Five Films Releasing in December

For some reason, film producers who are vying for Oscar gold in February think they need to release their “For Your Consideration” films in December (with possible larger expansions in January) to keep at the top of mind before the nominations come out.

Whether this strategy works or not is a discussion for another time, but the upshot of it is this: when it gets cold outside, the films get hotter inside. Here’s five that could merit your attention over the coming weeks.

Wild (Release December 5)

Exodus: Gods and Kigs (Release December 12)

American Sniper (Release December 25)

Selma (Release December 25)

A Most Violent Year (Release December 31)