The rating system: ☆☆☆☆, excellent; ☆☆☆, good; ☆☆, so-so; ☆, poor; zero stars, terrible. Check movie times: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/
Coco (☆☆☆☆): Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG (animation, adventure, comedy, musical, family). 109 minutes.
Roman J. Israel, ESQ. (☆☆): Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (crime, drama). 129 minutes.
The Man Who Invented Christmas: The journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and other classic characters from “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) conjured up a timeless tale. Rated PG (comedy, drama). 104 minutes.
American Assassin (☆☆☆): A young CIA recruit named Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) trains to become a black-ops counterterrorism agent under the tutelage of Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), a fearsome warrior and legend within the agency. (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) Rated R (strong violence, language, brief nudity). 111 minutes.
A Bad Moms Christmas (☆ 1/2 ): Part 2 of “Bad Moms” follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. (Tribune News Service) Rated R (comedy). 117 minutes.
Daddy’s Home 2: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays. Rated PG-13 (comedy). 98 minutes.
Despicable Me 3 (☆ 1/2 ): Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother, Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. As a couple of hours of kidtertainment, you could do worse. (Tribune News Services) Rated PG (animation, action, rude humor). 90 minutes.
The Emoji Movie (☆): Gene, a multiexpressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. “The movie isn’t terrible, it isn’t offensive or outright bad.” (Common Sense Media) Rated PG (animation, adventure, comedy). 86 minutes.
It (☆☆☆): Children in a Maine town band together to fight an ancient, murderous clown named Pennywise. “It’ is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, often more than it’s terrifying.” (Tribune News Service) Rated R (horror, bloody images, language). 135 minutes.
Jigsaw: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for 10 years. Rated R (crime, horror, thriller). 91 minutes.
Justice League (☆ 1/2 ): Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Batman and his new ally Wonder Woman recruit Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to help them save the planet from a newly awakened enemy. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy). 119 minutes.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (☆): When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. (Tribune News Service) Rated R (action, adventure, comedy). 141 minutes.
Lady Bird (☆☆☆☆): Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against it but she is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) Rated R (comedy). 93 minutes.
Leap (☆☆): In 19th century France, a young orphan named Félicie (voice of Elle Fanning) dreams of becoming a ballerina. She and her best friend Victor (voice of Dane DeHaan) soon run away to Paris, where she enrolls in a prestigious dance school and competes for a chance to be a prima ballerina. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG (action, adventure, animated). 89 minutes.
The Lego Ninjago Movie (☆☆ 1/2 ): Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG (animation, action, adventure). 90 minutes.
The Mountain Between Us (☆☆ 1/2 ): Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. (The Seattle Times) Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, romance, thriller). 103 minutes.
Murder on the Orient Express (☆☆): Agatha Christie’s 1934 mystery novel was memorably adapted to film in 1974, with Albert Finney playing the fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Now, Sir Kenneth Branagh slips into Poirot’s signature splendid mustache in a star-studded, big-budget remake, which Branagh also directed. (Chicago Tribune) Rated PG (drama, suspense, thriller). 127 minutes.
A Question of Faith: When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God's love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs. Rated PG (drama). 104 minutes.
The Star: A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Rated PG (animated, comedy). 86 minutes.
Thor: Ragnarok (☆☆☆): Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. (Chicago Tribune) Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, comedy). 130 minutes.
Wonder (☆☆☆): Based on the New York Times bestseller, this is the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG (drama). 113 minutes.
OPENING NEXT WEEK
He’s Out There: On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit. Rated R (comedy, crime, drama). 115 minutes.