Sonia Braga stars as Clara, a headstrong widow and retired music critic, born into a wealthy and traditional Brazilian family, who finds herself as the last resident of a tiny, upper-class apartment building in seaside Recife. When a major corporation buys up the neighboring buildings for a giant construction project, Clara finds herself standing her ground and reminiscing about all the people, places and possessions in her life. 142 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/9)
In this Paris-set Indian comedy-romance, a quintessential Delhi boy (Ranveer Singh) and a French-born Indian girl (Vaani Kapoor) find love "in an impulsive, engaging series of experiences" while navigating the City of Lights. In Hindi with English subtitles. 132 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/9)
Father, author and relationship expert Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his latest bestseller. Looks like he's got it all figured out until he meets an acerbic talk show therapist (Nadine Velazquez) who thinks he's nothing but a charlatan. Don't worry, these two are gonna fall in love real soon. 104 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 12/9)
In this Indian action thriller, a committed police officer (Ram Charan) embarks on a dangerous mission to bring down the most corrupt person in the country. This one's a remake of the 2015 Tamil film Thani Oruvan. In Telugu with English subtitles. 165 minutes (Opens Thursday 12/8)
Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Ernest Borgnine star in this classic 1953 Oscar winner about life in Hawaii immediately preceding World War II. The story centers around three US Army soldiers dealing with prejudice, adultery and other troubles in the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Out of 13 Academy Award nominations, this film took home eight. 118 minutes Unrated. (Opens Sunday 12/11)
Guatemala's first-ever entry into the Academy Awards is this dreamlike debut from Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante. Mixing fact and fable, the Herzog-like drama depicts the daily lives and rituals of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. The local, nonprofessional actors--who also helped contribute to Bustamante's ethnographic script--only add to the documentary-like feel of the film. In Maya and Spanish with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/9)
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in this fantastically moving family drama for Academy Award-nominated writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (Gangs of New York, You Can Count on Me). Affleck stars as a glum, hardworking Boston handyman who gets word that his beloved older brother has passed away. He heads back to his hometown for the funeral, where he's suddenly confronted with the information that he's now the guardian of his brother's moody and perpetually horny teenage son. Haunted by the memory of everything that brought him to his current sad sack state of affairs, our protagonist tries his best to deal with his fractured family's lingering grief. 137 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 12/8)
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Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) stars as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. being grilled in the senate by an angry Democratic legislator (John Lithgow) in this talky political thriller. The narrative spins backwards to inform us how the titular character landed in this particular circumstance (something about evil Southern senators and the gun lobby). Chastain is great as the hard-driven political manipulator, but even veteran director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) can't quite rein in the unwieldy, wannabe John Grisham script by first-timer Jonathan Perera. 132 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/9)
Noted fashion designer Tom Ford writes and directs his second film (after 2009's understated A Single Man). There's definitely a lot of style on display in this convoluted story (based on the novel by Austin Wright) about an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) haunted by her possibly violent ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Seems, after all these years apart, he's written a "fictional" novel in which a peaceful husband (also Jake Gyllenhaal) seeks bloody revenge for the rape and murder of his wife (Isla Fisher). Our real-life art gallery owner takes the narrative as a threat, but is there something else bubbling under the novel's symbolic surface? It's a gorgeously mean-spirited thriller, but rather difficult to fully unpack and slightly undercut by the fact that most of it involves reading a book. 116 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/9)
When his uptight CEO sister (Jennifer Aniston) decides to shut down the company on the eve of the holidays, a branch manager (T.J. Miller) decides to throw one last epic Christmas rager in order to woo some big-money clients. Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance and Rob Corddry round out the cast of this crude, drunken, full frontal nudity-filled romp. 105 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 12/8)
Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. "Clown" from Slipknot) directs this manic action flick based on the comic book by Chris Burnham and Joe Casey. Kim Coates (Black Hawk Down, "Sons of Anarchy") stars as a police officer killed in the line of duty who's brought back from the dead again and again to continue his war on crime. Bullet-riddled, raunchy and way, way, way over the top, this cartoonishly crazed crime film is the stuff of cult movie legend. 88 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/9)
Stanley Kubrick directed this hard-hitting 1957 war drama about a colonel (Kirk Douglas) whose soldiers are accuses of cowardice by a glory-seeking general during World War I. The staunch antiwar story is based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Double-featured with Spartacus as part of Guild Cinema's 100th birthday tribute to Kirk Douglas. 88 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/9)
Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning 1960 drama about a slave revolt in the decadent Roman Republic feels less like the costume-heavy Biblical spectacles that inspired it and more like the genuine historical epic it is. Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons star. Double-featured with Paths of Glory as part of Guild Cinema's 100th birthday tribute to Kirk Douglas. 248 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 12/10)
A dozen charming, family-friendly shorts from around the world make up this collection of animation from around the world. Belgium, France, Canada, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland and the U.K. are among the nations represented. From right here in the US, we've got Pixar's charming seaside short "Piper." 96 minutes Unrated.
Ben Affleck stars in this action thriller as an autistic, OCD-afflicted math savant who cooks the books for various high-dollar criminal clients. When the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, however, he takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a "legitimate" client. Unfortunately, corporate America turns out to be more dangerous than the Mob. 128 minutes R.
An American intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) encounters a female French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) while on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in North Africa. But when the couple reunite in London, he begins to suspect her of being a double agent. 124 minutes R.
Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, J.B. Smoove, Romany Malco and Kimberley Elise star in this comedy drama about a dysfunctional family that gets together for their first Christmas since their mother died. Your basic laughing and crying gig from the writer-director of First Sunday and Baggage Claim. 112 minutes PG-13.
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Denis Villeneuve (best known for such hard-hitting crime films as Prisoners and Sicario) directs this sci-fi mystery in which a humble linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to figure out what a bunch of strange alien devices are trying to tell us. This is thoughtful, smartly assembled speculation, laced with fear, tension and a major sense of discovery. 116 minutes PG-13.
Billy Bob Thornton returns as greedy, hateful, frequently drunk con man Willie in this raunchy sequel. This time around, he reunites with his undersized sidekick Marcus to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve--dressed as Santa, of course. 92 minutes R.
A small-town businessman going through tough financial times tries to decide between selling the family business and funding his town's annual Christmas pageant. It's a tough choice--until he meets a joyful, Jesus-loving boy who teaches everybody to believe in miracles. The star of this faith-based drama, Ryan O'Quinn, was the uncredited narrator in 2009's Eyeborgs and played "police officer" in the awful 2014 remake of 2000's already awful Left Behind. 139 minutes PG.
Marvel finally unleashes the magic on screen with its first mystical superhero. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as an egotistical surgeon who loses the use of his hands in an accident and embarks on a journey of healing--only to wind up as the apprentice to a magical superbeing (Tilda Swinton, natch) in Nepal. The trippy visuals and unpredictable storyline prove these Marvel superhero movies still have plenty of originality in store for audiences. 115 minutes PG-13.
High school life gets even more complicated for a popular but overly dramatic teenager (Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit) after her best friend starts dating her older brother. First-time writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig is responsible for this deft and occasionally dark dramedy which tries to turn the John Hughes "lovable outsiders" trope on its ear. 104 minutes R.
J.K. Rowling revisits the pre-Harry Potter world of Harry Potter with this 1920s-set prequel in which wizardly writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) heads to New York City and accidentally loses a suitcase full of magical monsters. David Yates (who gave us Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows) directs. Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight and Johnny Depp costar. Expect four more of these before we're done. 133 minutes PG-13.
Mel Gibson (yeah, that Mel Gibson) directs this true story about a World War II army medic who served during the battle of Okinawa, despite being a conscientious objector. Even though Desmond Doss (played here by The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield) refused to carry a weapon, he saved the lives of many soldiers and was eventually awarded a Medal of Honor. Gibson is in remarkably good territory here, giving audiences a vigorously old-fashioned tale of heroism. 131 minutes R.
Chistmas is coming, so now is as good a time as any to whip out another one of those cheap exorcism dramas. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Carice Van Houten ("Game of Thrones") and David Mazouz ("Gotham") star in this standard-issue tale about a demon-possessed kid for director Brad Peyton (who gave us the equally terrifying Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore). FULL REVIEW:The devil is not in the details in redundant new exorcism drama by Devin D. O’Leary (12/8/2016). 91 minutes PG-13.
Ruth Negga ("Priest") and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) star in this historical drama about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were sentenced to prison in 1958 Virginia for getting married. Writer-director Jeff Nichols (who gave us the innovative indies Take Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special) crafts a moving and timely story, but the whole things seems a bit too tasteful and modest to have the emotional impact it should. 123 minutes PG-13.
In this Swedish comedy-drama, grumpy old man Ove (Rolf Lassgard) refuses to step down as his condominium association's president and continues to serve as the de facto official, enforcing various rules and tenants on his exasperated neighbors. But when a pregnant Middle Eastern woman accidentally backs into his mailbox, an unexpected friendship ensues. Based on Fredrik Backman's 2012 bestseller. This funny, tragic, heartwarming tale is one of the most successful films in Swedish box office history. In Swedish and Persian with English subtitles. 116 minutes PG-13.
Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho provide the voices for this Polynesian fantasy story which comes to us courtesy of the animators at Disney. The titular Moana is a headstrong young girl who uses her navigational skills to set sail for a fabled island with the help of a legendary (if somewhat past his prime) demigod named Maui. This charming, fun musical cartoon harkens back to the glory days of The Little Mermaid. FULL REVIEW:Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon by Devin D. O’Leary (12/1/2016). 113 minutes PG.
Like an inner city version of Boyhood, this engrossing indie drama drifts through the life of a confused Miami kid. By covering three separate sections of his life (and using three different actors), the film shows us how young Chiron comes of age while coming to grips with his sexuality. Though it is sounds rather specific to the gay and African-American experience in America, this slow, patient tone poem vividly expresses what it's like to struggle with who and what you are--no matter what your background happens to be. FULL REVIEW:Somber, poetic look at inner-city manhood ponders multiple questions of identity by Devin D. O’Leary (11/10/2016). 110 minutes R.
Warren Beatty writes, directs and stars in this comedy/drama/romance about an aspiring actress (Lily Collins from Mirror Mirror), a determined driver (Alden Ehrenreich from Hail, Caesar!) and the eccentric billionaire they both work for (Howard Hughes, played by Beatty). 126 minutes PG-13.
Those hideous, hirsute troll dolls from the early 1960s (with occasional flare-ups of popularity in the '70s, '80s and '90s) finally get their own CGI movie, courtesy of DreamWorks. The story involves happy troll Poppy and curmudgeonly troll Branch, who are forced to team up and save their woodland village from evil invaders. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani and John Cleese supply the voices. Eh, it beats The Pet Rock Movie--which, laugh all you like, is probably coming. 92 minutes PG.
Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich star in this gritty, no-nonsense encapsulation of the worst disaster in US oil-drilling history. Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor) knows how to stage crowd-pleasing action. As explosion-filled disaster movies go, it's stirring. But the film never figures out how to address deeper questions about this environmental disaster and the corporate culture that allowed it to happen. 107 minutes PG-13.
Writer-director Fede Alvarez (the remake of Evil Dead) isn't the first horror film director to be inspired by Terence Young's 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark (about a blind woman stalked by thugs in her own house). Still, he does a nifty job of flipping the script in this nail-biting entry. Stephen Lang (Avatar) is the blind old man targeted by a group of amateur thieves. Little do they know he's a murderously resourceful vet perfectly capable of trapping them inside his home, cutting off the lights and slaughtering them one by one. It's basically a gimmicky home invasion thriller, but Alvarez keeps the action quick, brutal and relentless. 88 minutes R.
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Yeah, Macaulay Culkin was cute once. In this childhood fave from 1990, he gets left behind over the Christmas holidays by his horribly negligent parents and must fight off a couple of bumbling burglars with cartoony violence. In real life this story would be way less funny. 103 minutes PG.
Tom Cruise's barely successful 2012 action flick (based on the crime series by Lee Child) gets a sequel. In it, Jason Bourne--sorry, Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. Cobie Smulders from "How I Met Your Mother" co-stars. 118 minutes PG-13.
What do you know: 1960's The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of 1954's Seven Samurai) gets a remake. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) is behind the camera. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio and Matt Bomer are among the cowboys, gunslingers and outlaws hired to defend a poor, Wild West village from an army of savage thieves. 132 minutes PG-13.
Tim Burton directs this fantasy-adventure based on the popular YA novel by Ransom Riggs (who basically took a bunch of weird Victorian photographs and made up stories about them). Eva Green stars as the titular Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of a well-hidden home for children with bizarre powers. Think Harry Potter crossed with the X-Men crossed with a whole lotta Tim Burton. Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett. Terence Stamp and Allison Janney round out the impressive cast. 127 minutes PG-13.
Chris Van Allsburg's gorgeous, award-winning children's book comes to life in a computer-animated fantasy directed by Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future). The simple story has a skeptical kid boarding a magical train to the North Pole and meeting Santa Claus. The "photo-realistic" CGI was faintly impressive from a technical perspective back in 2004, but is still flat-out creepy to watch. 100 minutes G.
From the makers of the Despicable Me films comes this manic, animated comedy about a New York City terrier named Max who regularly invites his animal friends to hang out at his place while their owners are away at work. Max's happy life is interrupted one day, though, when his owner adopts a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. The slim story is borrowed from any number of Warner Bros. cartoons in which evil dogcatchers chase innocent animals around the city. But the characters are funny and engaging. 90 minutes PG.
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From the studio that gave us The Lego Movie comes this CGI cartoon about storks--you know, the kind who deliver babies. Adam Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo are among the bird-based voice cast. 89 minutes PG.
Heroic airplane pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger gets the big screen treatment with no less than Tom Hanks taking on the lead role. Clint Eastwood directs (as always) in his clumsy-yet-competent manner. The film concentrates mostly on the aftermath of Sullenberger's crashlanding in the Hudson River. It's a likable celebration of humble heroism, but we're mostly in it for the crash. 95 minutes PG-13.