Opening 12-12-2019 in Theaters: Uncut Gems, Bombshell, Jumanji The Next Level, Richard Jewell, Black Christmas

3 of 5 movies released “wide” shown above plus The Polar Express on a one day bonus showing

Wednesday is here and that means … new movies at the theater starting tomorrow!

Yes, more new movies coming to theaters this weekend (Thursday forward). Right now, at least in our area – and via Google search — only three of the five being released “wide” are actually showing as coming soon with presale tickets available.

Or Box Office Mojo is jacked up and these two movies are really “limited” release (which I think is what’s happening) for Uncut Gems and Bombshell, two movies I was most eagerly looking to see out of the five. Check this out (follow the yellow highlight in the screenshot):

Box Office Mojo info by IMDB pro shows Bombshell and Uncut Gems are “wide”, but they are not

If someone like me who actually follows movies and researches when they come out is confused, how is an average or “once in awhile” moviegoer going to sort this out. Come on, IMDBPro, you guys are being IMDB amateurs. Why would anybody pay for this information when you can’t get something basic right on the homepage of your website?

Stay with me. Because there is conflicting info on other major movie info sites.

I know, I know, it’s minor issue. They have tons of great data on the inside … for $20/month or whatever. It’s just annoying that I can’t figure out how and where these limited movies are playing so I can pay to go and see them. Customers should never have to jump through hoops like this. It’s no wonder fewer people are going to movie theaters these days. Some must just throw their hands up and wait for it to show up on streaming.

Rotten Tomatoes has a movie info section which shows Uncut Gems as opening on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019, 13 days from the “wide” date listed by Box Office Mojo by IMDBPro:

Uncut Gems is not opening in our area until December 24 … 11 days after “wide” opening. Sigh

Same source, RT, showing Bombshell as “opening” on December 19, 2019:

See, now you can join me in confusion.

Am sure your zip code is different than what’s shown above, so maybe, just maybe you’ll find Bombshell or Uncut Gems showing somewhere near you. Since they aren’t showing in our area — at least as of this writing — we won’t be seeing them this coming weekend. Unfortunately, there won’t be a review and rating for either of these two movies until on/after the dates mentioned above.

So, let’s get the two movies we (probably) can’t see this weekend out of the way first:

Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems featuring Adam Sandler in a dramatic role is not available for me until December 24

My interest for this movie is pretty high. I’m bummed that I have to wait until Christmas Eve to see this and probably need to skip past numerous spoiler-laden reviews that will be coming between December 13 and December 24. Give me a big brick of cheese to go with my wine.

Anticipation: 9/10

Bombshell

Charlize Theron looks so much like Megyn Kelly to me that almost for that reason alone I’m interested in seeing this film. I’m not sure how critics will receive the movie based on the underlying politics, but am hoping reviewers will rate the movie first and politics second. I certainly will, at least as much as I can from the source material. Just because I may not like what the FOX Network does or doesn’t do should not matter about whether or not the story this movie is telling is entertaining. I’ll have to wait until next week — December 19, or so I’m seeing at the moment — to be able to watch, review and rate this one. If you have it in your area, yes, I’m envious!

Anticipation: 8 / 10

Jumanji: The Next Level

Good to see the cast is back. Jack Black is almost always fun. I have preferred The Rock in more action roles than comedic ones typically but this blended comedy-action movie seems to fit his acting style.

Anticipation: 5 / 10

Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell official trailer

Directed by Clint Eastwood. A dramatic retelling of the 1996 Centenniel Park Olympic bombing hero turned suspect Richard Jewell. I have tried to steer away from learning much about this film because I saw a headline that spoiled an important part of the movie for me. I’d warn others who don’t want key plot points ruined to avoid seeking much coverage on this one. The trailers asks a pretty key question and a simple Google news review of stories about this movie spoils that. Sigh.

Anticipation: 7 / 10.

Black Christmas

Black Christmas official trailer

Reboot of the classic horror movie Black Christmas. Generally not a fan of horror reboots to date, but do enjoy Christmas themed horror movies, so a little mixed on what this one will bring. Trailer is just … OK.

Anticipation: 4 / 10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 12/12/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 12-12-2019 movies? Those marked with asterisk are not available in our area this week, so will carryover in future weeks until available to watch in our area.

  1. *Uncut Gems – 9/10
  2. *Bombshell – 8/10
  3. Richard Jewell  – 7/10
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level – 5/10
  5. Black Christmas – 4/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

As noted at the start of this post, Uncut Gems is not available until 12/24 and Bombshell 12/19, the other three are confirmed wide screenings available in our area and the plan is to watch, review and rate all.

4 thoughts on “Opening 12-12-2019 in Theaters: Uncut Gems, Bombshell, Jumanji The Next Level, Richard Jewell, Black Christmas

  1. Uncut Gems is SO good.
    I’m not sure if I would be overly excited about Bombshell but it did just receive a lot of acting noms from the Golden Globes, so I guess for that at least we’ll have to check it out.

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    1. I guess the way to look at Bombshell going in is it is as a big corporation revenge story. I don’t how much that aspect will be covered, but it seems like Ailes operated with plenty of people around him that condoned his despicable behavior toward women. How much they knew about the details, and/or how much they looked the other way because he was the remains remains in dispute. I sure hope they sock it to him good in this film. These are the type of films where women binding together make perfect sense. I wasn’t buying it in Charlie’s Angels, but I’ll buy it here. Guess we’ll see what happens next week because … sigh … have to wait, darn it.

      And really have to wait for Uncut Gems. Christmas Eve?! WTF.

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