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A Bad Moms Christmas

Back in 2016 Bad Moms became a runaway raunchy hit, grossing more than $100 million on a tiny $20 million budget. So here's the sequel. Overworked, under-appreciated Mila Kunis, Katheryn Hahn and Kristen Bell are back. The joke this time around is that their overbearing mothers (Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines) are visiting for the holidays. Sure, it's a standard sitcom setup. But at least there's "crude sexual content and language throughout." R.
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Coco

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Daddy's Home 2

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

James Franco directs and stars in this biographical comedy about Tommy Wiseau, the inscrutable (and questionably talented) writer-director behind "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," 2003's ridiculous cult hit The Room. Franco's baby bro Dave Franco co-stars as Greg Sestero, the lousy but determined San Francisco actor who befriends Wiseau. After a move to Los Angeles in search of fame and fortune proves fruitless, the two deluded dreamers talk each other into making their own independent film. Aside from Franco's hilariously deadpan imitation of the oddball Wiseau, the film features a surprisingly affecting depiction of the allure that Hollywood holds and the lengths some people will go to achieve it. FULL REVIEW: Actor-director James Franco transforms into actor-director Tommy Wiseau by Devin D. O’Leary (12/7/2017). 103 minutes R.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio

Elf

Will Ferrell scored a perennial favorite with this seaonal comedy about a human adopted by Santa's elves who is sent to America to search for his biological roots. Occasionally absurd and often a bit too Hollywood sweet, the film is kept afloat by Ferrell's energetic performance. 95 minutes PG.
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque

The Florida Project

Over the course of a single summer, an imaginative, rambuctious 6-year-old girl named Moonee (tiny star Brooklynn Prince) gets in and out of trouble while living in a cheap motel in the shadow of Disneyland. While her tattoo-sporting single mom (Bria Vinaite) struggles to escape from grinding poverty, little Moonee spends time with the motel's kind-hearted manager (Willem Dafoe) and a ragtag collection of latchkey kids. There's not a lot, storywise, to this minimalist indie. But it's got heart and moxie and comes to us from writer-director Sean Baker, whose last film (Tangerine) was shot entirely on an iPhone. 111 minutes R.
Guild Cinema

It's a Wonderful Life

The 1946 classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed returns to the big screen in a digitally restored print. You've probably seen it at least a dozen times on TV. But it's the perfect movie about suicide to get you in the holiday mood. 130 minutes Unrated.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio

Just Getting Started

Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star in this old folks action comedy about an ex-FBI agent (Jones) who moves into a swinging retirement community and immediately clashes with the ex-mob lawyer (Freeman) who manages the place. They even fight over the resident AARP hottie (Rene Russo)—at least until a bunch of mob hitmen show up, gunning for the lawyer who's hiding out under witness protection. Then, it's reluctant buddy comedy time. 91 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Justice League

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Lady Bird

Writer/actress Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, Mistress America, Francis Ha) turns director for this witty, well-observed coming-of-age drama. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Brooklyn) stars a Northern California girl stuck in Catholic school and applying to a bunch of East Coast colleges in hopes of escaping her overbearing, hypercritical mother (Laurie Metcalf, employing her sitcom skills to great effect). 93 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Dan Stevens (from "Downton Abbey," The Guest, Beauty and the Beast, "Legion," Marshall and growing overexposure) stars as Charles Dickens. The film relates the "real life" inspirations that caused him to write A Christmas Carol. It's a nice, well-dressed Victorian-era biopic but doesn't really express the lasting historical impact Dickens had on the Christmas holiday. 104 minutes PG.
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Murder On the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh directs this classy, rather traditional take on Agatha Christie's oft-filmed murder mystery. Most of the whodunit fun is in watching the crowded A-list cast—which includes Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and Willem Dafoe. 114 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

The Star

A small but brave donkey convinces a bunch of wacky, wisecracking animal pals to defy King Herod and go in search of the Star of Bethlehem. Yup, its a CGI cartoon retelling of the birth of Baby Jesus—from the perspective of all those animals you jam in the back of the Christmas creche. Stephen Yuen, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracey Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gabriel Iglesias and Mariah Carey are among the eclectic voice cast. 86 minutes PG.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Thor: Ragnarok

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. PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh (who gave us the fine In Bruges) writes and directs this brilliant, bitter crime dramedy. Frances McDormand guarantees herself an Oscar nomination as Mildred, a permanently angry divorcée whose teenage daughter was raped and murdered. With no progress on the case in the last seven months, mom erects three billboards castigating the popular local police chief (Woody Harrelson) for his inaction. This sets off a chain of ugly repercussions in their tiny community. There are bursts of fine character-based humor (particularly from Sam Rockwell as a dimwitted police officer), but the overarching tone is one of ordinary, well-meaning people trying to do the right thing but ending up doing the exact wrong thing. FULL REVIEW: Crime doesn’t pay and neither does justice in pitch perfect comedy-drama by Devin D. O’Leary (11/30/2017). 115 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio

Wonder

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema