A&E’s guide to upcoming movie releases

Movies to escape from exams and movies to see with family over winter break.

Maddy Folstein

We’re quickly approaching one of the best seasons for movies. Family-friendly picks for the holidays are showing alongside Oscar-hopeful flicks.

Here are seven upcoming movies that A&E has its eye on:

“At Eternity’s Gate”

Out now

Willem Dafoe stars in this Vincent Van Gogh biopic, which examines the life of the painter during his final years in France. The cinematography looks just as beautiful as Van Gogh’s paintings. “At Eternity’s Gate” also stars Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac and Mads Mikkelsen.

“The Favourite”

Out now

This Yorgos Lanthimos-directed period piece is easily the film we’re most excited about. Set in the 18th Century, the film follows Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two women (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) fighting to win the queen’s affections. The trailer for “The Favourite” promises a decadent romp, with huge gowns, catfights and gorgeous palace settings.  

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Out Dec. 7

Another period piece about warring royal women. “Mary Queen of Scots” focuses on the relationship (and conflict) between its titular character (Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). More palaces, more gowns and one star-studded cast — the film also stars Guy Pearce and David Tennant. 

“Mary Poppins Returns”

Out Dec. 19

An ideal movie to see with the whole family on Christmas day. Mary Poppins returns to the now-adult Banks siblings and their children to share magic and wonder with the family. “Mary Poppins Returns” features Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

“Welcome to Marwen”

Out Dec. 21

Starring Steve Carell, “Welcome to Marwen” tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, who survives a violent attack and uses a miniature art installation of a World War II-era town to cope during his recovery. 

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Out Dec. 25

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins also directed “If Beale Street Could Talk,” an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. Set in Harlem, the film focuses a young couple, Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephan James). When Fonny is wrongly sent to jail, Tish, who is pregnant with their child, fights to prove his innocence. 

“On the Basis of Sex

Out Dec. 25

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg receives silver screen recognition in this upcoming film. “On the Basis of Sex” follows the young attorney (Felicity Jones) as she works on a case about gender discrimination. “On the Basis of Sex” also stars Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

Note: All release dates checked at time of publication. Be sure to check release dates before heading to the theater, in case of last-minute changes.