Things To Watch During The Holiday

Monarch Movie Recommendations


With the holidays around the corner, it’s once again time to immerse yourself in those charming time-honored traditions: wrapping presents and spending hours arguing with family members over what movie to watch. Fortunately, this holiday season there’s no shortage of movies or TV shows coming to a theatre or for at-home streaming.

Here are some of our top picks.

November 18, 2022
Written and directed by Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Chole Sevigny and Michael Stuhlbarg

A coming-of-age tale where sexual desire is tied to cannibalism.
This awakening happens at a slumber party, where the two central characters understand that they share the same desire.
Flirtation swiftly escalates to a gruesome bite, and from there a bond is created. Together they explore a lifestyle that is dark, gruesome, and yet fulfilling. All driven by the need to consume.

November 18, 2022
Written and directed by Elegance Bratton
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeremy Pope, and Aubrey Joseph

In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.

November 23, 2022
Written and directed by J.D.Dillard
Starring: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell, Joe Jonas, and Serinda Swan

Based on the bestselling book and true story is an inspirational tale of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history, and his friend fellow fighter and pilot, and friend, Tom Hudner. A pair of U.S. Navy fighter pilots risk their lives during the Korean War and become some of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.

December 9, 2022
Written and directed by: Sam Mendes
Starring: Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, and Micheal Ward

A drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s. Hilary (Olivia Colman) is a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward) is a new employee longing to escape the provincial town where he faces daily adversity. Together they find a sense of belonging and experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

December 22, 2022
Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Sanna Lathan, and Taye Diggs

Based upon the eponymous Universal film franchise written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.