March 4, 2018; Hollywood, CA, USA; Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt present the Oscar for best original song during the 90th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre.

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Which stars and movies are headed our way for December's holiday movie lineup?

November 30, 2018 - 4:00 am

By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ah, December.

The month on the moviegoing calendar when even folks who don't go to the movies...go to the movies.

Especially during the second half of the month.

And even more especially, during the week between Christmas and New Year's, when high-profile movies litter the landscape like ornaments on a Christmas tree and multiplex marquees beckon audiences with the unspoken promise of big stars, fetching titles, Oscar nominations, crowded theaters and enthusiastic audiences.

So admit it: before the month is over you'll be checking the array of titles, reading a review or two, and making plans to drop in at least one big-screen, out-of-the-dang-house movie.

And what will you be choosing among?  

The following baker's dozen of attractions, all opening during the movies' moviest month:

- Oscar winner Julia Roberts and nominee Lucas Hedges co-star as mother and son in the family substance-abuse drama, "Ben is Back."

- Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie co-star in the period drama, "Mary Queen of Scots."

- Nicolas Cage, Jake Johnson, and Mahershala Ali are members of the voice cast in the animated adventure thriller, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."

- Prolific moviemaker/icon Clint Eastwood directs himself in the title role in the transporting-drugs drama, "The Mule."

- Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang co-star in a fantasy adventure about citizens trying to survive on a desolate Earth in "Mortal Engines."

- Emily Blunt as the title character stars opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in the sequel to a classic family fantasy in "Mary Poppins Returns."

- Jason Monoa is the headliner in the comic-book-inspired thriller about the half-human king of Atlantis in "Aquaman."

- Oscar winner Sandra Bullock plays the lead in the dystopian science-fiction thriller, "Bird Box."

- Hailee Steinfeld stars in the latest science-fiction thriller emerging as part of the popular "Transformers" franchise in "Bumblebee."

- Steve Carell stars in the memory-loss dramedy featuring performance-capture animation in "Welcome to Marwen."

- Oscar winner Nicole Kidman stars in the undercover-cop thriller, "Destroyer."

- Felicity Jones portrays Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court biodrama, "On the Basis of Sex."

- And Oscar winner Christian Bale portrays Vice President Dick Cheney in the political biodrama, "Vice."