December 2016 Primer: The Music, Movies, Streaming Options And More Headed Your Way This Month

Above: 'Rogue One', 'La La Land', Drake, and Childish Gambino, are headed your way this month
Above: 'Rogue One', 'La La Land', Drake, and Childish Gambino, are headed your way this month

Wow, we’re already at the end of 2016! While most of the month will be spent reviewing the best moments of the year, there are plenty of amazing things coming our way in the next few weeks. While you’d expect things to wind down closer to the holidays, the entertainment options continue to be churned out at an amazing rate. You’ll find a whole plethora of amazing movies, music, and games on the horizon, with a few being some of the year’s biggest titles. Not sure what to keep an eye out for this month? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best movies, music, and games headed your way this December.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 14)

The latest Star Wars adventure became one of the biggest films of all time, and its next instalment, Rogue One, will look to continue the trend. Starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, and Forest Whitaker, the movie will have no shortage of star power. At the helm is Gareth Edwards, who previously directed the popular 2014 flick, Godzilla. While we don’t know exactly how the plot will play out, we do know that Rogue One will centre around the Rebel Alliance, and their plan to steal the blueprints of the Empire’s titanic super weapon, the Death Star. Judging from the brief glimpses we’ve received, we’ll also get a dose of the dark lord himself, Darth Vader. We’re calling it now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be the year’s biggest movie, making it one you absolutely cannot miss.

Also In Theatres (Various Dates)

Ok, so you’ve seen Star Wars, now what? Luckily for us all, December is loaded with great cinematic options. The Michael Fassbender film, Assassin’s Creed, takes on the popular video game franchise of the same name, and looks to be totally action-packed. You can see Amy Adams in the Tom Ford-directed thriller, Nocturnal Animals, which is sure to elicit some goosebumps. If comedy’s your thing, Office Christmas Party looks to bring the laughs, reuniting Horrible Bosses pair Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. Finally, TIFF standout, La La Land, gets its wide release on December 9, and will generate plenty of Oscar buzz.

Netflix (Various Dates)

You can catch the Barack Obama biopic, Barry, when it hits Netflix later this month. The film focuses on the president’s college life, when he attended Columbia University in New York City, and it’s been steadily receiving great reviews. Netflix is also packed with blockbusters this December. The animated comedy, Madagascar, swings into our homes, while the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years A Slave lands on the streaming service as well. Speaking of the Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama, The Hurt Locker, finds its way onto the Flix, while Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and Captain America: Civil War, will fill out the remainder of your viewing schedule.

Video Games (Various Dates)

Fans of zombies are going to be pretty excited this month, as both Dead Rising 4 and Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier, have a December release. You’re going to want to pick up your controller for The Last Guardian as well, which is the spiritual successor to Fumito Ueda’s epic Playstation game, Shadow of the Colossus. If you don’t want to invest in new gear, you can simply download Super Mario Run onto your iPhone, and kill time with the help of Nintendo’s most iconic character.

In Your Ears (Various Dates)

Drake isn’t planning to slow down just quite yet. The Canadian rapper is about to release his new “playlist”, More Life, in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, J Cole looks to go platinum yet again with no features, when he drops 4 Your Eyez Only, on December 9. Deadmau5 will also have the clubs bumping soon enough. The DJ will unleash the frustratingly titled, :/2016ALBUM/, in the first week of December. Finally, fans and critics alike have been intrigued by renaissance man, Childish Gambino, for a number of years now. The rapper/actor/comedian, has been teasing his most diverse project yet, “Awaken, My Love”, with a few excellent and funky singles. The full LP will be available on December 2, and we’re hoping that it’ll live up to the hype.

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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