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½ Aquaman — Ja­son Mamoa re­turns as the aquatic su­per­hero, bat­tling his brother for con­trol of At­lantis. With Am­ber Heard and Ni­cole Kid­man. 143 min. (PG-13) for se­quences of sci-fi vi­o­lence and ac­tion, and for some lan­guage. — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tri­bune Ben Is Back — A woman tries to keep her drug-ad­dicted son clean when he un­ex­pect­edly re­turns home for Christ­mas. With Ju­lia Roberts and Lu­cas Hedges. 103 min. (R) for lan­guage through­out and some drug use.

½ Bo­hemian Rhap­sody — Rami Malek (“Mr. Ro­bot”) plays Fred­die Mer­cury, the late lead singer of Bri­tish band Queen. 134 min. (PG) for the­matic el­e­ments, sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial, drug con­tent and lan­guage. — Katie Walsh, Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

½ Bumblebee — This pre­quel to the Trans­form­ers fran­chise finds the heroic Au­to­bot in 1987. With Hailee Ste­in­feld and John Cena. 113 min. (PG-13) for se­quences of sci-fi ac­tion vi­o­lence.

½ Creed II — Box­ing champ Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jor­dan) agrees to fight Vik­tor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, who killed Creed’s fa­ther, Apollo. Sylvester Stal­lone re­turns as Adonis’ coach. 130 min. (PG-13) for sports ac­tion vi­o­lence, lan­guage, and a scene of sen­su­al­ity. — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tri­bune

The Favourite — A close con­fi­dante of Queen Anne com­petes with her cousin for in­flu­ence and power. With Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. 119 min. (R) for strong sex­ual con­tent, nu­dity and lan­guage. Owen Gleiber­man, Va­ri­ety

½ Green Book — An AfricanAmer­i­can classical pi­anist (Os­car win­ner Ma­her­shala Ali) must hire a driver (Viggo Mortensen) to ac­com­pany him on a tour through the 1960s Amer­i­can South. 130 min. (PG-13) for the­matic con­tent, lan­guage in­clud­ing racial ep­i­thets, smok­ing, some vi­o­lence and sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial. — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tri­bune

½ The Grinch — Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch takes over the voice of the iconic Dr. Seuss char­ac­ter who sets out to ruin Christ­mas. With the voices of An­gela Lans­bury, Rashida Jones and Ke­nan Thomp­son. 90 min. (PG) for brief rude hu­mor. Holmes & Wat­son — De­tec­tive Sher- lock Holmes and Dr. John Wat­son have four days to solve a mur­der at Buck­ing­ham Palace. With John C. Reilly and Will Fer­rell. 89 min. (PG-13) for Crude sex­ual ma­te­rial, some vi­o­lence, lan­guage and drug ref­er­ences. In­stant Fam­ily — A cou­ple (Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne) adopt three chil­dren and strug­gle with in­stant par­ent­hood. 119 min. (PG-13) for the­matic el­e­ments, sex­ual ma­te­rial, lan­guage and some drug ref­er­ences.

½ Mary Pop­pins Re­turns — The mag­i­cal nanny re­unites with Michael and Jane Banks in 1930s Lon­don. With Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Mi­randa. 130 mins. (PG) for some mild the­matic el­e­ments and brief ac­tion.

½ Mary Queen of Scots — Chron­i­cles Mary Stu­art’s at­tempt to over­throw her cousin El­iz­a­beth I, Queen of Eng­land. With Saoirse Ro­nan and Mar­got Rob­bie. 124 min. (R) for strong sex­ual con­tent, nu­dity and vi­o­lence. Mor­tal En­gines — Peter Jack­son di­rects this fan­tasy about a young woman out to stop a gi­ant preda­tory city on wheels. With Hera Hil­mar and Hugo Weav­ing. 128 min. (PG-13) for se­quences of fu­tur­is­tic vi­o­lence and ac­tion.

½ The Mule — Clint East­wood stars in and di­rects this thriller about a World War II-vet­eran work­ing as an il­le­gal drug courier. With Bradley Cooper and Taissa Farmiga. 116 min. (R) for lan­guage through­out and brief sex­u­al­ity/nu­dity. —

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