From escapist franchise fare to festival darlings and awards hopefuls, the holiday season features some of Hollywood's most diverse slate of movies. One of the busiest box-office periods of the year, the films hitting theaters between now and mid January include "Justice League," "I, Tonya," "The Shape of Water," "Molly's Game" and more. Get a closer look at some of the most-anticipated films in the Times' 2017 Holiday Movie Preview. (This year's coverage excludes films from the Walt Disney Co. studios.)

'Molly's Game' director Aaron Sorkin thinks his lead character is 'a feminist icon'

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba star in "Molly's Game." (TIFF)
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba star in "Molly's Game." (TIFF)

Amid all the movies that distinguished themselves at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, perhaps no movie did so with words more than “Molly’s Game.” The film is a motormouth-y throwback, the kind that in the age of images and spectacle grooves to what movies once grooved to: well-crafted dialogue.

But what else would you expect from the feature directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin?

“I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone I love language. It’s the only way I have of communicating creatively,” Sorkin, the Emmy-winning creator of “The West Wing” and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” told The Times in Toronto.

I can’t draw; I can’t write music. I don’t see in my head what David Lean saw with camels coming up [over the horizon]. This is how I do it.

Aaron Sorkin

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