The 7 most anticipated movies premiering in December, from ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ to the new ‘Matrix’

Tom Holland wearing the Spider-Man suit with iron legs in "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

  • Every month, the app TV Time provides Insider a list of the most anticipated new movies being released, based on the movies its US users have indicated they intend to watch.
  • New entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Matrix” franchises are released this month.
  • New Oscar contenders will also debut with Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up.”
7. “Nightmare Alley” — in theaters December 17

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Description: “An ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69%

What critics said: “Nightmare Alley pays tribute to noir. But it’s also its own dark snow globe, luminous and finely faceted, and one of del Toro’s most fluent features.” — Hollywood Reporter

6. “West Side Story” — in theaters December 10

Tony and Maria in "West Side Story."
Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria.

Description: “Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, ‘West Side Story’ tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92%

What critics said: “It feels like a rare achievement to even attempt to scale the unscalable and still, after more than half a century, be able to make it sing.” — Entertainment Weekly


5. “Sing 2” — in theaters December 22

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Description: “Buster (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 56%

What critics said: “The pacing is so frenetic that audiences will likely never have more than a millisecond to appreciate the textures or the visual spectacle of a shot before it’s already zipped ahead to the next sequence.” — Indiewire

4. “Don’t Look Up” — on Netflix December 24

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence looking at a phone
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in “Don’t Look Up.”

Description: “Don’t Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Written and Directed by Adam McKay.”


3. “The King’s Man” — in theaters December 22

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“The King’s Man” hits theaters in 2020.

Description: “As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.”


2. “The Matrix Resurrections” — in theaters and on HBO Max December 22

Keanu Reeves The Matrix Resurrections

Description: “From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre. The new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity.”

1. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — in theaters December 16

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
Tom Holland as Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Description: “For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”

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