The best new movies to watch during the summer vacation.
A Forbidden Love Story unfolds when Tony (Ansel Elgort), whose friends make up the Jets, falls in love with Maria (Rachel Zegler), the sister of the leader of the Sharks.
West Side Story Also marks the film debut of Rachel Zegler, who is also set to star as Snow White in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic Disney film.
Rachel marked the role by answering an open casting call that Steven Spielberg himself posted on Twitter and was selected from over 30,000 applicants for the role of Maria.
In theaters from December 26
Do not seek
Nothing says Christmas like a satirical sci-fi movie that brings to mind the end of the world.
The film focuses on two low-level astronomers who have embarked on a giant media tour to try to warn humanity that an oncoming comet will destroy planet Earth, but no one really cares.
The film features a stacked cast that reads like a guest list for a row of seats at the Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence (in his first lead comedy role) play the so-called astronomers while Meryl Streep plays President Janie Orlean and Jonah Hill plays his son and Chief of Staff Jason.
Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Chris Evans and Melanie Lynskey round out the rest of the cast list.
In select theaters and on Netflix from December 24
The lost girl
The lost girl is a psychological drama written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal (in her directorial debut), based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante.
In the film, the ever-perfect Olivia Colman plays the zesty Leda Caruso, a middle-aged language teacher on a working holiday in Europe, but even in such a beautiful setting, she can’t seem to relax.
Leda befriends a young mother named Nina (Dakota Johnson) who stays near the same beach as her after returning her lost baby girl. Nothing in Leda’s stories of her past adds up and she soon develops an obsession with Nina and her daughter, which reminds her of her own motherhood.
The lost girl already made the buzz at the start of the Oscars after receiving critical acclaim and a slew of accolades.
At the Venice International Film Festival, the film won the Golden Lion for Best Picture and the Osella d’Or Award for Best Screenplay for Maggie Gyllenhaal.
At the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Maggie Gyllenhaal also won the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and the Best Screenplay Award.