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5 Hottest Movies of December 2021

What movies should be on your radar this December?


2021 is coming to close, and December brings a cracker of big-screen releases to the forefront, including some beloved franchise sequels, a video game adaptation, and, of course, the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

Release date: 3 December 2021

The Resident Evil franchise has had its fair share of time on the big-screen, with six films starring Milla Jovovich being released over the past two decades. However, as with all things as of late, the beloved horror franchise is set for a cinematic reboot. Director Johannes Roberts’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is somewhat of a retelling of the original game’s premise, set during the initial outbreak of the zombie-creating virus in Raccoon City and the events that unfold at the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City Police Department. The cast includes Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough as William Birkin.

House of Gucci

Release date: 3 December 2021

Directed by Ridley Scott, House of Gucci tells a story based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. The film follows Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), as their romance transforms into a fight for control of the Italian fashion brand Gucci. Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino also star.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Release date: 17 December 2021

It’s been a long wait, but the next entry into Marvel’s Spidey saga, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is arriving this December. Picking up after the events of the second film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, where Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man was revealed to the public, everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man needs to clear his name and ally with another Avenger colleague of his, Doctor Strange, in order to set things right. Jon Watts, who directed the first two Spider-Man films, Homecoming and Far From Home, is behind this one too.

The Matrix Resurrections

Release date: 22 December 2021

Directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity. The film, picking up after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) Jessica Henwick (Iron FistStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Christina Ricci (Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen).

The King’s Man

Release date: 22 December 2021

A prequel to the Kingsman franchise, The King’s Man jumps back in time to the 1960s, whereby we witness the formation of the super-agent secret service.  The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Rhys Ifans; and is directed by Mathew Vaughn, who helmed the past two entries.

Which of December’s movies catch your interest the most? Let us know what you’re looking forward to! Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting below.

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