By Tuesday Mahrle, December 2018 Issue.
Mary Queen of Scots
In theaters December 7 | Not yet rated | 112 minutes | Drama, Biography
This historical drama is based on John Guy’s biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. In this bloody race to the throne, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), the queen of Scotland and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) go head-to-head in a high stakes game to rule all of England. While they begin as friends fighting against a history of Kings and male influences, those same men around them quickly turn the two against one another. This leads to Mary’s imprisonment and when evidence of an assassination plot surfaces, Mary is ultimately executed.
Anna and the Apocalypse
In theaters December 7 | R | 92 minutes | Comedy, Horror
If Shaun of the Dead met La La Land, you’d get Anna and the Apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse has taken over Anna’s quiet town of Little Haven at Christmas, forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival. In the first ever Christmas zombie musical film, the group searches for their loved ones while deciphering who they can truly rely on.
Welcome to Marwen
In theaters December 21 | PG-13 | Biography, Drama
Mark Hogancamp was a well-known World War II illustrator until an unprompted attack by Neo-Nazi’s nearly kills him. Suffering from PTSD, anxiety and extreme memory loss, Mark tries to piece his old and new life together by creating a small town of dolls where he is not only safe, but a hero. Many of the men and women of Marwen parallel his real-life friends who helped him recover. As his art installation grows, he finds strength and a therapeutic outlet in his fantasy world.
In theaters December 14 | Not yet rated | Action, Fantasy
Based on the first of four novels by Philip Reeves, Mortal Engines is based hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed and London has become a dog-eat-dog world with predators around every corner. A feral young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), joins forces with Anna Fang (Jihae), an outlaw with a bounty on her head and Tim Natsworthy, a London outcast, to fight against the evil that killed Shaw’s mother.