OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
“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.