8 Latest Movies in Theaters Right Now (December 2023)

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As December unfolds, it not only marks the culmination of yet another year but also promises a cinematic finale with a slew of highly anticipated movies set to grace the silver screen. As the holiday season envelops the world, filmmakers are gearing up to captivate audiences with a range of offerings designed to make the most of the festive spirit and Christmas break. Among the standout releases, the sequel to the aquatic superhero saga, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” and the charmingly titled “Anyone but You” are poised to usher in the Christmas weekend with excitement and anticipation. Stepping into the final weekend of the year, cinephiles can look forward to a diverse cinematic experience with the enthralling drama of “The Color Purple” and the adrenaline-fueled allure of “Ferrari.” With a lineup that spans genres and promises wholesome entertainment, December’s cinematic journey is destined to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of moviegoers eager to revel in the magic of the silver screen.

Top 5 Movies in theaters this week (December 25-31)

The Color Purple

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

“The Color Purple” takes center stage as a musical coming-of-age period drama directed by Blitz Bazawule. Drawing inspiration from the acclaimed stage musical and the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, the film embarks on a poignant journey through the life-long struggles of Celie, a resilient African-American woman portrayed by Fantasia Barrino, navigating the challenges of the Southern United States in the early 1900s.

Amidst numerous hardships, Celie discovers unwavering strength and hope in the enduring bonds of sisterhood. This cinematic adaptation of Walker’s novel stands as the second rendition, with the first being the 1985 version directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.


  • Fantasia Barrino as Celie
  • Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery
  • Danielle Brooks as Sofia
  • Colman Domingo as Mister
  • Corey Hawkins as Harpo
  • Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie
  • Halle Bailey as Young Nettie
  • Ciara as Nettie
  • H.E.R. (Gabriella Wilson) as Squeak
  • David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery
  • Deon Cole as Alfonso
  • Jon Batiste as Grady
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister
  • Tamela J. Mann as First Lady (Tamela Mann)
  • Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Mama
  • Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie
  • Stephen Hill as Henry ‘Buster’ Broadnax
  • Adetinpo Thomas as Mary Ellen
  • Tiffany Elle Burgess as Olivia
  • Terrence J. Smith as Adam
  • Aba Arthur as Abena
Director Blitz Bazawule
Release Date  December 25, 2023
Running Time 154 minutes


IMDb Rating: 6.7

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

“Ferrari” emerges as a compelling biographical sports drama under the directorial vision of Michael Mann, drawing inspiration from the pages of the 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine” by motorsport journalist Brock Yates. Set against the backdrop of the summer of 1957, the film unfolds a poignant narrative centered around the legendary Enzo Ferrari, portrayed by the talented Adam Driver.

The storyline delves into the tumultuous life of Ferrari as he grapples with a series of challenges, including the tragic death of his son Dino, the disintegration of his marriage, and the imminent threat of bankruptcy looming over his company.


  • Adam Driver
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Gabriel Leone
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Sarah Gadon
  • Jack O’Connell
Director Michael Mann
Release Date  December 25, 2023
Running Time 131 minutes

Anyone But You

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%

If you are looking for a rom-com, then look no further than Anyone But You. It is a delightful movie featuring the charismatic Sydney Sweeney. The film is directed by Will Gluck,  and also stars Glen Powell in the lead roles. The plot revolves around Bea, portrayed by Sweeney, and Ben, played by Powell, who serendipitously meet on a plane bound for Sydney, Australia. Their destinies intertwine as they embark on a journey to attend the wedding of Bea’s sister.

The narrative takes an amusing turn when Bea discovers that her well-meaning parents have extended an invitation to her ex-fiancé, with the hope of reigniting the flames of romance. In a clever attempt to divert their matchmaking efforts, Bea and Ben decide to stage a faux romance, pretending to be a couple. All in all, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the audience hooked and entertained.


  • Sydney Sweeney
  • Glen Powell
  • Rachel Griffiths
  • Dermot Mulroney
  • Alexandra Shipp
  • Michelle Hurd
  • Bryan Brown
  • Darren Barnet
  • Hadley Robinson.
Director Will Gluck
Release Date  December 22, 2023
Running Time 103 minutes

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%

Despite being one of the most anticipated films, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has encountered unexpected challenges in drawing viewers to the box office. Serving as the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster “Aquaman” and positioned as the final chapter in the DC Extended Universe before the anticipated DC Universe reboot, the film directed by James Wan unfolds years after the events of its predecessor. The narrative follows Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) as he grapples with the responsibility of safeguarding Atlantis and his loved ones from the impending devastation orchestrated by David Kane, also known as Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who obtains the formidable Black Trident and unleashes an ancient power. To thwart the impending catastrophe, Arthur must forge an unlikely alliance with his incarcerated brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson). Despite the significant buzz surrounding the film, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has, thus far, struggled to translate its high anticipation into box office success, presenting a unique challenge for a movie with such immense potential.


  • Jason Momoa
  • Amber Heard
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Temuera Morrison
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
  • Indya Moore
  • Jani Zhao
  • Vincent Regan
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Ben Affleck
Director James Wan
Release Date  December 22, 2023
Running Time 124 minutes


IMDb Rating: 7.4

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

Wonka is a captivating story that delves into the life of Willy Wonka. The film takes viewers on a journey, revealing the extraordinary transformation of Willy Wonka from a brilliant inventor and magician to the cherished chocolate maker everyone adores. Featuring Willy Wonka’s early days as a chocolatier, it relates the character’s origin tale from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, this is the third film adapted from a book by Dahl. The musical numbers and Oompa Loompa designs are carried over from the 1971 version, but the styling and world-building suggest a different reality. Timothée Chalamet plays the lead role.

The film garnered positive reviews from critics and received multiple award nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Timothée Chalamet.


  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Calah Lane
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Paterson Joseph
  • Matt Lucas
  • Mathew Baynton
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Jim Carter
  • Natasha Rothwell
  • Tom Davis
  • Olivia Colman
  • Hugh Grant
  • Natasha Rothwell
  • Rich Fulcher
  • Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Rakhee Thakrar
  • Simon Farnaby
  • Ellie White
  • Colin O’Brien
  • Murray McArthur
  • Isy Suttie
  • Tracy Ifeachor
  • Tim Fitzhigham
Director Paul King
Release Date  December 15, 2023
Running Time 116 minutes

Other notable movies running in theaters right now

Movie Name Release Date (United States) Genre IMDb Rating
Rotten Tomatoes Rating
The Boys in the Boat December 25, 2023 Sports Drama 7.2 57%
The Crime Is Mine December 25, 2023 Crime Comedy 6.6 97%
Occupied City December 25, 2023 Documentary 7 63%


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