The Watch List: “The Greatest Showman,” “The Last Jedi” Dazzle In Theaters, “Falling For Angels” Soars Onto Streaming

Plus: "Battle of the Sexes" comes to VOD.

In Theaters

  • Reclusive jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) returns to teach fledgling hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) about the Force while the Resistance, led by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher in her final film appearance) continues to fight the evil First Order and her son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). (December 15, Disney)

  • Hugh Jackman sings and dances his way through this big Hollywood musical about circus impresario P.T. Barnum. With songs by La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and co-starring Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman’s already received three Golden Globe nominations. (December 20, 20th Century Fox)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

  • This brisk, entertaining biopic revisits the historic 1973 match between women’s tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and chauvinist former champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell), as well as King’s awakening as a lesbian. (VOD, 20th Century Fox)

  • In one of the first Grindr-driven gay dramas, a gay Parisian named Paul goes on a road trip through rural France using the app to try and find the meandering boyfriend who just up and abandoned him. (Blu-ray/DVD, Cinema Guild)

Streaming

  • With a vibrant creative team of LGBT people of color, this weekly anthology series is set in a different L.A. neighborhood each week: In the third episode, “Leimert Park,” young African-American poet Abraham must make some big decisions involving his down-low boyfriend, family and friends. (December 15, Here TV)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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