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Better Watch Out

Christmas gets nasty in this bloody and brilliant horror comedy. Luke (Levi Miller, Pan) is a suburban 12-year-old alternately annoyed and titillated at the prospect of being left in the company of his attractive high school-aged baby sitter, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge, The Visit). But when Ashley's deranged ex-boyfriend shows up, Luke decides to give the guy a bit of the old Home Alone treatment. Only Luke's homemade booby traps prove to be much uglier in real life than the ones Macaulay Culkin cobbled together. Gory, raunchy, hilarious, filled with unexpected twists and perfectly inappropriate for the holiday season, this is a must-see for those who detest Christmas cheer. 85 minutes R. (Opens Friday 12/15)
Guild Cinema

Hedy Lamarr

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Filmmaker Alexandra Dean (The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale) explores the life of the actress once dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world." Though she was famous for her looks, Lamarr had a highly scientific brain and famously helped invent a "frequency hopping" radio control system for torpedoes. The documentary covers Lamarr's dramatic years in and out of Hollywood with a special attention on her secret penchant for inventing. FULL REVIEW: Hollywood documentary embraces beauty and brains by Devin D. O’Leary (12/14/2017). 90 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/15)
Guild Cinema

Dolores

Dolores Huerta—who co-founded the first farm workers union with César Chavez—is considered one of the most important, yet least recognized, activists in American history. This documentary sets out to right that wrong, explaining her contributions to racial and social justice—a fight that continues to this day for the 87-year-old. 95 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 12/16)
Guild Cinema

Ferdinand

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. (Opens Thursday 12/14)
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Ferdinand 3D

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Head

Manufactured pop icons The Monkees broke out of their wacky TV show personas with this psychedelic 1968 movie directed by Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, The Postman Always Rings Twice) and co-written by his pal Jack Nicholson. It's a trippy, plotless collection of sketches, music videos, montages and the like, but it's developed quite a following over the years. 86 minutes G. (Opens Wednesday 12/20)
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and a very young Natalie Wood star in this seasonal classic in which a department store Santa goes to court to prove he's the real deal. Always a heart-tugger. 96 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/15)
Movies 8

The Paris Opera

The titular French institution is the subject of this chaotic, cinema vérité documentary. We get a new artistic director, a potential strike, a fleeing choreographer and a live bull—all contributing to the colorful backstage atmosphere. 110 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 12/15)
Guild Cinema

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Writer-director Rian Johnson (of cult hits Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper) takes over the reins for this follow-up to J.J. Abrams' energized 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now that the setup is out of the way, "Force sensitive" young warrior Rey (Daisy Ridley) has hunted down Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and is looking for a little training. But is the now-cynical Jedi willing to accept a disciple? And will Rey stick around or run off just like Luke did, looking for revenge against emotionally unstable villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? 152 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 12/14)
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3D

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Despicable Me 3

Poor, misunderstood mad scientist Gru (Steve Carell) tried to go legit in the last Despicable Me movie, but this newest animated outing finds him fired from his job as a superspy. A timely reunion with his long-lost (and incredibly successful) twin brother has him plotting one last villainous heist (with the help of his minions, of course). 90 minutes PG.
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The Foreigner

It's becoming an increasingly common cliché in Hollywood to give aging actors their "Liam Neeson in Taken" comeback. Nonetheless, watching martial arts superstar Jackie Chan do the "retired special agent hunts down the kidnappers/killers of his daughter" thing doesn't sound that bad. This tightly budgeted thriller actually spends more time with Pierce Brosnan as a Northern Irish politician trying to quell sectarian violence—but the mix of action and politics ends up working. 114 minutes R.
Movies 8

Geostorm

Bombastic writer-producer Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla) turns writer-director so he can mash up the last 15 years' worth of disaster flicks into one overstuffed apocalypse. Seems that, in the near future, mankind has developed a series of satellites that can control the weather. But when the tech gets hacked (unleashing tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, you name it), it's up to super-genius Gerard Butler to save the Earth. Don't think: Just unhinge your jaw and watch cities go ka-blooey! 109 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

Happy Death Day

This cheap but clever horror flick from Christopher Landon (Scout's Guide to the Apocalypse, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) mixes the 1981 slasher Happy Birthday to Me with the 1993 fantasy Groundhog Day. Seems a young college student (Jessica Rothe from "Mary + Jane") spends her birthday being brutally murdered—only to wake up that morning and repeat the whole thing. If only she could puzzle out the identity of her killer, she might be able to stop it from happening over and over again. 96 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

It

Half of Steven King's horror classic (the young kid parts) gets adapted in this feature film reboot. Bill Skarsgard ("Hemlock Grove") takes over from Tim Curry as the demonic clown luring kids into the sewers of a small New England town. Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs with skill and some old-fashioned scares. If this one does well—unlike The Dark Tower—we'll get the second half. 135 minutes R.
Movies 8

Jigsaw

You can argue all you want over whom the most indestructible movie boogieman is: Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. Just keep in mind that John Kramer (a.k.a. Jigsaw) croaked three films into his eponymous slasher series. And yet he's managed to rack up an impressive postmortem kill count in four additional films. Now there's a fifth. It's been 10 years since Jigsaw died, and police are looking into a killer using suspiciously similar Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions to murder people. 91 minutes R.
Movies 8

Marshall

Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up, Captain America: Civil War) stars in this biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Traveling back to 1941, this one recounts young Thurgood's work on Connecticut v. Joseph Spell—a case in which a black chauffeur was accused of the rape and attempted murder of his employer's wife. Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Ladies Man) directs. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell round out the cast. 118 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as mismatched strangers who survive a plane crash and must form a connection to survive an extreme trek over a remote, snow-covered mountain. This mainstream romantic adventure comes to us from Israel-born director Hany Abu-Assad, who previously gave us such foreign hits as Paradise Now, Omar and The Idol. Based on the best-selling novel by Charles Martin. 103 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Tyler Perry straps on a dress again to play the scrappy granny Madea, who travels to a campground with some gal-pals where they are forced to fend off the advances of various monsters, goblins and boogeymen. 101 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

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