In the Dark: Holiday movie preview

Cast of Justice League (2017)

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us, and with that comes a fast and furious slate of movies jostling for awards to be given out in 2018. I hope the upcoming lineup is better than what’s out there now. Nothing recently has caught fire with audiences and disappointing or even risible movies like “Mother!” are playing to empty theaters.

Just last week, Edwards, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, floated the idea of a sliding scale ticket charge. If the movie is a blockbuster hit, the charge will be more, but if the movie is a dud, you’ll pay less to see in the theater. The trick is who determines whether it’s a hit or a miss?

The misses like “Snowman,” “Geostorm” and “Suburbicon” keep adding up, and either the film industry is way out of touch with what audiences want, or we’re all just consumed with a World Series that has proved far more riveting than anything you could see in a movie theater.

Add this interesting fact into the mix: The beleaguered Weinstein Company has unreleased productions that now have a doubtful future. The upcoming “Polaroid,” a horror film coming in mid-November, may be the last official Weinstein production to be distributed under that name. The much anticipated “Mary Magdalene” with Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix had a tentative opening scheduled for December and that has now been scrapped indefinitely due to lack of funding. The repercussions from Harvey Weinstein’s scandalous sexual harassment charges will continue to rock this company to its core while its movies hang in limbo.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, this is what is coming your way:

Movies getting the jump on the week of Thanksgiving will open the Friday before on Nov. 17 include the highly anticipated DC Comics entry “Justice League,” which finally brings all of its big superheroes like Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Women (Gal Gadot) with some new ones like Aqua Man (Justin Mamoa). “Wonder” offers Julia Roberts and young Jason Tremblay (“Room”) as a sort of “Mask”-like drama about a young boy with facial deformities learning how to cope with his disease. Roberts plays the nurturing mother. And “Roman J. Israel” shows off the talents of Denzel Washington as a compromised attorney who brings to brings the heat on himself when he turns on a client.

Thanksgiving week, animated feature “Coco” will open. Voiced by a great cast including Benjamin Bratt, this is one for the whole family.

Moving into December, the biggest movie of the year will open Dec. 15 when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters. This week before Christmas will also bring “Gotti” with John Travolta as the lead, gangster John Gotti. Also, “Ferdinand,” an animated feature about the beloved bull, will open too.

Dec. 20, the weekend before Christmas, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” enters theaters with Dwayne Johnson heading up the sequel. “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum arrives too in what is billed as a musical about the creation of show business.

Christmas Day itself has two features scheduled to open, “Molly’s Game” with Jessica Chastain as an Olympic skier turned poker broker in what is Aaron Sorkin’s first directorial venture and “Phantom Thread,” the Paul Thomas Anderson film starring Daniel Day Lewis as a fashion designer.

There are many more movies slated to open in this time period, but these are a few highlights.

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