New movies to see during holidays, from ‘Ghostbusters’ to ‘Spider-Man’

It’s official: Hollywood studios are playing Santa and bringing yuletide cheer back to movie theaters as well as streaming services this holiday season.

The party starts Friday with Marvel’s “Eternals”The Princess DianaDrama “Spencer.”There you will find the following: Ghostbusters. Lady Gaga. Spider-ManSteven Spielberg, even Shakespeare will all be making an appearance at the cinema before the end of the year. Along with blockbuster returns (Keanu ReevesIn another “Matrix”Movie, guys! There’s plenty to choose from. Oscar season fare, including Guillermo del Toro’s first directorial effort since winning best picture for “The Shape of Water.”

These are the 10 movies that you must see within the next two-months.

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ (Nov. 19)

Stars: Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray

Director: Jason Reitman

The bottom line:A pair of siblings, Grace Wolfhard and Finn Wolfhard, move into a small town to find out more about their grandfather Egon (the late Harold Ramis), then grab their proton packs whenever there’s anything strange in their area. The sequel features many young personalities and faces (including Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson).

Where to watch:In theaters

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Richard Williams (Will Smith, center) and wife Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis) hit the tennis court with daughters Tunde (Mikayla Bartholomew), Isha (Daniele Lawson), Serena (Demi Singleton) and Venus (Saniyya Sidney) in

‘King Richard’ (Nov. 19)

Stars: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

The bottom line: Want to know how Venus and Serena Williams got so darn good on a tennis court? This biopic, executive produced by both sisters, follows the obsessive efforts of their father Richard Williams (Smith) to turn Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) into champions while also instilling in his children the power of believing in themselves. 

Where to watch:In theaters and on HBO Max

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The Madrigal family's casita is more than a house – it's magical and alive – in Disney's “Encanto,” featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

‘Encanto’ (Nov. 24)

Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero

Directors:Jared Bush and Byron Howard

The bottom line: Featuring songs by Lin-Manuel MirandaThe Disney animated fantasy is about a Colombian family that has been given extraordinary abilities by an enchanted house. But when the magic starts to fade, it’s up for young Mirabel (voiced and narrated by Beatriz) to set out on a quest to save the day.

Where to watch:In theaters

Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani and Jared Leto is Paolo Gucci in Ridley Scott’s

‘House of Gucci (Nov. 24).

Stars:Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Jared Leto

Director: Ridley Scott

The bottom line: The glamorous biopic centers on the murder of Italian businessman Maurizio Gucci (Driver), head of the iconic Gucci fashion house, and the involvement of his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga). The movie also examines Gucci history, with Leto and Jeremy Irons playing key family members. 

Where to watch:In theaters

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Kate (Jennifer Lawrence, far left) and Randall (Leonardo DiCaprio) are astronomers who hit the road with Kate's love interest, an evangelical shoplifting skater punk (Timothée Chalamet), to warn the world about an incoming comet in

Dec. 10: “Don’t Look Up”

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet

Director: Adam McKay

The bottom line:DiCaprio stars alongside Lawrence in the black comedy. They are astronomers who travel across the country to warn skeptical scientists that a comet is on its way toward Earth. McKay has a star-studded cast that includes Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, and Meryl Steep as the disinterested President.

Where to watch:In theaters (and online on Netflix Dec. 24). 

Ansel Elgort stars as Tony and Rachel Zegler is Maria in the  musical

‘West Side Story (Dec.

Stars: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

Director: Steven Spielberg

The bottom line:How do you follow the 1961 Broadway musical that won best movie? Spielberg has given his stamp on the musical. The new take on the Classic love story features Elgort and Zegler as Tony and Maria, two young lovers caught in the middle of tensions between two rival street gangs, the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks.

Where to watch:In theaters

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Bradley Cooper stars as an ambitious carny with a penchant for manipulating marks in the psychological thriller

‘Nightmare Alley’ (Dec. 17).

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette

Director: Guillermo del Toro

The bottom line: Based on the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham noir novel, del Toro’s dark and mind-bending psychological thriller casts Bradley Cooper as a traveling carny and con man with a predilection for manipulating people who partners with an equally ruthless psychiatrist (Blanchett).

Where to watch:In theaters

When his secret identity is compromised, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is left hanging on for dear life in

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Dec. 17).

Stars:Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch

Director: Jon Watts

The bottom line:Oh no! Spidey’s secret identity of Peter Parker (Holland), is compromised! When the world finds out who he is, the teen hero reaches out to old pal Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch) for some magical help (which unfortunately goes awry) and he also has to deal with at least one sinister foe in Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina).

Where to watch:In theaters

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) reunite in

“The Matrix Resurrections” (Dec. 22).

Stars:Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abul-Mateen II

Director: Lana Wachowski

The bottom line:Reeves plays Neo, the protagonist in the fourth installment (and the first since 18 years). “chosen one” who doesn’t seem to remember his past – or his love, Trinity (Moss) – until he’s taken down the virtual rabbit hole of the Matrix again by a young Morpheus (Mateen).

Where to watch:In theaters and on HBO Max

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Denzel Washington takes his turn playing Shakespeare's infamous Scottish lord in Joel Coen's

‘The Tragedy of Macbeth (Dec. 25,)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Brendan Gleeson

Director:Joel Coen

The bottom line: The Bard’s work goes black and white for Coen’s solo directing debut, which stars Denzel Washington as the title Scottish lord who’s persuaded to usurp the king (Gleeson) by his power-hungry wife (McDormand) and the prophecy of three witches (all played by Kathryn Hunter).

Where to watch:In theaters (and Apple TV+ January 14)

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