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ANYONE BUT YOU Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell star in this comedy about a pair of young adults who have a great first date and then quickly see their relationship go south. When they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia, they decide to pretend to be a couple. R (for language throughout, sexual content and brief graphic nudity). 100 mins. In wide release.
AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM As he works to plan his wedding, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) forms an unlikely alliance with his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) while contending with the threat of Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Also starring Ben Affleck and Nicole Kidman. PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and some language). 124 mins. In wide release.
DUNKI Four friends from a village in Punjab set out to fulfill their dream of traveling to England in this Indian comedy-drama from director Rajkumar Hirani. In Hindi with subtitles. Not rated. 160 mins. In wide release.
(B+) THE IRON CLAW This gritty sports drama tells the real-life story of the Von Erich brothers, who started their pro wrestling careers in North Texas and made a name for themselves in the early 1980s. Writer-director Sean Durkin crafts a heartfelt story about a family struggling to uphold its legacy amid unspeakable tragedies, and the wrestling scenes and re-creation of Dallas’ Sportatorium venue are well-done. Starring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Stanley Simons and Holt McCallany. R (for language, suicide, some sexuality and drug use). 132 mins. Read the full review here.
(B-) MIGRATION In this animated adventure comedy, ducklings try to persuade their overprotective father to take them to Jamaica on the vacation of a lifetime. Migration is vividly animated, with warm cartoon tones that would do Daffy proud. But it never quite spreads its wings. Stories of overly cautious moms or dads turned adventurers are not exactly fresh material, even if it is atypical that a helicopter parent can actually fly. Featuring the voices of Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Keegan- Michael Key, David Mitchell, Carol Kane, Caspar Jennings, Tresi Gazal and Danny DeVito. PG (for action/peril and mild rude humor). 92 mins. In wide release.
SALAAR: PART 1 — CEASEFIRE In this action drama from India, a gang leader seeks to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend by taking on other criminal gangs. In Telugu with subtitles. Not rated. 172 mins. In wide release.
(A-) SOCIETY OF THE SNOW The 1972 disaster in which Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 went down in a remote part of the Andes has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries and two dramatic features, including the 1993 Hollywood film Alive. Director J.A. Bayona reclaims the real-life tragedy and story of human resilience — and, yes, cannibalism — with authenticity and chilling realism in this overlong but affecting survival thriller. In Spanish with subtitles. R (for violent/disturbing material and brief graphic nudity). 144 mins. At the Landmark Inwood.
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THE BOYS IN THE BOAT George Clooney directs this drama about the University of Washington rowing team, which overcame big odds to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Starring Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner and Peter Guinness.
THE COLOR PURPLE A woman (Fantasia Barrino) faces many hardships but ultimately finds strength in the bonds of sisterhood. Also starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey and Ciara.
FERRARI With his auto empire on shaky ground, racer-turned-entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari (Adam Driver) pushes himself and his drivers to the edge in the 1957 Mille Miglia, a grueling 1,000-mile race across Italy. Also starring Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Patrick Dempsey and Jack O’Connell.
ANIMAL Ranbir Kapoor stars as a man willing to employ violence to protect his father in this action thriller from India. In Hindi with subtitles. Not rated. 202 mins.
(A) THE BOY AND THE HERON In this exquisite animated tale from Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), a young boy ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. Even by Miyazaki’s own high standards, the film looks astonishing; virtually every impeccably framed composition could be a distinct work of art. The Boy and the Heron will probably prove more challenging for children than the majority of the director’s output, but the generations who grew up with his animated tales will find it loaded with meaning. Featuring the voices of Luca Padovan, Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan and Willem Dafoe. PG-13 (for some violent content/bloody images and smoking). 124 mins.
(C) FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S Video game creator Scott Cawthon’s Chuck E. Cheese-inspired phenomenon takes place at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where threatening animatronic creatures run the place at night. Players take the role of night security guard Mike, trying to stay alive. This movie version of the game, starring Josh Hutcherson, is indecisive about its intentions. To earn a PG-13 rating, the filmmakers leaned away from carnage and toward new material devoted to Mike’s horrific childhood and his attempts to retain custody of his younger sister (Piper Rubio). The film attempts to be a cuddly version of Saw, with faces getting sliced open but the camera cutting away just before impact. The premise would’ve made more sense as an R-rated splatterfest. PG-13 (for strong violent content, bloody images and language). 110 mins.
(A-) GODZILLA MINUS ONE With an emotionally engaging storyline and plenty of city-stomping action, this live-action B-movie monster reboot from Japan marks a high point in the long-running Godzilla series. Despite a few lapses into lumpy melodrama, Takashi Yamazaki’s thoughtful script holds firm and is dotted with delightful humor at just the right moments. In Japanese with subtitles. PG-13 (for creature violence and action). 125 mins.
(A) THE HOLDOVERS Alexander Payne’s misfit holiday movie, set in 1970, centers on a trio of stragglers who form an unlikely bond over Christmas break at a Massachusetts boarding school. Teacher Mr. Hunham (Paul Giamatti), troublesome student Angus Tully (Dominic Sessa) and cafeteria manager Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) embark on a surprising emotional journey, but this isn’t just a story of found family that stays together — it’s a snapshot of a moment in time. The Holdovers is an instant addition to the holiday movie canon. R (for language, some drug use and brief sexual material). 133 mins.
(C-) THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES In this dour prequel set six decades before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a Hunger Games tribute, Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) mentors a young tribute (a feisty and appealing Rachel Zegler) from the impoverished District 12. It’s hard to build much intrigue into whether a love-struck teen with a seemingly firm moral compass will betray those who trust him and cross over to the dark side when his name is Coriolanus Snow and we know from four previous films that he will grow up to be an evil overlord. Also starring Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer and Jason Schwartzman. PG-13 (for strong violent content and disturbing material). 157 mins.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM This live-action musical adventure weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith and new pop songs in a retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. PG (for thematic elements). 98 mins.
(C) THE MARVELS The stakes feel immensely low in The Marvels, and it’s possible that somewhere along the way, Marvel movies just stopped feeling like events. This galactic trifle from director Nia DaCosta does not seem to be the one to make them feel must-see again. Iman Vellani (as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan) gets her big moment and nails it, as does Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau). The female-led cast also includes new villain Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) and returning hero Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). DaCosta, working with Marvel for the first time, keeps the energy up and the story moving at a quick clip, but the movie teases danger while never feeling like anyone is in peril. Vellani is the real standout, a refreshingly human presence. PG-13 (for action/violence and brief language). 105 mins.
(B) NAPOLEON Joaquin Phoenix stars in director Ridley Scott’s rivetingly off-kilter epic about the rise and fall of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. It’s a sweeping historical tapestry with a damning, almost satirical portrait of its subject, who is portrayed as a boyishly impulsive, thin-skinned brute. Also starring Vanessa Kirby, Rupert Everett and Ludivine Sagnier. R (for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and brief language). 158 mins.
(A) POOR THINGS After being brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist (Willem Dafoe), a young woman (Emma Stone) runs off with a debauched lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) in an odyssey of self-discovery and sexual liberation. Stone delivers an astonishing performance and is perhaps the only actress who could convincingly convey such simultaneous expressions of sincerity, absurdity, intelligence, libidinousness and humor in director Yorgos Lanthimos’ strange masterpiece. R (for strong and pervasive sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing material, gore and language). 141 mins.
(B-) RADICAL Inspired by a 2013 Wired magazine article, this classroom drama finds a glimmer of optimism by looking to our children. Written and directed by Christopher Zalla, the film is set in Matamoros, Mexico, where gangs have left a trail of blood around every corner. In this volatile environment, Sergio (Eugenio Derbez) is hired to teach at a primary school, where he does something unorthodox: He lets students tell him what they want to learn. His methods take a bit to work, but when they click, a whole new future appears possible. In Spanish with subtitles. PG-13 (for some strong violent content, thematic material and strong language). 125 mins.
RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ This concert film captures the experience of pop superstar Beyoncé’s 2023 world tour. Not rated. 168 mins.
(B-) SALTBURN A student (Barry Keoghan) at Oxford University is invited to spend the summer at a classmate’s sprawling estate in this fun but derivative take on class envy. Director Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) lifts liberally from The Talented Mr. Ripley in this revenge thriller that’s all surface cleverness, with nothing terribly insightful to say. Still, it’s often wickedly funny and wildly enjoyable. Also starring Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant. R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, some disturbing violent content and drug use). 127 mins.
THE SHIFT After an encounter with a mysterious stranger (Neal McDonough) disrupts his reality, a man (Kristoffer Polaha) embarks on a journey through a dystopian world to reunite with his wife (Elizabeth Tabish). PG-13 (for violence and thematic elements). 115 mins.
(B) SILENT NIGHT A tormented father (Joel Kinnaman) sets out for vengeance against the criminals who killed his young son in this thriller from director John Woo. It’s to Woo’s and screenwriter Robert Lynn’s credit — as well the fiercely commanding, intensely physical performance by Kinnaman — that the film’s lack of dialogue proves not a gimmick but an asset. R (for strong bloody violence, drug use and some language). 104 mins.
(B) TAYLOR SWIFT: THE ERAS TOUR Expect fans to be out in force for the movie version of Taylor Swift’s hugely popular Eras Tour. To fully appreciate the film, an intimate yet spectacular documentary of Swift’s record-breaking, career-spanning victory lap of the past year, it’s best simply to surrender to the whole thing: the sparkly cowboy hats, the boots, the friendship bracelets and the screaming (there will be a lot of screaming). Filmed during Swift’s engagement at SoFi Stadium outside Los Angeles, the movie opens with a brief drone shot of the arena then zooms down to the stage, where dancers appear waving giant wings — a dazzling segue into Swift’s arrival in a crystal-encrusted body suit and matching boots. With its elaborate sets, special effects and props, the concert unfolds in chapters as Swift builds the show to a gratifying, even cathartic, climax, backloading it with her most triumphant albums, including Red, 1989, Folklore and the recent Midnights. Not rated. 168 mins.
(C) THANKSGIVING A killer terrorizes Plymouth, Mass., in this gory slasher romp from director Eli Roth. The script is underbaked, the movement from scene to scene hardly makes sense, and the story feels dated (the idea for the film began as a joke trailer for the 2007 Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse). Starring Nell Verlaque, Addison Rae, Rick Hoffman, Gina Gershon and Patrick Dempsey. R (for strong bloody horror violence and gore, pervasive language and some sexual material). 107 mins.
(B) TROLLS BAND TOGETHER In this fun and trippy animated sequel, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) discovers that Branch (Justin Timberlake) has a secret past: He was once in a boy band with his brothers. When one of the brothers is kidnapped, they go into hero mode. Filled with one-liners and aphorisms, the movie embraces its own silliness. Also featuring the voices of Camila Cabello, Eric André, Amy Schumer and Andrew Rannells. PG (for some mild rude and suggestive humor). 92 mins.
12.12: THE DAY This political drama is based on the 1979 assassination of South Korean President Park Chung Hee, a controversial figure who seized power in a military coup in 1961 before being elected to office two years later. Not rated. 141 mins.
(C) WISH In this animated musical comedy, a teen girl (voiced by Ariana DeBose) challenges an authoritarian wizard (voiced by Chris Pine) who has been hoarding his constituent’s wishes in his castle tower. Disney’s self-mythologizing film represents an awkward marriage between old and new ways: Him, a symbol of authority and empire; her, a sense of revolution and community. The film is weighed down by its attempts to revel in Disney nostalgia while soaring into the future. PG (for thematic elements and mild action). 92 mins.
(B) WONKA Timothée Chalamet stars in this origin story of Willy Wonka, the eccentric chocolatier at the center of Roald Dahl’s iconic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a fun, old-fashioned film that sands off all the rough and dark edges of Wonka’s character in what may be the squarest large-scale Hollywood musical in decades. Also starring Hugh Grant, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson and Olivia Colman. PG (for some violence, mild language and thematic elements). 116 mins.
Compiled from staff and wire reports
Movies in North Texas theaters on Dec. 22 and coming soon
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