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ALVIN AND THE CHIP­MUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP This is the fourth film in the cur­rent Alvin and the Chip­munks se­ries, af­ter the orig­i­nal, The Squeakquel, and Chip­wrecked. Ap­par­ently, the movies will live as long as there are bad puns for the ti­tles. In this one, the de­light­fully self­less Chip­munks try to pre­vent their friend Dave (Ja­son Lee) from get­ting mar­ried, out of fears that he’ll ditch them shortly af­ter. Rated PG. 86 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Dream-Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay’s movie is by turns funny, fright­en­ing, sus­pense­ful, in­for­ma­tive, and tragic. It looks at the 2008 near-col­lapse of the world fi­nan­cial sys­tem from the per­spec­tives of four an­a­lysts, or teams, who had the vi­sion to rec­og­nize what no­body else saw com­ing: the rot­ten­ness of the sys­tem, the worth­less­ness of the pack­aged mort­gages on which the econ­omy was glid­ing, and the in­evitable dev­as­tat­ing crash when the bub­ble burst. They bet against the econ­omy. They bet big. And they won. That McKay is able to ex­plain the fi­nan­cial col­lapse that cost so many peo­ple their homes and sav­ings, and make it en­ter­tain­ing, is a re­mark­able that achieve­­cludes Chris­tian There Bale,are ter­ri­ficRyan Gosling, per­for­mance­sand Steve from Carell.a cast And McKay leaves us with a warn­ing: It could hap­pen again. Opens Wed­nes­day, Dec. 23. Rated R. 130 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown.

(Jonathan Richards)

BOL­SHOI BAL­LET: THE NUTCRACKER The Bol­shoi Bal­let presents this ev­er­green work in a version chore­ographed by Yuri Grig­orovich with mu­sic by Tchaikovsky. Prin­ci­pal dancers Anna Nikulina and De­nis Rod­kin star as Marie and the Prince, backed by mem­bers of the il­lus­tri­ous Moscow com­pany in a pro­duc­tion filmed De­cem­ber 2014. 11:15 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 23. The Screen. (Not re­viewed)

DREAMS REWIRED Not rated. 88 min­utes. The Screen. See re­view, Page 44.

EV­ERY THING WILL BE FINE Glum writer To­mas (James Franco) and his girl­friend Sara (Rachel McA­dams) have reached an im­passe in their re­la­tion­ship, so To­mas re­treats to icy Que­bec to get some work done. Out in his car one day, he ac­ci­den­tally hits a to­bog­gan and kills a child, the son of Kate, a sin­gle mother (Char­lotte Gains­bourg, whose per­for­mance is a bright spot). For the rest of the film, he — and un­for­tu­nately the au­di­ence — must dully slog through his grief and guilt, mea­sur­ing the ef­fects of the accident on the course of his life in two and four-year in­cre­ments. Wim Wen­ders, who di­rected this in­ter­na­tional co-pro­duc­tion in in­con­gru­ous 3-D, has had some suc­cess in trans­lat­ing a cer­tain kind of still-wa­ters mas­culin­ity to the screen (think Harry Dean Stan­ton in Paris, Texas). But Franco’s To­mas is sim­ply shal­low and un­like­able as he’s writ­ten, and the ac­tor doesn’t possess the kind of depth that might ren­der his de­pres­sion sym­pa­thetic. What we end up with is a beau­ti­fully shot snoozer in which nearly ev­ery thing is very much less than fine. Not rated. 118 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema.

(Molly Boyle)

MAC­BETH Rated R. 113 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art. See re­view, Page 46.

SIS­TERS Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been comedic part­ners from their early days in Chicago’s Im­prov-Olympic in the 1990s through Satur­day Night Live in the 2000s and up to their re­cent run as co-hosts of the Golden Globe Awards. This film finds

them us­ing that chem­istry to play sis­ters who throw one last party at their par­ents’ house be­fore it is sold. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAK­ENS J.J. Abrams takes the helm for the highly an­tic­i­pated sev­enth in­stall­ment of Ge­orge Lu­cas’ mythic space opera, which re­unites fa­mil­iar faces as well as in­tro­duc­ing new char­ac­ters. The plot picks up 30 years af­ter the events of Star Wars Episode VI:

Re­turn of the Jedi (1983). Luke Sky­walker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Har­ri­son Ford), Princess Leia (Car­rie Fisher), Chew­bacca (Peter May­hew), and other char­ac­ters from the orig­i­nal Star

Wars join Finn (John Boyega), a Stormtrooper who changes his al­liance, Rey (Daisy Ri­d­ley), a scav­enger on the planet Jakku, and X-wing fighter pi­lot Poe Dameron (Os­car Isaac) in a fight against the First Or­der — Em­pire loy­al­ists who splin­tered off af­ter the crush­ing de­feat in Lu­cas’ orig­i­nal tril­ogy — for univer­sal dom­i­nance. Rated PG-13. 135 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

Money ballers: Steve Carell in The Big Short, open­ing Wed­nes­day, Dec. 23, at Vi­o­let Crown

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