The rating system: ☆☆☆☆, excellent; ☆☆☆, good; ☆☆, so-so; ☆, poor; zero stars, terrible. Check movie times: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/
12 Strong: 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Rated R (action, drama, history). 130 minutes.
Call Me By Your Name: In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape. Rated R (drama, romance). 132 minutes.
Den of Thieves: A gritty crime saga that follows the lives of an elite unit of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank. Rated R (action, crime, drama). 140 minutes.
Forever My Girl: After being gone for a decade, a country star returns home to the love he left behind. Rated PG (drama, music, romance). 104 minutes.
Phantom Thread: Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Rated R (drama, romance). 130 minutes.
A Bad Moms Christmas (☆ 1/2 ): Part 2 of “Bad Moms” follows our three under-appreciated and overburdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. (Tribune News Service) Rated R (comedy). 117 minutes.
Blade Runner 2049 (☆☆☆): A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for 30 years. (Chicago Tribune) Rated R (suspense, thriller). 164 minutes.
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.
The Commuter (☆☆): A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (crime, drama, mystery). 104 minutes.
Daddy’s Home 2: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays. Rated PG-13 (comedy). 98 minutes.
Darkest Hour (☆☆☆ 1/2 ): During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs on newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds. (Seattle Times) Rated PG-13. 125 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.
Ferdinand (☆☆): After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG (adventure, comedy, family, animation). 106 minutes.
Geostorm: When the network of satellites designed to control global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Rated PG-13 (action, sci-fi, thriller). 109 minutes.
The Greatest Showman (☆ 1/2 ): Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG (biography, drama, musical). 105 minutes.
I, Tonya (☆☆☆): Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. (Chicago Tribune) Rated R (comedy, drama). 120 minutes.
Insidious: The Last Key: Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own home. Rated PG-13 (horror, mystery, thriller). 103 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.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (☆☆ 1/2 ): Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, comedy, family). 119 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.
Molly’s Game (☆☆ 1/2 ): With his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin sticks to what he knows, adapting Molly Bloom’s poker memoir into a fast-talking, free-wheeling vehicle for a powerhouse performance by Jessica Chastain, who holds the whole thing together. (Tribune News Service) Rated R (language, drug content, some violence). 140 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.
Only The Brave: A drama based on the elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. Rated PG-13 (drama). 134 minutes.
Paddington 2: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. Rated PG (animation, adventure, comedy). 103 minutes.
Pitch Perfect 3 (☆☆ 1/2 ): Following their win at the world championship, the now-separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group that uses both instruments and voices. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (comedy, music). 93 minutes.
The Post: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Rated PG-13 (biography, drama, history). 115 minutes.
Proud Mary: Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry. Rated R (action, thriller). 88 minutes.
The Shape of Water: In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature. Rated R (adventure, drama, fantasy). 123 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.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (☆☆ ☆1/2 ): 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. (The Seattle Times) Rated R (comedy, crime, drama). 115 minutes.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, fantasy). 152 minutes.
OPENING NEXT WEEK
Maze Runner: The Death Cure: Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare.” Rated PG-13 (action, sci-fi, thriller). 142 minutes.