Pixar turns to Mexican culture and Day of the Dead for this animated feature about an aspiring young musician who confronts his family's ancestral ban on music by entering the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery. Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alfonso Arau, Edward James Olmos and Gabriel Iglesias are among the voice talent. PG.
Employing the same lazy sequel plot as A Bad Mom's Christmas, this follow-up to the 2015 Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg mild smirkfest finds wimpy stepfather Will Ferrell and macho biological dad Mark Wahlberg (now getting along just fine) visited by their own intrusive dads. Farrell gets John Lithgow and Wahlberg gets Mel Gibson. 100 minutes PG-13.
John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Gina Rodriquez and Peyton Manning provide the voices for this CGI toon about a kindhearted, flower-sniffing bull, who is mistaken for a dangerous beast and taken from his idyllic home. Based on the popular 1936 picture book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson.106 minutes PG.
Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg (and maybe a certain big blue Boy Scout) join forces to fight off an apocalyptic alien invasion. It's another incremental improvement in the DC/Warner Bros. brand, but it's punishingly frenetic, the CGI is on overload and everybody looks like an overdesigned basketball shoe. (This last one is particularly annoying in the wake of Thor: Raganrok, which embraced the hell out of legendary artist Jack Kirby's visual style. Justice League borrows a lot of Kirby characters and storylines, but none of his trademark look.)121 minutes PG-13.
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars in this based-on-a-true-story gambling drama from noted writer-director Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night," "The West Wing," "The Newsroom"). Chastain tackles the role of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who runs the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and becomes the target of an FBI investigation. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera costar.140 minutes R.
It feels like they made 10 of these films already, despite the fact that this is only the third in the series. Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson return as the now-former members of a college a cappella chorus who reunite to go on a USO tour (which is also a competition, because everything has to be a singing competition these days). If you're some insane fan of Pentatonix, "Glee" and "American Idol," and can't get enough a cappella mashups of Britney Spears songs, this musical comedy is aimed squarely at you.93 minutes PG-13.
Trapped in an otherworldly gladiatorial contest, the Asgardian God of Thunder Thor (Chris Hemsworth) teams up with his angry pal the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to prevent the all-powerful Goddess of Death Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying the Asgardian civilization. New Zealander Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) directs this high-energy action comedy with a breezy sense of fun.130 minutes PG-13.
Ever wonder what the kid from Mask was like in elementary school? That's pretty much the premise of this heartwarming drama about a fifth grader (Room's Jacob Tremblay) with facial deformities who goes to a mainstream elementary school for the first time and struggles for acceptance. Fortunately, he's got a tough and loving mom (Julia Roberts) at his side. Based on the bestselling novel by R.J. Palacio.113 minutes PG.