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This Month’s Highlights


Blockers is an absurd new take on a shopworn teen comedy trope. It’s an American Pie-esque story about teens who make a pact to lose their virginities on prom night, except this time, they’re young women, and the story isn’t so much about their attempts to get laid as it is about their parents — who find out about this pact, and try to do everything in their power to, well, block them. (I’m sorry.) While the trio playing said teens and their prospective hookup partners are all phenomenal, the real joy is watching their parents’ antics. Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena are all wonderfully in-over-their-heads as they try to parse emoji slang, cool teens, and butt-chugging. Blockers is great. Arrives December 15.

En El Séptimo Día

A film about undocumented immigrants living in Brooklyn, En El Séptimo Día follows José, who works endlessly, six days a week, as a deliveryman, and spends his day off as the best player on his soccer team. Shot with a documentarian’s sensibility, the film uses its central complication — José’s team makes it into the finals on the same Sunday that his boss wants him to come in and work an extra day — to depict the undocumented immigrant’s plight in miniature. You know: keeping the world running while being wholly at the mercy of those who have no legal responsibility to treat them with anything approaching fairness. Arrives December 21.

Full List of What’s New on HBO — December 2018

Noteworthy selections in bold.

Available December 1

An Innocent Man
The Best Man
The Book of Eli
Dawn of the Dead
George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead
Get Him to the Greek
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
The Hangover
He’s Just Not That Into You
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
The Land Before Time VII: Stone of Cold Fire
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Light It Up
Lost River
Mi tesoro (My Treasure)
Vida en Marte (Life on Mars)

Available December 3

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Available December 6


Available December 7

Ice Box

Available December 8

Ready Player One

Available December 10

Vice Special Report: The Panic Artists
My True Brilliant Friend

Available December 11

Momentum Generation

Available December 14

High & Mighty

Available December 15

Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean

Available December 17

Bleed Out

Available December 21

En El Septimo Dia (On the Seventh Day)

Available December 22

Isle of Dogs

Available December 29

Life of the Party

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New on HBO: December 2018