Top 5 New Movies—Including a NASA Biopic—to See on Christmas Day

After presents are opened, dishes are washed and—let's face it—tempers are tested, escape to a theater near you.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis December 23, 2016

Hidden Figures

Don't miss the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), three inspiring African-American women who unceremoniously worked as NASA mathematicians and played a pivotal role in the launch and orbit of astronaut John Glenn. (Keep your eyes opened for Houstonian and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons, who plays a little-to-be-desired engineer who isn't keen on the trio.)

Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24, 3839 Weslayan. 844-462-7342.

La La Land

Oscar buzz is already swarming this must-see musical. The romantic drama follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) through Los Angeles, tackling ambition, love and the song and dance of life. 

Edwards Houston Marq'e Stadium 23, 7620 Katy Freeway.


With a star-studded lineup, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson, this animated adventure of a koala trying to save his theater with an American Idol-esque contest is sure to captivate young and young-at-heart audiences.

iPic Theaters at the River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Rd. 832-709-2146.


Natalie Portman delivers an award-worthy performance—she's already bagged the 2016 Critics Choice Award—as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín's latest biopic that offers an introspective look at the former first lady after President Kennedy's assassination. And the Oscar goes to...

River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray St. 713-524-2175. 

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams drive this tear-jerking drama that is simultaneously heartbreaking and magnificent as it follows a janitor who returns home to deal with his brother's death, nephew and tortured past. Garnering an impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, see why Affleck and Williams will be making the award show rounds in 2017.

AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Rd. 713-977-4431. 

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