Here’s your must-watch movie list for December 2016

December movies 2016 - Sing
Animated feature Sing

There is no reason to mope this December with all the action that is going on on the big screens. Packed with some of the most anticipated releases, franchise blockbusters, animated files, sci-fi and even comedies, December is the season to be jolly indeed. Check out our list of must-watch movies for the month of Decemeber 2016.

Underworld: Blood Wars

After saving her daughter, Eve, from being used to develop the Super-Lycans, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and new allies try to end the eternal conflict between the Lycans and Vampires. , as both sides are out for her blood as the key to superiority. “Underworld: Blood War” is the 5th installment in the Underworld series and it will be interesting to see how director Anne Foerster can further elevate the series.

Release Date: 1 December 2016

Office Christmas Party

As sure as the sun rises in the east, you can always expect a jolly good Christmas comedy starring a brunch of Hollywood A-listers. This year, the RSVP list include Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn and Jamie Chung. Office Christmas Party is a story about a CEO trying to shut down her hard-partying brother’s branch. In order to save their jobs, her brother Clay and his Chief Technical Officer arrange for one last epic office Christmas party in a bid to impress a potential client and close a sales deal.

Release Date: 8 December 2016

Sing

When rundown theatre owner Buster Moon opens the world’s greatest singing competition to revive his business, animals from everywhere come out from the woodwork to sing their souls out and get their shot at stardom. In a year that full animated films featuring talking animals, Illumination Entertainment ends the year with talented singing animals belting out your favourite hits from ballads and raps, to pop and Broadway numbers. Sing is voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly and Taron Egerton. Oh, they are also the ones that are performing the songs in this fun and cheery animated musical.

General Release Date: 8 December 2016

Sword Master (三少爷的剑)

Adapted from a Gu Long (古龙) novel, the Sword Master movie tells the story of The Third Master of Sword Mansion, played by Lin Gengxin (林更新) who is regarded as the most skilful swordsman of his time. Tired of the bloodshed in the martial arts would, Lin decides to retire and go into hiding. He fakes his own death and changes his identity so he would not be pursued. News of Lin’s death devastates Yan, played by Peter Ho (何润东), whose lifelong dream is to defeat the most revered swordsman.

The 3D martial arts movie is directed by Derek Yee (尔冬升) and produced by Asian cinematographer master Tsui Hark.

Release Date: 15 December 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


As the Empire rises to take over the Galaxy, a group of Rebellion fighters are sent to discover the plans and find the weakness of a destructive weapon known as the Death Star. A year ago “Star Wars” made its return to the cinematic universe with one of the most anticipated sequels to the famous canon. This year, a new tradition begins for the franchise. “Rogue One” is not strictly part of the official sequels, but is the start of a series of spin-offs that will be filling in the gap years in between each new episode of the running series. LucasFilms and Disney are sparing no expenses in the creation of these side stories by having a strong cast consisting of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, as well as Asian stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in supporting roles. We have high hopes.

Release Date: 15 December 2016

Assassin’s Creed

After being declared dead, Callum Lynch is brought to a facility where he is connected to a machine called the Animus, to relive the memories of his genetic ancestors who were assassins during the Spanish Inquisition. 2016 was supposed to be the year of video game adaptations, but all the adaptations this year so far has not lived up to its expectations. All eyes are now on this movie to deliver and make gamers and moviegoers happy. Looking at the movie’s credentials – Director Justin Kurzel, “Macbeth” stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons, it just might be able to pull it off.

Release Date: 22 December 2016

Passengers

When Jim Preston is awoken from his hibernation pod due to a malfunction, he finds himself alone on the spacecraft in the midst of a 120 year journey. Unable to bear the loneliness, he wakes another passenger, Aurora, to kill his boredom, not knowing that in doing that will cause neither of them to survive the journey. If “The Space Between Us” is a little out of reach of your age group to enjoy a little romance in space, then “Passengers” is there to pick up anyone left behind. Dolling out an attractive cast of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, “Passengers” also stars Michael Sheen as a robot bartender.

Release Date: 22 December 2016

See You Tomorrow

When a young woman falls in love with a married painter, whose wife is also cheating on him, their affair is assisted by a ‘ferrymen’, who helps people attain their desires. The first production to come out of Alibaba’s movie division, the movie is already benefitting from massive financial muscles of its parent company, making its presence felt in an ever expanding Chinese movie industry. Directed by Zhang Jiajia, the movie also list Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai as the producer. Led by Tony Leung, the cast also includes Takeshi Kaneshiro, Eason Chan, Angelababy, and numerous Chinese celebrities all entangled in this strange mix of romance, black comedy and technological innovations.

Release Date: 23 December 2016

Railroad Tigers (铁道飞虎)

Set in 1941 in China, a railroad worker becomes the gang leader of a group of resistance fighters to rob a Japanese train carrying food to be distributed to the starving people of China. Newly minted Oscar honorary recipient Jackie Chan is back with more derring-dos in this new railroaded action comedy by director Ding Shen. This is Ding’s third collaboration with Chan since “Little Big Soldier”. Jackie won’t be the only one with action in this movie, Huang Zitao, Kai Wang, Darren Wang, Alan Ng, and Sang Ping will be joining him to form the merry band for a high jinx and fast action movie.

Release Date: 29 December 2016

The Great Wall

A soldier in search for gunpowder finds himself at the Great Wall of China which is being built to not only fend off a Mongolian invasion, but something far scarier and supernatural. Starring superstar Matt Damon as the white saviour, The Great Wall is directed by visual maestro Zhang Yimou. This is also the first English-language production for Yimou with Legendary East, the Asian division of Legendary Pictures. Yimou’s visual special effects will be provided by ILM and Weta Workshop, and the soundtrack will be written by “Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi on the soundtrack sweetens the deal. The Great Wall also stars Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, and Jing Tian.

Release Date: 29 December 2016

The Space Between Us

As the first human born on Mars, Gardner Elliot goes to Earth for the first time and is taken around its sights and sounds by a Colorado-native teenage girl whom he befriended through video chat in Mars. After experiencing life on Earth, Gardner finds out that his body is unable to adapt to Earth’s environment and gravity. In this teen romance that goes beyond the stars, the movie explores the scientific possibility of humans not born on Earth returning to the home planet with a different gravitational makeup. Young star Asa Butterfield is paired with upcoming actress Britt Robertson, showing us a new perspective on our beautiful blue planet. The Space Between Us is directed by Peter Chelsom of “Hector and the Search of Happiness” fame.

Release Date: 29 December 2016

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