December is one of those months that movie geeks and industry insiders alike live for. With a healthy mix of prestige projects and blockbuster thrills heading our way, it's a month packed with potential excitement at every turn. But as hard as it is to choose, we've selected 12 of the biggest films of the month to represent the best that this historically stuffed month has to offer. Here's our list of the best films to close out 2017!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

How is this even a question? How does anyone get away with asking 90% of the world, "Do you want to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi"? At this point, Rian Johnson's mysterious follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is pretty much required viewing to be a human, what with the hype surrounding it reaching mythic levels. Not to mention, with all of the talk of Porgs, enigmatic casino planets, and romance unlike anything we've ever seen, the return of Luke Skywalker, Rey, Finn, and Poe is just that much more exciting to behold.

Opening: Friday, December 15th

The Shape of Water Sally Hawkins stares lovingly at her mer-man

The Shape of Water

If it wasn't for Pacific Rim Uprising suffering delays in its production process, we may not have ever gotten Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. The smaller film was touted as "Wall-E meets The Little Mermaid," and the project that he and co-writer Vanessa Taylor had crafted for years was given the room to proceed when del Toro made the decision to switch gears during the interim. From the looks of the film itself, and the sounds the critics have been making in response to the actual story, it's pretty clear that The Shape of Water was the right project at the right time, as this fairy tale for adults looks as lush and heart-breaking as the director's best work.

Opening: Friday, December 1st

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