Even as we enter the final month of 2018, superhero movies continue to draw massive interest, with a member of DC s Justice League and an alternate version of a Marvel icon topping the list of Decembers most anticipated movies. If you count the Transformers prequel about a certain VW Beetle and Disney s decades-later sequel to a celebrated classic, then fantastical tales about extraordinary individuals comprise the top four. Toss in a couple of real-life based dramas that tied for the fifth spot, and you ve got a pretty hefty holiday movie season to look forward to. With that in mind, read on for the Most Anticipated Movies of December!1. Aquaman (2018) 65%(Photo by Warner Bros.)10,107 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fansOpens December 21How do you make a superhero who talks to fish and wears orange spandex cool? Cast Jason Khal Drogo Momoa in the role, surround him with people like Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and Amber Heard, and put the man behind the Conjuring universe in the director s chair. James Wan s origin story about DC s reluctant Atlantean king ranked #1 across all of our social polls and garnered the most Want-to-See votes on RT of any December movie by a wide margin. Aquaman looks primed to rule the box office when it opens right before Christmas, but it ll face some stiff competition from a few other movies on this list.Watch Trailer2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97%(Photo by Sony Pictures Animation)1,183 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fansOpens December 14We ve already gotten three different versions of Peter Parker since the superhero movie boom of the 2000s, but we ve never seen Miles Morales on the big screen, and if early reviews are any indication, Into the Spider-Verse could be one of the best Spider-Man movies yet. Produced by The Lego Movie and Jump Street franchise s Phil Lord and Chris Miller (and co-written by Lord), Sony s animated film made believers out of skeptics with the first trailer, which showcased a unique, vibrant art style with a beating heart at its center. Considering almost all the reviews thus far have been raves, this one looks like a crowd-pleaser.Watch Trailer3. Bumblebee (2018) 90%(Photo by Paramount Pictures) 793 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Facebook fans, #3 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Twitter fansOpens December 21The Transformers franchise has never performed very well with critics (the first film in 2007 is the Freshest at 58% on the Tomatometer), but it has raked in over billion at the box office. With that in mind, this month s Bumblebee represents a break from formula: It s a prequel set during the 1980s and centered on just one of the characters, and it s directed by someone other than Michael Bay (namely Travis Knight). Hailee Steinfeld stars as the human companion this time around, and instead of the more futuristic designs we ve seen in the franchise thus far, we get robots that more closely resemble the classic Transformers from the TV series. We ll have to wait and see if the gamble pays off.Watch Trailer4. Mary Poppins Returns (2018) 80%(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)1,149 Want-to-See Votes#3 pick by our Twitter fansOpens December 19The latest in Disney s efforts to remake, reimagine, or otherwise reintroduce classic films from their extensive library comes in the form of a sequel to 1964 s Mary Poppins. The magical nanny formerly played by Julie Andrews is replaced by Emily Blunt, who returns to Cherry Tree Lane to teach timely lessons to the children of the now grown-up Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw). This one only cracked the top five in our Twitter poll, but it also earned the third most Want-to-See votes on RT.Watch Trailer5a. Mary Queen of Scots (2018) 62%(Photo by Liam Daniel/Focus Features)552 Want-to-See Votes#5 pick by our Facebook and Instagram fansOpens December 7Like last month, two films tied for the fifth spot on our Most Anticipated list, and in this case, they re both political dramas based on true events. The first is this look at the life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), the young Queen of France who returns to her native Scotland just as the country comes under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), setting off a fierce rivalry with consequences that will echo through history. Mary Queen of Scots managed to sneak in at fifth in both our Facebook and Instagram polls and earned the fifth most Want-to-See votes on RT, and judging from early reviews, it s an impressive showcase for the talents of its two leads.Watch Trailer5b. Vice (2018) 65%(Photo by Annapurna Pictures)195 Want-to-See Votes#4 pick by our Instagram fans, #5 pick by our Twitter fansOpens December 25Last but not least, we have Adam McKay s profile of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, chronicling the congressman s rise to power and substantial influence during the George W. Bush administration. The stellar cast includes Christian Bale as Cheney, Sam Rockwell as Bush, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, just to name a few, and it represents McKay s second foray into more serious material after a string of broad comedies. Though it didn t score many Want-to-See votes, it managed to rank fourth in our Instagram poll and fifth in our Twitter poll.Watch Trailer
Ahead of this week s release of Marvel Studios Captain Marvel – the first standalone female superhero movie to emerge from the MCU – Kevin Feige sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to talk about the final days of Phase 3. Want to know how he, the Russo Brothers, and Infinity War s writers decided who to dust, and who to let live? The team was searching for Maximum Heartbreak. Want to know which Avengers will be the focus of Endgame? Feige is dropping hints. Watch the video above for more.Captain Marvel is in theaters Friday, March 8, 2019. Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image courtesy of Marvel Studios
What do the four most successful – if not beloved – video game movie series have in common? They feature exclusively Rotten movies! But that doesn’t mean the Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil films don’t pack in the kind of fun set pieces and memorable characters that fans of their origin games are looking for, and which have kept those fans coming back for more. In the latest episode of Vs., Mark Ellis is powering up and deciding which long-running video game movie series is the best of all, despite what critics might say. He’s breaking it all down in five rounds: Box Office, Tomatometer and Audience Score, Characters, Best Foot Forward, and a special wild card round. Will it be the terrifying zombie action of the Resident Evil films or the bloody fatalities of Mortal Kombat? Or will Lara Croft swing in from nowhere to take the W? (We’d throw in a hypothetical Street Fighter win, but… let’s be real here.) Don’t agree with Mark’s ultimate call? “Finish him”… non-brutally, in the comments.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.