Hollywood is gearing up for Awards Season — and that means movie theaters full of art-house, indies, and dramas! It’s never too early to plan your Oscars pool, so here’s what’s new this week.

Ben is Back

Julia Roberts plays the mother of Ben Burns, a drug-addicted teenage son played by Lucas Hedges. They put love to the test during a fight to stay clean on Christmas Eve.

Mary Queen of Scots 

Saoirse Ronan became royalty to film-lovers last year after a standout role in Lady Bird, and now she’s fighting for the crown as the titular Mary Queen of Scots.

This real-life historical drama puts her opposite Margot Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth I in a royal rivalry for the the throne of England.


Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book gets its second live action adaption in the form of this Netflix original that’s currently enjoying a limited theater run. 

The movie is directed by and starring Andy Serkis, a talent known for his incredible motion-capture performances, including The Lord of the Ring’s Gollum.

Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett are among the top-tier talent giving life to Mowgli’s animal friends and enemies.

Other movies to keep an eye out for include Roma, with a limited theatrical run before hitting Netflix on December 14th, and The Favourite, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman, getting rave reviews.