A se­ri­ous turn

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Michael O’Sul­li­van

The hol­i­days just got real — but not in terms of Santa Claus. In a sea­son when cinemas are typ­i­cally laden with es­capist good­ies such as “Aqua­man,” “Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch” and “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns,” this year stands out for the way the cul­ture wars have in­vaded the sil­ver screen.

And the top­i­cal­ity feels, for bet­ter or worse, es­pe­cially ur­gent.

But why cel­e­brate the se­ri­ous over the silly? Be­cause the 10 movies listed on Page F3 grap­ple with race, war, power, pol­i­tics, gen­der and sex­u­al­ity in deeply emo­tional — and even en­ter­tain­ing — ways.

(Note: Open­ing dates and rat­ings are sub­ject to change.)

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