Holiday Movie/TV Preview 2016

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Holiday Movie/TV Preview 2016


New Films


Release Date: November 4, 2016

Supervised Sound Editing by Erik Aadahl ‘98

Trolls After their village is invaded, the upbeat troll Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and the pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake) team up to rescue their friends from the evil King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Hacksaw Ridge

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Produced by Bill Mechanic ‘79

Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a WWII American Army Medic, becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor – without even firing one shot during the Battle of Okinawa.

Doctor Strange

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Written and Directed by Scott Derrickson ‘95 Produced by Kevin Feige ‘95

After his career is destroyed, a former neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) is trained by a sorcerer (Tilda Swinton) to protect the world from evil using the mystical arts.


Release Date: Novemeber 11, 2016

Produced by Shawn Levy ‘94

A linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited to lead a team of investigators who try to communicate with aliens.


Release Date: November 23, 2016

Re-Recording Mixing by Tom Johnson ‘81 Supervised Sound Editing by Tim Nielsen ‘99

In ancient Polynesia, a demigod (Dwayne Johnson) and a Chieftain’s daughter embark on a journey to lift a terrible curse.

Bad Santa 2

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Produced by Andrew Gunn

Willie (Billie Bob Thornton) teams up with his sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) once again to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.


Release Date: November 23, 2016

Directed and Produced by Robert Zemeckis ‘73

In 1942, an intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) and a resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) fall in love during a deadly mission and find their relationship tested against the background of war.

Rules Don't Apply

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel ‘69

In 1958 Hollywood, a romance between an aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Alden Ahrenreich) brews, despite it being forbidden by their mutual boss Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty).

Office Christmas Party

Release Date: December 9, 2016

Story by Timothy Dowling ‘96

Under the threat of being shut down, a company branch throws an epic Christmas party to woo a big potential client that could help save their jobs.

Rogue One

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Story/Executive Producer/VFX Supervising by John Knoll ‘84 Starring Forest Whitaker

A group of spies from the Rebellion go on a risky mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Collateral Beauty

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Produced by Bard Dorros ‘99

Retreating from life following a tragedy, a successful ad man (Will Smith) questions life and begins to write to Love, Time, and Death.


Release Date: December 21, 2016

Produced by Ori Marmur ‘93 Produced by Neal Moritz ‘85

Two passengers (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) on a spacecraft traveling to a distant planet are awaken 90 years too soon from their induced hibernation.

Why Him?

Release Date: December 23, 2016

Produced by Shawn Levy ‘94

An overly protective dad (Bryan Cranston) forms a rivalry with his daughter’s billionaire boyfriend (James Franco).

20th Century Women

Release Date: December 25, 2016

Produced by Megan Ellison

Three women (Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig) in 1970’s Santa Barbara explore love and freedom.

Live By Night

Release Date: December 25, 2016

Produced by Jennifer Todd Supervised Sound Editing by Erik Aadahl ‘98

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name, the Prohibition-era drama follows a bootlegger (Ben Affleck) who becomes a notorious gangster.

New TV Shows


Release Date: November 14, 2016

Executive Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

Part scripted drama and part documentary segments, the series follows the first crew of humans to visit the Red Planet in 2033.

Search Party

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Written by Robbie Pickering ‘06 Produced by Brittney Segal ‘11

After the disappearance of a former college acquaintance, four twenty-year-olds try embark to solve the mystery.


Release Date: November 30, 2016

Produced by Jennifer Todd

A man (Sean Teale) infiltrates and attempts to upend a giant corporation with unlimited power.


Release Date: December 9, 2016

Executive Produced by Doug Liman

The eight-episode Netflix series follows hostage situations around the whole world, showing the viewpoints of everyone involved.