MOVIE GUIDE

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“Anna and the Apoca­lypse” – Zom­bies threaten to ruin a quiet town’s Christ­mas in this mu­si­cal com­edy. With Ella Hunt, Mal­colm Cum­ming. Writ­ten by Ryan McHenry, Alan McDon­ald. Di­rected by John McPhail. (1:37) R. “The Possession of Hannah Grace” – A morgue at­ten­dant fears a newly de­liv­ered, dis­fig­ured corpse is pos­sessed by a de­mon. With Stana Katic, Shay Mitchell. Writ­ten by Brian Sieve. Di­rected by Diederik Van Rooi­jen. (1:25) R. ALSO SHOW­ING “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Rami Malek stars as Fred­die Mer­cury, the late lead singer of the Bri­tish rock band Queen. With Lucy Boyn­ton, Ben Hardy, Ai­dan Gillen. Writ­ten by An­thony McCarten; story by Peter Mor­gan, An­thony McCarten. Di­rected by Bryan Singer. (2:24) PG-13. “Creed II” – Son of Apollo, stu­dent of Rocky Bal­boa, Ado­nis Creed climbs back into the ring to face an op­po­nent con­nected to his fam­ily’s past. With Michael B. Jor­dan, Sylvester Stal­lone, Tessa Thomp­son, Phyli­cia Rashad, Dolph Lund­gren. Writ­ten by Stal­lone. Di­rected by Steven Caple Jr. (2:10) PG-13. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” – Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch voices the meanie who threat­ens Christ­mas in Who-ville in this com­puter-an­i­mated retelling. Voices by An­gela Lans­bury, Rashida Jones, Ke­nan Thomp­son, Phar­rell Wil­liams. Writ­ten by Michael LeSieur, Tommy Sw­erd­low. Di­rected by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney. PG

“The Favourite” – A charm­ing ser­vant sees op­por­tu­nity in the court of 18th cen­tury English ruler Queen Anne. With Olivia Col­man, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Ni­cholas Hoult. Writ­ten by Deb­o­rah Davis, Tony McNa­mara. Di­rected by Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos. (1:59) R. “Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” – Al­bus Dum­ble­dore and his for­mer stu­dent Newt Sca­man­der must stop the dark wizard af­ter he es­capes cus­tody. With Ed­die Red­mayne, Katherine Water­ston,

Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Cal­lum Turner, Jude Law, Johnny Depp. Writ­ten by J.K. Rowl­ing. Di­rected by David Yates. (2:14) PG-13. “First Man” – Reteam­ing with “La La Land” di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling plays Neil Arm­strong in a richly idio­syn­cratic space-race drama that thrills, moves and per­plexes in roughly equal mea­sure. PG-13 “The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web” – “The Crown’s” Claire Foy takes over as out­cast Lis­beth Sa­lan­der in the lat­est chap­ter in the “Dragon Tat­too” saga. With Lakeith Stan­field, Sylvia Hoeks. Writ­ten by Fede Al­varez, Jay Basu, Steven Knight. Di­rected by Al­varez. R “Green Book” – A bouncer from the Bronx is hired to drive a world-class African-Amer­i­can pian­ist on a tour of the Deep South in 1962. With Viggo Mortensen, Ma­her­shala Ali, Linda Cardellini. Writ­ten by Nick Val­le­longa, Brian Cur­rie, Peter Far­relly. Di­rected by Far­relly. (2:10) (PG-13)

“The Hate U Give” – Wit­ness­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer shoot her child­hood best friend up­ends the life of a black girl at­tend­ing a mostly white prep school. With Amandla Sten­berg, Regina Hall, Rus­sell Hornsby, La­mar Johnson, Issa Rae, Al­gee Smith, Sab­rina Car­pen­ter, Com­mon, An­thony Mackie. Writ­ten by Au­drey Wells. Di­rected by Ge­orge Till­man Jr. (2:12) PG-13

“In­stant Fam­ily” – Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a cou­ple get­ting on-the-job train­ing in par­ent­ing when they take in three foster kids. With Margo Martin­dale, Julie Hagerty, Oc­tavia Spencer. Writ­ten by Sean An­ders, John Morris. Di­rected by An­ders. (1:59) PG-13. “Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net” – The re­luc­tant video game vil­lain and his pal Vanel­lope von Sch­weetz leave the ar­cade and head on­line in this com­put­eran­i­mated se­quel to the 2012 hit. Voices by John C. Reilly, Sarah Sil­ver­man, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch. Writ­ten by Phil John­ston, Pamela Ri­bon. (1:52) PG.

“Robin Hood” – Back from the Cru­sades, the ar­row-sling­ing Robin of Locklsey and his Moor­ish com­man­der take aim at the cor­rupt English crown. With Taron Eger­ton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Men­del­sohn, Jamie Dor­nan. Writ­ten by Ben Chan­dler, David James Kelly. Di­rected by Otto Bathurst. (1:56) PG-13.

“A Star Is Born” – No mat­ter how many pre­vi­ous ver­sions you’ve seen, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga ex­trav­a­ganza about a star on the rise fall­ing for a star on the way down should not be missed. R

“Widows” – Four Chicago women plan an elab­o­rate heist af­ter their late hus­bands leave them with dev­as­tat­ing debt. With Vi­ola Davis, Michelle Ro­driguez, Cyn­thia Erivo, Colin Far­rell, Daniel Kalu­uya, Gar­ret Dil­lahunt, Jacki Weaver, Bern­thal, Robert Du­vall, Liam Nee­son. Writ­ten by Gil­lian Flynn, Steve McQueen. Di­rected by McQueen. (2:09) R.

“Wildlife” – Su­perb turns by Ed Ox­en­bould, Jake Gyl­len­haal and Carey Mul­li­gan power this drama about a mar­riage’s dis­in­te­gra­tion in 1960 Mon­tana, di­rected with in­tel­li­gence by Paul Dano. (J.C.) PG-13.

Rat­ings by the Mo­tion Pic­ture As­so­ci­a­tion: (G) gen­eral au­di­ences; (PG) parental guid­ance urged; (PG-13) par­ents cau­tioned for chil­dren un­der 13; (R) re­stricted, un­der 17 ad­mit­ted only with par­ent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one un­der 18 ad­mit­ted.

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