The jam-packed weekend also includes the openings of ‘Bumblebee,’ ‘Second Act,’ ‘Welcome to Marwen’ and ‘Cold War.’
The weekend just before Christmas will bring a bevy of films to see over the holiday break.
Mary Poppins Returns, which opened Wednesday, features Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny, succeeding Julie Andrews who starred in the original 1964 film.
On Friday, buzzy, blockbuster action flicks Bumblebee and Aquaman will hit theaters, in addition to Steve Carell starrer Welcome to Marwen and the J.Lo rom-com Second Act. Poland’s Oscar submission for best foreign-language film, Cold War, recently made the Academy’s shortlist and will have a limited release this weekend as well.
‘Bumblebee’ Release Date: Dec. 21
Bumblebee, the Transformers franchise’s loyal black-and-yellow Autobot, gets his own origin story. Hailee Steinfeld plays Charlie Watson, a prickly teenager who’s distanced herself from her family, but finds a friend when the dusty Volkswagen Beetle she takes home morphs into Bumblebee in his full, gargantuan form. The two must fight off threats from Decepticon arrivals and military commander Jack Burns (John Cena).
“The selection of Oscar-nominated animated feature film director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) to helm the prequel turns out to be spot-on, as he exhibits an instinctual sense for the film’s requisite action quotient while attentively crafting the central characters’ emotional arcs.