When hard-partying Chicago bank manager Clay's (T.J. Miller) CEO sister Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to shut down his branch, he decides to throw an epic Christmas party against her wishes in order to secure a huge client and save the branch.
He sets up the party with help from his co-workers, including Mary (Kate McKinnon) and Tracey (Olivia Munn), as well as his Chief Technical Officer, Josh (Jason Bateman), but the party turns out to be a lot crazier than anyone had anticipated, as it leaves the office in a state of chaos and destruction.
One day, Susan (Amy Adams), an unhappy art gallery owner in a crumbling marriage receives a package from her ex-husband Tony (Jake Gyllenhaal), whom she left 20 years earlier. Inside is a book manuscript called "Nocturnal Animals," which he notes that she inspired him to write, and he asks for her opinion about it.
Left alone in her mansion while her current husband is away on a business trip, Susan begins to read it and quickly becomes obsessed with the script, which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns deadly after his wife and daughter are abducted. Susan interprets the violent thriller as a secret threat of symbolic revenge, and finds herself recalling her past marriage, while confronting some dark truths about herself.
Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a ruthless and successful political lobbyist notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs. As she exposes D.C. lobbyists on both sides of the gun control debate, a new legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership is created, and she is pitted against the formidable power of her political opponents.
Using her skills, she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk in order to win. The thriller pulls back the curtain on how Capitol Hill games are played and won as Sloane faces off against the most influential powers in Washington.
Canadian Connection: Filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
Reclusive handyman/janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who looks after five apartment buildings in Boston, has to return home when his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Lee, who lives a solitary and seemingly unhappy existence, once had a wife and children before tragedy struck.
He finds to his dismay that he's been named the legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). When Lee returns to Manchester, he must face his painful past, along with his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the community of North Shore, many of whom are not happy to see him.