New This Week:
Daddy’s Home 2 | Stepfather Brad (Will Ferrell) and biological dad Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) have set aside their differences, and are content to work together to care for their children. However, their family get-together at Christmas is complicated by the arrival of Brad's fusty dad (John Lithgow) and Dusty's hell-raising pop (Mel Gibson). John Cena and Linda Cardellini co-star in this sequel to the 2015 sleeper-hit comedy Daddy's Home. Directed by Sean Anders.
Murder On The Orient Express | In 1930s Europe, legendary detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) probes a murder that occurs aboard the luxury train known as the Orient Express. As the thirteen passengers grow paranoid that the killer will strike again, Poirot realizes there's more to the case than meets the eye. Branagh also directed this adaptation of the iconic murder-mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley co-star.
Amanda & Jack Go Glamping | A frustrated author (David Arquette) tries to get his life and marriage back on track by going on a glamorous-camping (or "glamping") trip with his wife (Amy Acker). However, their relaxing vacation hits a snag when they end up rooming with an annoying couple and the wife is attracted to the campsite's hunky owner (Adan Canto). June Squibb co-stars. Written and directed by Brandon Dickerson.
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A Bad Moms Christmas | In this sequel to the 2016 sleeper hit Bad Moms, three overstressed mothers (Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn) are alarmed when their own troublemaking moms (Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon) visit during the Christmas holiday. Soon, the gal pals once again band together for drinking and general debauchery in order to blow off some steam. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Thor : Ragnarok | After being defeated in combat by his half-sister Hela (Cate Blanchett), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ends up as an imprisoned gladiator on a distant world ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Now, he must work together with fellow Avenger the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), another combatant fighting for the Grandmaster's pleasure, in order to escape and return to Asgard before Hela can unleash the world-ending event known as Ragnarok. Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban and Benedict Cumberbatch co-star. Directed by Taika Waititi.
Jigsaw | In this eighth entry of the Saw franchise, sadistic serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is back to his old tricks, despite his apparent death a decade earlier. As his new victims fight to survive his twisted games, the police must solve Jigsaw's strange clues and deal with the improbability of his return. Laura Vandervoort, Callum Keith Rennie, Brittany Allen, and Matt Passmore star in this horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig.
Suburbicon | his comedy-drama from director George Clooney features two parallel stories that seek to expose the dark underbelly of life in 1950s suburban America. In one tale, white businessman Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) tries to pull off an insurance scam with the help of his wife's identical twin sister (Julianne Moore). Meanwhile, a black family (Karimah Westbrook, Leith M. Burke, and Tony Espinosa) who recently moved in next door to the Lodges are forced to confront the virulent racism of their community. Oscar Isaac and Noah Jupe co-star. Written by Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Joel and Ethan Coen.
Thank You For Your Service (2017) | A group of U.S. soldiers return home after serving in Iraq, but their attempts at reintegrating into civilian life are complicated by their traumatic memories of war and pressure from military brass to remain stoic as an example to others. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, and Keisha Castle-Hughes star. Thank You for Your Service is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by David Finkel, and was written and directed by Jason Hall, the screenwriter of 2014's American Sniper.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween | Madea (Tyler Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis), and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) head to a campground where a group of teens are partying on Halloween, but chaos ensues when it turns out that the area is haunted by ghouls. Perry also wrote and directed.
Geostorm | Two scientists and brothers (Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess) must race to avert an environmental catastrophe when a series of climate-control satellites begin to malfunction. During their mission, they discover a conspiracy involving the satellites, which were initially designed to prevent natural disasters on Earth. Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, and Andy Garcia co-star in this sci-fi action film, which marks the feature directorial debut of writer/producer Dean Devlin.
Happy Death Day | A college student (Jessica Rothe) is trapped in a time loop that forces her to keep reliving a birthday that ends with her murder at the hands of a masked madman. As she repeats the same day over and over again, she tries to figure out her killer's identity so she can avoid a grisly fate. Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones).
Only The Brave | This fact-based drama centers on the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting team in Arizona known for their bravery in directly confronting wildfires. The film depicts the team's efforts in battling the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which ultimately claimed the lives of 19 out of 20 men. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly, and Andie MacDowell star. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.
The Foreigner | A London businessman named Quan (Jackie Chan) is devastated when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. He seeks revenge against those responsible, and his pursuit soon leads him to a shady British politico (Pierce Brosnan) with ties to the terrorist organization. Directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale).
IT | In a small town in 1989 Maine, seven bullied kids known as the "Losers' Club" discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. When they realize that the town's adults can't protect them, they band together to destroy the monster, a killer clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott co-star in this horror film, which is based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Andy Muschietti.
The Snowman | In this adaptation of Jo Nesbø's best-selling crime novel, Norwegian police detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) hunts a terrifying adversary known as "the Snowman Killer." Hole and a rookie cop named Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) investigate cold cases in the hope of nabbing the killer, but they soon resort to more desperate measures to catch their prey. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer, and J.K. Simmons co-star. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).
The Mountain Between Us | Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
American Made | Tom Cruise stars in this '80s-set thriller as Barry Seal, a pilot-turned-drug smuggler who is recruited by the CIA for a dangerous mission. Based on a true story, American Made was directed by Doug Liman.
Compiled by Gail Traver, firstname.lastname@example.org
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