Movies in theaters, 12/22/17


OPENING THIS WEEK

“Pitch Perfect 3”

Grade: B+. Review page 27

“Call Me by Your Name”

Grade: A-. Review page 26

“Downsizing”

Grade: C+. Review page 28

“Father Figures”

Grade: F. Review page 29

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Grade: B-. Review page 30

“The Greatest Showman”

Grade: D+. Review page 30

NOW PLAYING

“A Bad Moms Christmas.” D+. R. 104 minutes. The sequel follows the three overworked moms of the original film as they rebel against the biggest parental challenge of the year — Christmas. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.” PG-13. 101 minutes. Madea and the gang return for this hilarious sequel set in a haunted campground, from which Madea, Bam and Hattie must literally run for the lives after monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. Pflugerville 20. Movies 8.

“Coco.” A-. PG. 109 minutes. This animated Disney movie follows the 12-year-old Miguel, an aspiring musician who sets off a chain of events that lead to an extraordinary family reunion and a race against time. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo Village. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate.

“Daddy’s Home 2.” C+. PG-13. 100 minutes. In this sequel, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s respective fathers show up to turn Christmas festivities upside down. Metropolitan. Southpark.

“Darkest Hour.” B+. PG-13. 125 minutes. This thrilling true story starts at the precipice of World War II, when the new Prime Minster of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, must fight for the freedom of his nation against the Nazis. Alamo Mueller. Arbor. Pflugerville 20. Violet Crown.

“The Disaster Artist.” B. R. 103 minutes. Directed by and starring the Franco brothers, the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s widely panned “The Room.” Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Ritz. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo South. Arbor.

“Ferdinand.” C. PG. 106 minutes. In this animated adaptation of a classic children’s book, a giant but gentle bull seeks freedom from his captors with the help of a wisecracking goat and a trio of hedgehogs. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Slaughter. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate. 3D: Hill Country. Round Rock.

“The Foreigner.” C. R. 114 minutes. Jackie Chan plays a London businessman whose long-buried past comes back to haunt him when his teenage daughter is taken senselessly from him. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“It.” B-. R. 136 minutes. In this film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, children living in a Maine town join forces to fight an ancient, deadly clown named Pennywise. Lake Creek.

“Justice League.” C. PG-13. 120 minutes. Batman and Wonder Woman recruit Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to help them save the planet from an alien conqueror. Cedar Park. Pflugerville 20. Southpark.

“Lady Bird.” A-. R. 93 minutes. Saoirse Ronan plays a headstrong teenager who constantly fights but is just like her wildly loving and strong-willed mom, a nurse who works on end to provide for her family. Alamo Ritz. Alamo South. Arbor. Violet Crown.

“The Lego Ninjago Movie.” C+. PG. 101 minutes. Jackie Chan voices Master Wu, the wise-cracking leader of a secret team of ninja warriors who aim to bring down an evil warlord. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Marshall.” C. PG-13. 118 minutes. The real-life lawyer Thurgood Marshall must defend a black chauffeur accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to murder his white socialite employer, but Marshall faces a segregationist court and must team up with a courageous Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Movies 8.

“Murder on the Orient Express.” B-. PG-13. 114 minutes. Agatha Christie’s protagonist detective is on a race against time to solve a murder while he and a dozen other passengers take a lavish train ride. Arbor. Gateway. Westgate.

“The Shape of Water.” A-. R. 123 minutes. The mute and lonely Elisa works at a hidden high-security government laboratory, where her life forever changes after the discovery of a classified experiment. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Arbor. Hill Country. Violet Crown.

“The Star.” PG. 86 minutes. A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the accidental heroes of the very first Christmas. Gateway. Hill Country. Lake Creek. Movies 8. Pflugerville 20.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” B. PG-13. 152 minutes. The saga continues with Luke Skywalker facing a crucial choice when his solitary existence is interrupted by the arrival of Rey, who shows strong signs of the Force. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. iPic. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate. 3D: Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. iPic. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate. IMAX: Barton Creek. Bullock.

“Thor: Ragnarok.” A-. PG-13. 130 minutes. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the mighty Thor, who must fight for his survival when he finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Gateway. Pflugerville 20. Stone Hill.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” A-. R. 115 minutes. A mother takes matters into her own hands when her daughter’s murder goes unsolved. Alamo Mueller. Arbor. City Lights. Violet Crown.

“Wonder.” B. PG. 113 minutes. A homeschooled boy with facial differences enters fifth grade in a mainstream school and must overcome difficulties to make friends in this film based on the best-selling book. Cedar Park. Gateway. Hill Country. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“Flubber.” The film starring Robin Williams as a professor experimenting with new kinds of energy, including a lively, rubber-like substance, is screening as part of Ski Shores’ weekly Friday Family Movie Nights series. Each night will have complimentary s’mores by the fire for kids. Each of the films start at dusk. 5 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 29. Free. 2905 Pearce Road. skishoresaustin.com.

“Christmas in Connecticut.” Barbara Stanwyck plays a nationally beloved newspaper columnist whose public image is very different from that of her actual private life. Instead of being a perfect suburban wife and mother, she is actually a single workaholic with a New York City apartment who must now scheme to find a home to host a returning war hero. Plus, other AFS Cinema films throughout the week. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $9-$11.25. 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org.

“Elf.” The charming Christmas movie stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf who journeys from the North Pole and through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops to find his birth father in New York City. The Alamo Drafthouse’s “Elf” movie party will feature all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film and a real snowball fight in the theater, among other activities. 4 p.m Dec. 22 and additional dates and times through Dec. 25. $16.64. The Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.



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