7 New Movies Coming Out This Week: ‘Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and More!

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

SheCurious what new movies are coming out this week for the holidays? We have a bio-pic about a legendary pop singer. There’s also a story about moviemaking in the silent film days of Hollywood. Then there’s a sequel starring a cat that wears boots and slings a sword. And lastly, a documentary starring a baby ocelot.

Here is the full rundown of new movies coming out this week in theatres, as well as those releasing on the major streaming platforms.

New Movies Coming Out This Week: December 19, 2022 – December 25, 2022

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
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Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Summary: Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody is the story of the life and music of Whitney Houston (Naomi Ackie), who rose from obscurity to become one of the greatest female R&B pop vocalists of all time.

What to Watch For: Most of the singing is taken from Whitney Houston’s own vocal tracks.

Word on the Street: Naomi Ackie is best known as Jannah in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker and her BAFTA award-winning role of Bonnie in the TV series The End of the F***ing World.

My Take: I can’t wait to see Stanley Tucci as the legendary music producer/executive in the film.

Babylon
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Babylon   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Summary: Babylon tells the tale of the rise and fall of the people that made the movies in the silent days of Hollywood, including a legendary matinee idol (Brad Pitt), an up-and-coming firebrand of an actress (Margot Robbie), and a man who dreams of making films (Diego Calva).

What to Watch For: Brad Pitt’s character, matinee idol Jack Conrad is inspired by John Gilbert, one of the most famous actors in the Hollywood silent period. Margot Robbie’s character Nellie LaRoy is based on the life of Clara Bow, the original ‘It Girl.’

Word on the Street: The film is from Damien Chazelle, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for his direction of the 2016 musical La La Land.

My Take: I am a huge silent film fan, so I can’t wait to see this film.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish  (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Summary: In Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the years of adventure and being a hero has taken their toll. Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) learns that he has burned eight of his nine lives. Now Puss in Boots finds the evil Lobo (Wagner Moura) hunting him down. And he enlists his friends Perro (Harvey Guillen) and Kitty Southpaws (Salma Hayek) to help him find a mythical Last Wish to restore his nine lives.

What to Watch For: It’s been eleven years since the first Puss in Boots film, which also starred Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek (now Hayek Pinault).

Word on the Street: Hayek and Banderas have been friends since they starred together in Robert Rodriquez’s Desperado in 1995, Hayek’s first English-speaking film role.

My Take: I can’t wait to see what Florence Pugh does as the grownup Goldilocks from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Corsage
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Corsage (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Summary: Corsage is the account of one year in the life of legendary beauty Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps), who has just turned forty and wants to maintain her status as a groundbreaking royal.

What to Watch For: Vicky Krieps won the Un Certain Regard – Best Actress Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film.

Word on the Street: The film is from filmmaker Marie Kreutzer, the award-winning director of The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) and The Fatherless (2011).

My Take: I loved Vickey Krieps in the role of Alma in the Academy Award-winning 2017 film Phantom Thread.

Woman Talking
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Women Talking  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Summary: Women Talking takes place in 2010, where the women of an isolated religious community must decide on one of three things: do nothing, stay and fight, or leave.

What to Watch For: The film is from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley. She’s known for her movies Take This Waltz (2011) and Stories We Tell (2012).

Word on the Street: The star-studded cast includes Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Michelle McLeod, and Frances McDormand.

My Take: I have been a fan of France McDormand since her film debut in the Coen brothers’ 1984 film Blood Simple.

Wildcat
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Wildcat  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Summary: Wildcat is a documentary about a young British soldier, back from Afghanistan, who is struggling with depression and PTSD. He finds a second chance in the Amazon rainforest when he meets an American scientist and an orphaned baby ocelot.

What to Watch For: The film has been a big hit on the film festival circuit, including a win as the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Heartland International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The National Board of Review picked the film as one of the Top Five Documentaries of 2022.

My Take: I have heard fantastic things about this film from other film critics.

Joyride
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Joyride  (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Summary: Joyride tells the story of a headstrong woman named Joy (Olivia Colman), who plans to offload her newborn baby on her sister. However, she is derailed when a young teenager, Mully (Charlie Reid), steals the taxi she is asleep in. They are about to go on a journey across Ireland that will change their lives.

What to Watch For: The movie is the first narrative feature film from the award-winning documentary filmmaker Emer Reynolds.

Word on the Street: Olivia Coleman is both an Oscar winner for the 2018 film The Favorite. And she’s also an Emmy winner for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the TV series The Crown.

My Take: I loved Emer Reynolds’ documentary Songs for While I’m Away, the story of the lead singer of Thin Lizzy Phil Lynott.

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