December is filled with hot cocoa, decked halls and lighthearted holiday films — but this December also brings exceptional storytelling films, featuring some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Here are four dynamic indie dramas you can’t miss this month at AMC.

THE DISASTER ARTIST

  • Release Date: December 8, 2017
  • Directed by: James Franco
  • Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogan

With the Franco brothers and Seth Rogan behind THE DISASTER ARTIST, you know there will be a lot of laughs — but underneath the hilarity is a moving, universal message of friendship, hope and persistence. Director-producer James Franco shares his approach to telling the true story.

THE DISASTER ARTIST is a dramedy based on Greg Sestero's best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult-classic disasterpiece THE ROOM.

When Sestero (Dave Franco), an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Wiseau (James Franco) in an acting class, they form a unique bond and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. What they end up making, however, is “the greatest bad movie” of all time.

THE DISASTER ARTIST features Eliza Coupe, Alison Brie, Kristen Bell and Zac Efron, as well as a few cameos you’ll have to see on the big screen.

THE SHAPE OF WATER

  • Release Date: December 8, 2017
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins

In our exclusive interview with THE SHAPE OF WATER cast, Richard Jenkins said writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro took a “big risk to ask an audience to fall in love with” a mute custodian and mysterious sea creature. Hear more from the stars in the clip below.

While Jenkins may be right, del Toro’s risk paid off. THE SHAPE OF WATER is a visually spectacular and heart-stirring film about love, loss and acceptance of “the other.”

Set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963, in a hidden high-security government laboratory, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Every day is the same routine: She wakes up, gets ready for her shift, makes lunch for her neighbor (Jenkins) and goes to work.

But Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment — an “asset” that appears to be intelligent. She begins a friendship with the creature, and slowly, the two form a romantic connection.

As del Toro described the film to us, THE SHAPE OF WATER captures “the magic of a fairy tale and the beauty of a classical movie,” entwined with an unforgettable story.

DARKEST HOUR

  • Release Date: December 22, 2017
  • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

May 9, 1940, World War II: The fall of France is imminent; Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms; and King George VI is forced to appoint a new prime minister to rally the nation.

As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance — and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk — the fate of Western Europe now hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.

Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.

Rather than approaching the film as a straightforward historical drama, Wright removed Churchill from his political pedestal and allowed audiences an intimate look at Churchill’s personal life: from his marriage to his speech-writing process. Learn how Wright created a realistic portrait of the icon in our exclusive interview.

During this time of crisis, we get to see his humor, his quirks and his bad habits — but most importantly, we get to witness the master of language at work.

Churchill’s impassioned speaking style is the center of the film, and Gary Oldman delivers with astounding accuracy. His transformation into the prime minister is remarkable. There’s little doubt he will receive a best actor nomination for his exceptional performance, if not the Oscar.

MOLLY’S GAME

  • Release Date: December 22, 2017
  • Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
  • Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Aaron Sorkin — the writer of A FEW GOOD MEN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK and MONEYBALL — makes his directorial debut with the bio-drama MOLLY’S GAME.

Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) was a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier … who also ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.

With ties like these, which she maintained for a decade, she became an FBI target. Now, her only ally is her criminal defense lawyer, Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), who learns there is much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

MOLLY’S GAME is smart and fast-paced, balancing flashbacks of Molly’s exciting life in LA with the sobering present. Chastain and Elba deliver strong, engaging performances that will keep you on the edge of your seat, anxious for the final verdict.

Don’t miss these dynamic indie dramas this December at an AMC theatre near you. Browse showtimes and get your tickets today.