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15 Movies to Check Out This Holiday Season

Remember The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? He somehow escaped Whoville right around March and spread jeer around the movie world throughout 2020. (It’s a sad day when watching a reading of 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High on a laptop just to pick up on vibes between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt was a highlight.) But, the biggest cinematic gifts are arriving just in time for the holidays. Think comedies from Melissa McCarthy and Meryl Streep, dramas from George Clooney and Olivia Colman, a documentary from Shawn Mendes and maybe even Wonder Woman, all before the clock strikes midnight on January 1. Here are 15 movies (fingers and toes crossed) coming soon to a screen near you. Actors Who Portrayed Real People in Movies and TV Shows: Pics Read article In Wonder “This isn’t a story about a famous musician. This is a story about a guy growing up.” That’s Shawn Mendes in this intimate documentary, filmed over the past few years and featuring childhood videos as well as footage from his 2019 self-titled world tour. And yes, he goes there re: his relationship with Camila Cabello. (Netflix, November 23) Hillbilly Elegy A Yale law student (Gabriel Basson) traveling back to his hometown in the Appalachians reflects on his eclectic, loving upbringing. Amy Adams is his troubled-but-scrappy mom; an unrecognizable Glenn Close is his no-nonsense grandma. This steely drama is based on author JD Vance’s 2016 memoir. (Netflix, November 24) Christmas Chronicles 2 Officially, this is a follow-up in which our heroine Kate (Darby Camp) is transported to the North Pole to save Christmas from Santa Claus’ holiday-hating cousin (Julian Dennison). Unofficially, this is a chance to see Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn — one of Hollywood’s most durable couples and the reason why 1987’s Overboard still holds up — on screen together as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. (Netflix, November 25) Superintelligence When times are tough (and they are!), a totally harmless Melissa McCarthy comedy can do wonders. She plays Carol Peters, dubbed the most average person on Earth. She’s chosen by an all-powerful Superintelligence (James Corden) in a study to decide whether humanity is worth saving. Um, here’s hoping the answer is yes. (HBO Max, November 26) A Guide to Every Holiday Movie Airing on TV This Year Read article Black Bear This Sundance Film Festival darling lives up to the hype. Plot: A couple (Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon) living in a remote Adirondacks lake house are tested after inviting an actress and filmmaker …