The Christmas Day pilgrimage to the cineplex is a tradition inscribed into American culture, providing a welcome respite for those who need 90-plus minutes of blissful silence amid the holiday squabbles. But don't waste time fighting about which movie to see—grab your MoviePass and head to any of these six Houstonia-approved Christmas picks.
For People Who Just Want to See a Tiny Matt Damon: Downsizing
A cash-strapped Nebraskan named Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to join an experimental community where humans are shrunk to a height of 5 inches, a process developed as a potential solution to overpopulation. At the last second, Audrey has second thoughts, leaving Paul to explore the big mysteries of his small new world.
For Members of the Resistance: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
There are stars. There are wars. We don't need to explain this one.
Screened at 14 Pews, the Heights' very own church-turned-movie-theater, this National Geographic documentary chronicles the life of famed primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall. A wonderful Philip Glass score undergirds more than 100 hours of rare footage to celebrate the woman whose chimpanzee research upended her field and our traditional understanding of the natural world.
For Armie Hammer Stans: Call Me By Your Name
Whether you swoon for the sun-kissed vistas of the Italian countryside or all 6-feet 5-inches of Armie Hammer's sun-kissed body, this much-lauded story follows the unspooling romance between precocious 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and older Oliver (Armie Hammer) after a summer encounter. The soundtrack—which includes new Sufjan Stevens music—ain't bad, either.
For the Family Desperately Looking for a Frozen Replacement: Coco
If you absolutely, positively cannot stand your niece or nephew making you watch Olaf the Snowman sing his nasal melodies, rejoice in this excellent new Disney-Pixar offering. Riffing on Día de los Muertos traditions, the story follows a young Mexican boy named Miguel on a musical journey to the Land of the Dead, where he communes with his ancestors.
For an ode to the #MainstreamMedia: The Post
Apparently floored by the election of Donald Trump, legendary director Steven Spielberg pulled out all the stops to cast, shoot, and screen this story about one of America's greatest newspapers before the year was out. The Post follows Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) as they rush to follow up on the New York Times publication of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a raft of top-secret documents detailing the United States government's involvement in the Vietnam War.