Ben Affleck has been a busy man this year. He has already played the DC Extended Universe version of the Dark Knight in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice — a role he briefly reprised in Suicide Squad as well — and starred as an autistic CPA in director Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant earlier this fall. Now, before Affleck assembles the Justice League next year, he returns to the director’s chair for Live By Night.
Much like his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, Live By Night is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). Affleck writes, directs and stars as Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who ultimately becomes a powerful gangster in Tampa, Florida during the 1920s and 1930s. From the period setting, strong source material and Affleck’s previous directorial efforts, it’s a good chance that Live By Night may be one of this season’s biggest breakout hits.
Check out the latest trailer for Live By Night.
Just one month left in 2016, and December is a crowded one indeed. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is certain to be the month’s biggest hit, there is still plenty of smaller and more intimate films out there for those looking to catch up on the studios’ Oscar hopeful ahead of time. However, in additon to those listed here, the month has many other high-profile films either opening wide or hitting limited release ahead of larger roll-outs in January. These include R-rated comedy Office Christmas Party, Boston Massacre drama Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg and director Stephen Gaghan’s crime adventure Gold. For more family-friendly fare, check out Illumination Entertainment’s animated musical Sing or A Monster Calls, the critically acclaimed new fantasy drama from director J.A. Bayona. As it is plain to see, the wide variety of top-notch releases certainly promises to end the year with a bang.
Once again, here are the 10 films to check out in December:
December 2: Jackie
December 9: La La Land
December 16: Collateral Beauty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
December 21: Assassin’s Creed, Passengers
December 23: Silence
December 25: Fences, Hidden Figures, Live By Night