Movie capsules for Dec. 8
C- A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
R; for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use. 104 minutes.
Somewhere inside this profanity-drenched and genitalia obsessed movie, there is actually a funny, sweet, holiday-themed comedy about moms and their mothers. Directed by Scott Moore and Jim Lucas; with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon and Wanda Sykes. - Michael Heaton
C+ THE BREADWINNER
PG-13; for animated depictions of violence and bloodshed, including beatings and a shooting, along with some mildly scary mythical creatures. 93 minutes.
Visually captivating, even when it's narratively uneven, the animated film "The Breadwinner" tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 invasion. Based on Canadian author Deborah Ellis' young-adult novel, the first in a best-selling series, the film comes from Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio that created the Oscar-nominated features "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea." - Washington Post
PG; for thematic elements. 109 minutes.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, "Coco" is a cultural fairy tale about families and the ties that hold them together beyond the grave. It employs the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday as it centerpieces. With the voices of Anthony Gonzalez ,Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, John Ratzenberger and Cheech Marin. - Michael Heaton
Unrated; contains strong language and violent animal behavior. 90 minutes.
A documentary of Jane Goodall by Brett Morgen. - Washington Post
B JUSTICE LEAGUE
PG-13; for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 121 minutes.
The "Justice League" movie has a powerful beginning. Life on Earth has deteriorated and hope has dimmed since Superman was believed killed in the "Batman v Superman" film. Batman (Ben Affleck) learns that Earth will soon be under attack by forces of evil from the horror world of Apokolips. Batman tracks down Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and persuades her to help him recruit a team of superheroes to fight the alien menace. - Michael Sangiacomo
B+ LADY BIRD
R; for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying. 93 minutes.
Director Greta Gerwig explores the everyday lives of regular people in the most regular places in the world. In this case, dreary middle-class Sacramento, California, shot in a flat documentary style to emphasize its ordinariness. With Saoirse Ronal and Laurie Metcalf. - Laura DeMarco
C+ LAST FLAG FLYING
R. 124 minutes.
A buddy movie, wrapped in a road-trip movie, inside an anti war movie. Larry (Steve Carell) is collecting his old pals from the Vietnam War (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) whom he hasn't seen in ages to accompany him to the funeral of his son, who died as a Marine in Iraq. Directed by Richard Linklater; with Cicely Tyson, Yul Vazquez and Samuel Davis. - Michael Heaton
B LOVING VINCENT
PG-13; for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking. 94 minutes.
Director Dorota Kobiels and Hugh Welchman made the world's first movie that is completely oil-painted that look at the enduring spirit and tragic life of one of the fathers of modern art, Vincent van Gogh. All 65,000 frames are painted by a team of 100 artists. With the voices of Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronan. - Laura DeMarco
B+ THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
R; for thematic elements and some mild language. 104 minutes.
In the 1840s, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) has become a wildly popular author and speaker, but his recent fortunes have sunk. His rooks aren't selling, his wife is redecorating their home, and a new baby is on the way. Dickens is out of ideas, until he overhears a housemaid telling his children a fairy tale that gives birth to a tale of three ghosts. With Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce. - Julie E. Washington
B+ MY FRIEND DAHMER
R; for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity. 107 minutes.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Shaker Heights author John "Derf" Backderf. Derf went to Revere High School in Richfield with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was arrested and sent to prison for killing 17 men and boys. The movie provides an eerie and chilling prequel for what would later become a true-life horror story. With Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff and Anne Heche. - Michael Heaton
C ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
PG; for mild language and violence. 129 minutes.
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Denzel Washington plays a savant lawyer who is more comfortable poring over law books than dealing with social situations. With Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Tony Plana. - Tribune News Service
A- THOR: RAGNAROK
PG-13; for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material. 130 minutes.
The third "Thor" movie successfully follows the Marvel Studios formula of action, humor, character development and more humor. This may be the best "Thor" movie yet, thanks largely to Chris Hemsworth and his co-stars Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Cate Blanchettt (Hela) and Jeff Goldblum who hammed up the role of a central villain, the Grandmaster. - Michael Sangiacomo
A THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
R; for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references. 115 minutes.
A dark comedy written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is unhappy with the lack of progress made by Ebbing Police Chief Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) in the investigation of her teenage daughter's raped and murder seven months earlier. With Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes. - Michael Heaton
PG; for thematic elements including bullying and some mild language. 113 minutes.
"Wonder" is THE children's book of the last decade. R.J. Palacio's 2012 tween novel is a powerful heartbreaking, inspiring tale of a young boy born with a horrible facial deformity about to go to school for the first time in fifth grade. With Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. - Laura DeMarco...Read more