7 Innovators, Creatives and Entrepreneurs in New Movies You Can't Miss This Month

Get motivated at the theater with these flicks.

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By Nina Zipkin

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Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

As the year draws to a close and you begin thinking about your goals and resolutions for 2017, you can head to the cinema to get some inspiration from the creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators on the big screen.

Check out the movies that should be on your list this season.

Release date: Nov. 11
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Amy Adams stars as Louise Banks, an expert linguist tasked with translating a literally alien language that is unlike anything she has ever encountered before. The stakes are pretty high: preventing major political and military powers from starting World War III. Talk about needing to be cool under pressure.

Release date: Nov. 25
Directed by Garth Davis

This movie tells the true story of Indian-Australian businessman Saroo Brierley. At the age of 5, Brierley, played in the film by Dev Patel, gets lost and finds himself traveling alone on a train to a different part of India. After living on the streets, he is adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, he's reunited with his birth family thanks to Google Earth.

La La Land
Release date: Dec. 9
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play Mia and Sebastian -- a struggling actress and musician who are trying to make it in Los Angeles. In between crushing traffic and even worse auditions, the pair fall in love and try to accomplish their goals in this throwback to the movie musicals of the 20th century.

Office Christmas Party
Release Date: Dec. 9
Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck

This movie features a big ensemble led by Jennifer Aniston as a no-nonsense CEO trying to close down the part of the company that her brother, played by T.J. Miller, and his CTO (Jason Bateman) oversee. Based on the title, it's not hard to guess what happens next -- this one might be more of an inspiration of what not to do, but that's just our opinion.

The Founder
Release date: Dec. 16 in select cities, wide release Jan. 20
Directed by John Lee Hancock

In the vein of the Social Network and Steve Jobs, this film tells the story of the contentious and litigious rise of the McDonald's empire through the eyes of Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton), a milkshake salesman that joined the operation founded by Dick and Mac McDonald. Kroc subsequently bought out the brothers in the early 1960s.

Why Him?
Release date: Dec. 23
Directed by John Hamburg

Bryan Cranston plays a dad that freaks out upon meeting his daughter's eccentric startup founder billionaire boyfriend played by James Franco. This role is probably not the biggest stretch for Franco, who is Hollywood's go-to for a weird leading man. Again, this may be more of an example of what traits to avoid, or it could be cathartic if you know the type.

Hidden Figures
Release date: Dec. 25
Directed by Theodore Melfi

We may not have the modern space program or the private aerospace industry today -- the SpaceX's and Blue Origins of the world -- if not for the work of NASA mathematicians such as Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), who helped calculate what it would take for astronaut John Glenn to be the first American in orbit. The film also stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as Johnson's colleagues.

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Nina Zipkin is a staff writer at Entrepreneur.com. She frequently covers leadership, media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.

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