Coming and Going on HBO Now in December 2018

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Wes Anderson’s animated Isle of Dogs come to HBO cable and streaming services in December, along with the comedies Blockers and Life of the Party and giant creature spectacle Rampage.

HBO Originals include the feature Icebox, about a boy trapped in the U.S. Immigration system, and the documentaries Momentum Generation (on the U.S. surfing culture of the 1990s) and Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.

Older films returning to HBO include Christopher Nolan’s Inception, The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington, and the comedy hit The Hangover.

Among the films leaving at the end of December are Blade Runner 2049 and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

Here’s the complete calendar of what’s coming to HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand in December—original programming, first run movies, and films from the past couple of decades—and what’s leaving.

Original Programming:
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (12/3)
HBO First Look: Mortal Engines (12/4)
Ice Box (12/7)
Momentum Generation (12/11)
Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean (12/15)
Vice Special Report: The Panic Artists (12/10)
My True Brilliant Friend (12/10)
Bleed Out (12/17)

Series Finales:
Camping: Season 1 Finale (12/2)
My Brilliant Friend: Season 1 Finale (12/10)
Vice: Season 6 Finale (12/14)
Magnifica: Season 3 Finale (12/16)
Room 104: Season 2 Finale (12/14)
Sally4Ever: Season 1 Finale (12/23)
Theatrical Premieres:
Rampage (2018)  (12/1)
Traffik (2018) (12/6)
Ready Player One (2018) (12/8)
Blockers (2018) (12/15)
Isle of Dogs (2018) (12/22)
Life of the Party (2018) (12/29)

Mi tesoro (aka My Treasure) (2018) (12/1)
Vida en Marte (aka Life on Mars) (2016) (12/1)
High & Mighty (2018) (12/14)
En El Septimo Dia (aka On the Seventh Day) (2017) (12/21)

Starting December 1
An Innocent Man (1989)
The Best Man (1999)
The Book of Eli (2010)
Bootmen (2000)
Dave (1993)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
George A Romero’s Land of the Dead (2005)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
The Hangover (2009)
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Inception (2010)
The Land Before Time (1988)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (1995)
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996)
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997)
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)
The Land Before Time VII: Stone of Cold Fire (2000)
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water (2002)
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)
Legend of the Guardians The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)
Light It Up (1999)
Lost River (2015)

Ending December 16:
Wolves at the Door (2017)

Ending December 23:
All About Steve (2009)
Marmaduke (2010)

Ending December 24:
Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Ending December 26:
Whip It (2009)

Ending December 31
A Perfect World (1993)
Away We Go (2009)
Black Sea (2015)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blood Work (2002)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
Death Warrant (1990)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Dude Where’s my Car? (2000)
Dunkirk (2017)
Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
The Full Monty (1997)
Garden State (2004)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Oscar (1991)
Owning Mahowny (2003)
Pattie Cake$ (2017)
Rock Dog (2017)
Run Fat Boy Run (2008)
The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
Sweet Dreams (1985)
The Turning Point (1977)

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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