The holidays are right around the corner and December is packed with great movie releases, from a hugely-anticipated superhero blockbuster to heartfelt romances to fight choreography-packed action movies. But what about the movie events that aren’t wide releases? The special anniversary rereleases and concert events? That’s what this list is for.
Here are the best special movie and concert events coming to theaters in December 2020.
1. National Theatre Live: Fleabag
Release date: Thursday, December 3
When Fleabag was released in 2016, it was a cultural bomb, rippling across thinkpieces and social media and in our pop culture consciousness. But not everybody knows Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant TV series was based on her own one-woman play of the same name that first hit the stage in 2013. This event from Fathom is from a live production of Fleabag after Waller-Bridge returned to London’s West End for a brand-new run in 2019. It’s coming back to movie theaters for one night only so snap your tickets up.
2. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition
Release date: Thursday, December 3
On July 31, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergized the career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This special documentary and concert film event from Trafalgar Releasing covers that incredible night and covers many of Elvis’s greatest hits including “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Love Me Tender” and “Suspicious Minds.” Fans of the King won’t want to miss this.
3. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 20th Anniversary
Release dates: Sunday, December 6; Wednesday, December 9; Saturday, December 12
The winner of four Academy Awards upon its release, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon kindled a love of wuxia movies for people around the globe and put director Ang Lee on the Hollywood map. Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy — and the inescapable, enduring power of love.
4. TCM Big Screen Classics: Fiddler On The Roof
Release dates: Sunday, December 13 & Monday, December 14; Wednesday, December 16
In December, Fathom brings Norman Jewison’s beloved feature adaptation of the award-winning hit Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Set in the early 1900s in the small Ukranian village of Anatevka, Fiddler focuses on the exploits of the village milkman, Tevye, and his wayward daughters and headstrong wife, Golde. As outsider Russians threaten to tear their way of life apart and influence his daughters, Tevye struggles to hold onto his simple Jewish traditions and keep his family from changing even in the face of the inevitable. But when the corrupt Czarist regime turns on the Jews of Ukraine and enacts a pogrom against them, Tevye and his village must choose between losing their lives or losing their homeland.
5. Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker (2020 Encore)
Release dates: Friday, December 18 & Saturday, December 19; Monday, December 21
The beloved holiday classic is back in theaters for a limited engagement. The world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet’s performance tells the story of Marie, a young girl who receives a nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. In her dreams that night, her loyal nutcracker transforms into a courageous and charming prince who takes Marie on all sorts of adventures throughout this magical kingdom. With arguably the most famous music in all of ballet and a timeless story for generations, The Nutcracker is a must-see holiday tradition.
6. Clueless 25th Anniversary
Release dates: Sunday, December 27 & Monday, December 28
As if! It’s not easy being the most popular and glamorous girl at Beverly Hills High in Clueless, the beloved modern remake of Jane Austen’s Emma. Yet somehow 15-year-old Cher (Alicia Silverstone) keeps it all together, even finding time for extracurricular projects like finding a love match for her debate class teacher (Wallace Shawn), and giving a dowdy friend (Brittany Murphy) a fashion makeover. But Cher’s tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of two total Baldwins (hunks): a sexy and stylish new classmate (Justin Walker), and Cher’s square but cute “ex-stepbrother” (Paul Rudd). Now Cher is about to learn that when it comes to love, she’s …well, clueless. This special re-release from Fathom also includes a bonus featurette about the unforgettable dialogue.