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. —