Here come the 2016 hol­i­day films. Plan your movie-watch­ing ac­cord­ingly

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By RENE RO­DRIGUEZ

Miami Her­ald

Hol­ly­wood likes to save its best films for last, in or­der to take ad­van­tage of hol­i­day moviego­ing crowds and be fresh in the minds of Acad­emy vot­ers when they start sub­mit­ting their Os­car bal­lots in Jan­uary. Here’s a list of the movies head­ing into the­aters be­tween now and the end of 2016 (along with a few Jan­uary strag­glers).

DEC. 2 “Manch­ester by the Sea”: The third — and best — movie from writer-direc­tor Ken­neth Lon­er­gan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Mar­garet”) stars Casey Af­fleck as a handy­man who be- comes the le­gal guardian of his teenage nephew (Lu­cas Hedges).

“Man Down”: A U.S. Marine (Shia LaBeouf) comes home from a tour of duty of Afghanistan to dis­cover his wife and son are miss­ing.

DEC. 9 “Miss Sloane”: Jessica Chas­tain stars as a crack­er­jack po­lit­i­cal lob­by­ist try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence on Capi­tol Hill.

“Of­fice Christ­mas Party”: Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Ja­son Bate­man, Kate McKin­non and Olivia Munn are among the rev­el­ers at an of­fice hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion that gets way out of con­trol.

DEC. 16 “La La Land”: Get ready to be very happy. Writer-direc­tor Damien Chazelle’s songand-dance mu­si­cal about two as­pir­ing artists (Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling) who fall in love lives up to the hype.

“The Space Be­tween Us”: Asa But­ter­field is the first hu­man be­ing born on Mars who comes to visit Earth for the first time.

“Col­lat­eral Beauty”: Will Smith stars as a man whose life is up­ended by tragedy. Ed­ward Nor­ton, Kate Winslet and He­len Mir­ren are among the peo­ple who help him try to re­gain his foot­ing.

DEC. 21 “As­sas­sin’s Creed”: Michael Fass­ben­der stars in this adap­ta­tion of the hit video game as a man geneti- cally linked to a mem­ber of a se­cret so­ci­ety of killers in 15th-cen­tury Spain.

“Lion”: 25 years af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated from his fam­ily, a young man (Dev Pa­tel) leaves his adop­tive par­ents (Ni­cole Kid­man and David Wen­ham) and tries to track down the rel­a­tives he left be­hind in Cal­cutta.

“Jackie”: The Os­car buzz is strong around Natalie Port­man’s per­for­mance as Jac­que­line Kennedy in this drama set dur­ing the im­me­di­ate days fol­low­ing the as­sas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: Gareth Ed­wards (“Godzilla”) di­rects this pre­quel to “A New Hope” about a band of re­sis­tance fight­ers (in­clud­ing Felic­ity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Men­del­sohn and For­est Whi­taker) who risk their lives to steal the plans for an un­der-con­struc­tion Death Star.

“Passengers”: A space­craft car­ring thou­sands of peo­ple to a dis­tant colony planet mal­func­tions, caus­ing two of its passengers (Jen­nifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) to wake up from hy­per­sleep 90 years early.

“Sing”: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Wither­spoon, Seth MacFar­lane and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son pro­vide the voices for this an­i­mated fable about an­i­mals who put on a mu­si­cal show to save an old theater.

DEC. 23 “Elle”: A fe­ro­cious Is­abelle Hup­pert stars in direc­tor Paul (“Show­girls”) Ver­ho­even’s drama about a woman plot­ting re­venge against the home in­truder who raped her.

“Why Him?”: An up­tight fa­ther (Bryan Cranston) is aghast to dis­cover his daugh­ter (Zoey Deutch) is dat­ing a Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aire (James Franco) who lacks even a sem­blance of man­ners and so­cial grace.

“A Mon­ster Calls”: A boy (Lewis MacDougall) wor­ried about the health of his mother (Felic­ity Jones)

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