Best Movies & TV Series in December 2023: Let’s End The Year with Comfort and Joy

End with a bang!
By: Iffah Salleh
December 15, 2023

As we say goodbye to the emotional ride that was this year, let us express our heartfelt gratitude to the silver and small screen for being constant companions. In both happy and sad times, entertainment has provided solace, bringing us comfort and delight.

Each entry is a monument to the powerful and intriguing world of narrative, ranging from heartwarming anime excursions to sci-fi odysseys, riveting survival dramas, and nostalgic anime trips.

So, let us raise a cinematic glass to the beautiful movies and tv series that brought us together, eliciting laughter, tears, and a sense of escape.  Here’s to festive finales and a new year promising even more enchanting cinematic wonders! 

Best Movies & TV Series in December 2023

1. Migration

‘Migration,’ the animated marvel from Illumination and Universal Pictures, will take you on a joyful trip. This hilarious narrative, directed by Benjamin Renner and starring Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks, chronicles the raucous quest of the Mallard family from New England to the sun-soaked coasts of Jamaica. Join this feathered family as they discover the wonder of migration in this short that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the relationships that truly matter.

So, don’t pass up the opportunity to extend your wings with “Migration,” now showing at your nearest cinema.

2. The Creator

Immerse yourself in a futuristic battleground with this anticipated Disney series ‘The Creator,’ a sci-fi action thriller from 20th Century Studios. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring John David Washington and Gemma Chan, this cinematic masterpiece unfolds in a gripping narrative amid a relentless war between humanity and artificial intelligence. Follow Joshua on a mission to eliminate the elusive Creator, crafting a mysterious weapon with the potential to end all of mankind.

Don’t miss the pulse-pounding action and edge-of-your-seat drama of ‘The Creator’ – now available for streaming exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar.

3. Welcome to Samdal-ri

Step into the charm of ‘Welcome to Samdal-ri,’ a South Korean series hitting Netflix this month. Penned by Kwon Hye-joo and directed by Cha Young-hoon, it stars Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun. Set in Jeju Island, the tale follows childhood friends Jo Yong-pil and Jo Sam-dal, reconnecting amidst life’s challenges. 

Immerse yourself in this heartening story of friendship and resilience, now streaming on Netflix.

4. Night Has Come

Experience the thrilling voyage of ‘Night Has Come,’ a dramatic teen drama reminiscent of ‘Battle Royale.’ Yooil High School students are thrust into real-life mafia games on a retreat, where they must traverse lethal obstacles and build friendships. If ‘Battle Royale’ enthralled you, “Night Has Come” promises a similarly tense experience. 

Be on your wits and get immersed in the compelling narrative, which is now available on Viu.

5. Yu Yu Hakusho

Relive the magic as the iconic anime, “Yu Yu Hakusho,” leaps from pages to live-action on Netflix. The series, directed by Takumi Kitamura, retains the essence of the original manga, providing viewers with a new perspective on Yusuke Urameshi’s dramatic journey. It’s a must-see for anime fans since it combines enthralling fight scenes with a diverse ensemble cast.

Join Yu Yu Hakusho and his teams by streaming the series on Netflix now.

6. Gyeongseong Creature

Brace for a riveting journey into history with “Gyeongseong Creature.” This South Korean web series, set in 1945, unfolds in the darkest days of Gyeongseong. As the Japanese colonisation looms, the series delves into fierce struggles at the border between life and death. 

Streaming exclusively on Netflix from December 22, 2023.

7. Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom

Dive into the aquatic spectacle of ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ the eagerly awaited American superhero sequel hitting theatres on December 22nd, 2023. Directed by James Wan, the film reunites Jason Momoa as Aquaman with a stellar cast, promising an oceanic adventure blending heroism and ancient forces.

Let’s go to Atlantis, or you can march to your nearest cinema this December 22, 2023.

8. The Boy And The Heron

Experience the magic brought by Studio Ghibli with ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ a Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Robert Pattinson and Christian Bale also star in this nostalgic tale. Now playing in local cinemas, this enchanting masterpiece follows Mahito’s quest into a world of wonder after his mother’s passing. 

Join the whimsical tale now playing at a cinema near you.

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