Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FILM: What's opening in movie theaters just in time for Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 12:42 PM

click to enlarge Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Just about everyone who went to the movies last weekend saw the new Star Wars movie. No surprise there. Boasting the second largest opening weekend ever (behind only — you guessed it — The Force Awakens), it'll certainly take the No. 1 spot again this week, but a slew of high-profile releases are hitting theaters in the next few days to jockey for second place behind The Last Jedi.

Here are your non-Star Wars movie options.

Opening today

A lavish, Moulin Rouge-y musical fantasy inspired by the life and career of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the circus empresario who created modern showbiz as we know it. The splashy songs are co-written by Oscar-winning La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Rated PG.

The magical board game from that 1995 Robin Williams movie returns to the big screen, this time in the guise of an old gaming console that pulls some high schoolers into its perilous world. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black star as the kids’ in-game avatars. Rated PG-13.

Opening Friday

click to enlarge Pitch Perfect 3
Pitch Perfect 3

Gary Oldman is unrecognizable under pounds of makeup and prosthetics as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who’s settling into his first term right as Hitler’s power intensifies. If Oldman doesn’t take home the Oscar for this one, it won’t have been for lack of trying. Rated PG-13.

DOWNSIZING (3 stars)
In director Alexander Payne’s imaginative satire, a drab middle-class couple (Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig) sign up for a procedure that shrinks you down to just a few inches, hoping it’ll make the world a better place. Our critic Eric D. Snider says it works as social commentary, broad comedy and as a thought experiment about our place in the universe. Rated R.

Twin brothers Owen Wilson and Ed Helms embark on a roadtrip to find their biological dad, only to discover there are more viable candidates than they thought. Glenn Close, J.K. Simmons, Ving Rhames and Christopher Walken are all cashing quick paychecks in supporting roles. Rated R.

The splintered Bellas a cappella troupe reunite for one last gig during a haphazard USO tour in this third (and supposedly final) installment of the hit musical-comedy series. Expect complex vocal harmonies and, uh, explosions. Rated PG-13.

A sequel to the hugely successful Bollywood thriller Ek Tha Tiger, with Salman Khan reprising his role as an Indian superspy emerging from professional exile to take on a powerful terrorist organization. Not Rated.

Opening on Christmas

click to enlarge All the Money in the World
All the Money in the World


The 1973 kidnapping of oil fortune heir Jean Paul Getty III is dramatized in Ridley Scott’s dark thriller, as the teenager’s mother (Michelle Williams) tries to convince her miserly father-in-law (Christopher Plummer, a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey) to cough up the ransom money. Rated R.

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Nathan Weinbender

Nathan Weinbender is the Inlander's Music & Film editor. He is also a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, where he has co-hosted the weekly film review show Movies 101 since 2011.