THE TOP 5
The top five movies at the North American box office:
Coco: Pixar’s latest — set partly in Mexico, partly in the afterlife — examines how destiny and family collide, as a 12-year-old boy tries to become a musician against the wishes of his kin. Heartfelt and beautiful, it’s paired with a so-so short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, designed to appease Frozen fans until the sequel lands next year.
Justice League: After the wonder that was Wonder Woman, this multi-player effort stumbles just at the moment it should soar. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and more gather to fight a bare-bones villain with plans to take over Earth. Rather dull, but on the plus side, a mere two hours long.
Wonder: Jacob Tremblay stars as Auggie, whose entry into the fifth grade is complicated by facial deformities that may cause him to be bullied. Stephen Chbosky adapts R.J. Palacio’s book and directs a story so pure of heart that you should consult a cardiologist if yours isn’t warmed.
Thor: Ragnarok: Somehow, the thunder god (Chris Hemsworth) is funnier than ever in the movie, even while being belittled and humiliated. He is transported to a planet of gladiatorial games and must escape with his new best friend, Hulk. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie adds some welcome female might.
Daddy’s Home 2: A dreadful sequel to a so-so Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy from 2015, this one adds dads and halves laughs. Say hello to Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the protagonists’ fathers, and bid farewell to an hour and 40 minutes. It just seems longer.
Julia Roberts stars in Wonder, a heartwarming family story which is still riding high at North American box offices.