s work. Mads Mikkelsen, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Oscar Isaac co-star. More

Directed By: Julian Schnabel

The Favourite (2018)
Acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (The LobsterThe Killing of a Sacred Deer) gives us the first of three films about royalty (if you count Aquaman) this holiday season, as Emma Stone stars as an ambitious servant attempting to return to aristocracy by currying favor with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), much to the dismay of the Queen’s close friend (Rachel Weisz). The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and is already Certified Fresh.  More

Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

Creed II (2018)
Steven Caple Jr. takes the reins from Ryan Coogler for this follow-up to the 2015 boxing drama, as Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off with the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Apollo Creed in the ring decades earlier. More

Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.

Green Book (2018)
Peter Farrelly takes a slight detour into heartfelt comedy-drama territory in this tale of the unlikely friendship that forms between a white driver (Viggo Mortensen) from the Bronx tasked with chauffeuring an elite black pianist (Mahershala Ali) through middle America during the 1960s. More

Directed By: Peter Farrelly

In this sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Princess Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) enter the world of the internet in order to save Vanellope’s game. Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot co-star. More

Directed By: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Robin Hood (2018)
Ready for another take on the merry outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor? This new version stars Taron Egerton (the Kingsman movies) as the titular hero, Jamie Foxx as Little John, and perennial bad guy Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham. More

Directed By: Otto Bathurst

As a bit of counterprogramming to all the awards contenders and holiday cheer, we have this horror flick about a young woman who is trapped in a morgue and terrorized by the corpse of a woman who may have been possessed by a demon. More

Directed By: Diederik Van Rooijen

Celebrated American author James Baldwin provides the source material for Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, a romance between a woman and an artist set against the backdrop of 1970s Harlem. More

Directed By: Barry Jenkins

This cheeky horror-comedy-musical centers on a group of friends who band together to survive a zombie onslaught during Christmas, and early reviews say it’s a fun genre mash-up with likable characters and a surprising amount of heart. More

Directed By: John McPhail

The Silence (2019)
Miranda Otto, Kiernan Shipka, and Stanley Tucci star in this horror film about a family terrorized by cave-dwelling monsters who hunt by sound. More

Directed By: John R. Leonetti

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan star in this historical period drama about the political rivalry between the titular Scottish queen and Queen Elizabeth I of England as they compete for the throne. More

Directed By: Josie Rourke

Vox Lux (2018)
Natalie Portman and Jude Law star in Brady Corbet’s (The Childhood of a Leader) sophomore effort, a drama about a global pop star mounting a comeback and battling personal demons. More

Directed By: Brady Corbet

Mortal Engines (2018)
Based on the novel of the same name, this Peter Jackson- and Fran Walsh-penned fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic future centers on a young man and woman who are banished from a mobile city when an assassination attempt goes awry. More

Directed By: Christian Rivers

The Mule (2018)
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this drama about an octogenarian struggling to pay bills who unwittingly takes on a job as a drug mule. Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Peña co-star. More

Directed By: Clint Eastwood

This animated film tells the story of young Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a teenage Spider-Man who learns that there are others with the same powers, spread across multiple universes. More

Second Act (2018)
Jennifer Lopez stars in this workplace comedy about a 40-year-old woman who is mistaken for a high-powered business consultant and uses the opportunity to prove her true worth. More

Directed By: Peter Segal

Aquaman (2018)
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, and Patrick Wilson star in James Wan’s entry in the DC extended universe, chronicling the ruler of Atlantis’ struggle to protect his kingdom and the surface world from nefarious threats. More

Directed By: James Wan

Bumblebee (2018)
This prequel spinoff of the Transformers series focuses on fan-favorite Bumblebee and his humble beginnings as a VW Beetle who befriends the California teen who discovers his battle-ravaged body. More

Directed By: Travis Knight

Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Based on the 2010 documentary Marwencol, this drama directed by Robert Zemeckis stars Steve Carell as a victim of a violent assault who begins constructing an elaborate miniature world in his backyard as part of his recovery. More

Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

As it turns out, this will indeed be an alternate cut of Deadpool 2 with a new framing device (a la The Princess Bride, complete with Fred Savage) that will be trimmed down to a PG-13 rating. So it’s kind of the same movie, but also kind of not. More

Directed By: David Leitch

Emily Blunt takes on the role made famous by Julie Andrews, playing the titular super-nanny who returns to take care of a new generation of Banks children. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, and Colin Firth round out the cast. More

Directed By: Rob Marshall

Holmes & Watson (2018)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite to star as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an anachronistic period comedy that finds the titular duo attempting to track down James Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) and stop him from assassinating the queen. More

Directed By: Etan Cohen

Vice (2018)
Adam McKay (The Big Short) continues his foray into political filmmaking with this profile of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, starring a near unrecognizable Christian Bale as Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney. More

Directed By: Adam McKay

Destroyer (2018)
Nicole Kidman stars in director Karyn Kusama’s (The Invitation) dark crime thriller about a troubled LAPD detective dealing with the re-emergence of a gang leader from her past. Based on early festival reviews, this could put Kidman in the Best Actress Oscar conversation. More

Directed By: Karyn Kusama

On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Felicity Jones plays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this period drama focusing on Ginsburg’s groundbreaking efforts to overturn gender discrimination as a young lawyer. More

Directed By: Mimi Leder