Movies in theaters, 12/15/17


OPENING THIS WEEK

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Grade: B. Review page 23

“Darkest Hour”

Grade: B+. Review page 26

“Ferdinand”

Grade: C. Review page 27

NOW PLAYING

“American Made.” B-. R. 115 minutes. Tom Cruise stars in this true-life tale about pilot Bary Seal, whose smuggling operation with the CIA inadvertently spawns the creation of the Medellin cartel. Lake Creek.

“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. Gateway. Southpark.

“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. 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 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. Southpark. Stone Hill. 3D: Gateway.

“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. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Southpark. Stone Hill.

“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. Hill Country. Pflugerville 20. Southpark.

“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.

“Just Getting Started.” PG-13. 90 minutes. After an attempt on his life, a resort manager teams up with a former military man to take down a person from his past. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Pflugerville 20. Southpark.

“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. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” D. R. 141 minutes. In this sequel, the Kingsman spies, dealing with destroyed headquarters and a world held hostage, join forces with an allied spy organization in the U.S. that dates back to the day they were both founded. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“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. AFS Cinema. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Arbor. City Lights. 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.

“The Mountain Between Us.” C. PG-13. 110 minutes. Stranded on a remote snow-covered mountain after a plane crash, two strangers must bond to survive the elements. Lake Creek. 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. Alamo Lakeline. Cedar Park. City Lights. Flix. Gateway. Hill Country. iPic. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill.

“My Little Pony: The Movie.” C-. PG. 99 minutes. In this animated film, the Mane 6 meet new friends and take on exciting challenges when they go on a journey beyond Equestria. Lake Creek.

“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 South. 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. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Evo. Pflugerville 20. Southpark. Stone Hill.

“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. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate.

“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 Lakeline. Alamo South. Arbor. City Lights. Hill Country. Pflugerville 20. 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. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Slaughter. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Gateway. Hill Country. Lakeline. Moviehouse. Pflugerville 20. Southpark. Stone Hill. Westgate.

“Wonder Wheel.” D. PG-13. 101 minutes. In this Woody Allen film, a carousel operator and his wife are visited unexpectedly by their estranged daughter in 1950s New York. Arbor. Pflugerville 20. Violet Crown.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“Cats & Dogs.” The film about the eternal battle waged between cats and dogs, unbeknownst to their humans, 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.

“Machines.” One of the most visually beautiful films of the year is this documentary about Indian textile sweatshops. The movie will introduce the people — many of them kids — who work in the factories for long hours and little money, all while machinery turns out acres of vibrantly hued cloth. Plus, other AFS Cinema films throughout the week. 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $9-$11.25. 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org.

“Elf.” Austin Parks Foundation is screening the Will Ferrell film “Elf” as part of the organization’s regular Movies in the Park series. Although the movie starts at 8 p.m., arrive a little early with your blankets and maple syrup to enjoy the short film “Prep & Landing” beforehand. “Elf” is about Buddy the Elf, who travels to New York City from the North Pole to meet his dad. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. austintrailoflights.org.



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