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ANATOMY OF A FALL

For the past year, Sandra, her husband, Samuel, and their 11-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigat­ion into the circumstan­ces of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychologi­cal journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationsh­ip. “Anatomy of a Fall ... is the kind of craftily constructe­d, skillfully executed movie designed to mainline straight into sophistica­ted pleasure centers.” (The Washington Post) Crime/drama, rated R, 151 minutes, Violet Crown

THE BOY AND THE HERON

Twelve-year-old Mahito struggles to settle in a new town after his mother’s death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world. A semi-autobiogra­phical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. “This is not a happy-go-lucky story, but an old-school fairy tale meant to frighten, confuse, and excite. It’s the good kind of scary: the kind that helps prepare children for the terrors of the real world.” (The Washington Post) Fantasy/adventure, rated PG-13, 124 minutes, Violet Crown

GODZILLA MINUS ONE

Postwar Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptized in the horrific power of the atomic bomb. “Godzilla Minus One offers an alternativ­e to shared universe syndrome. It’s an artfully made throwback to kaiju classics and likely the first Godzilla movie that dares to make you cry. See it on the biggest screen possible.” (Rolling Stone) Adventure, rated PG-13, 125 minutes, Dreamcatch­er 10, Violet Crown

THE HOLDOVERS

A curmudgeon­ly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school remains on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. He soon forms an unlikely bond with a brainy but damaged troublemak­er, and with the school’s head cook, a woman who just lost a son in the Vietnam War. “This is [director Alexander] Payne’s first movie set in any kind of past … But it doesn’t feel stuck there.” (New York Times) Comedy/drama, rated R, 133 minutes, Violet Crown

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES

Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approachin­g, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) from District 12. Uniting their instincts for showmanshi­p and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who’s a songbird and who’s a snake. “Feels like a natural extension of the saga, balancing bloodsport, endangered young love and a heightened level of political commentary that respects the intelligen­ce of young audiences as only Collins can.” (Variety) Action/adventure, rated PG-13, 158 minutes, Dreamcatch­er 10, Violet Crown

OPPENHEIME­R

Christophe­r Nolan’s biographic­al feature film about American scientist J. Robert Oppenheime­r (Cillian Murphy) and his role in the developmen­t of the atomic bomb. With Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Florence Pugh. “Murphy embodies Oppenheime­r so naturally that you may start thinking you’re watching documentar­y footage of the real thing. The film humanizes Oppenheime­r. … Murphy’s perfect portrayal leaves us with an image of a brilliant mind put to work to kill a nation, a people, and maybe the entire world. There’s a price to pay for that kind of knowledge.” (Robert Nott/the New Mexican) Drama, rated R, 180 minutes, Violet Crown

PRISCILLA

When teenager Priscilla Beaulieu (Cailee Spaeny) meets Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi) at a party, the man who’s already a meteoric rock ‘n’ roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, and a gentle best friend. Directed by Sofia Coppola. “Priscilla is neither lurid nor sugar coated. It’s a sensitive, if slight, look at a young woman rousing from a dream and confrontin­g waking life.” (Vanity Fair) Drama/romance, rated R, 110 minutes, Dreamcatch­er 10

TROLLS BAND TOGETHER

Poppy (Anna Kendrick) discovers that Branch (Justin Timberlake) and his four brothers were once part of her favorite boy band. When one of his siblings, Floyd, gets kidnapped by a pair of nefarious villains, Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop culture obscurity. Comedy, rated PG, Dreamcatch­er 10, Regal Santa Fe Place 6

WISH

Young Asha (voice of Ariana Debose) makes a wish so powerful that it’s answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy called Star. With Star’s help, Asha must save her kingdom from King Magnifico (Chris Pine) and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. Musical/fantasy, rated PG, 95 minutes, Dreamcatch­er 10

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