Christmastime is a popular time of year to head to the movie theater and catch up on some rather entertaining films.
Here is a list of what is playing locally.
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Downsizing | In this sci-fi satire, scientists discover a way to shrink people down to about six inches tall, and hope to use the technique to build micro communities that will reduce humanity's impact on the environment. A frustrated Omaha resident (Matt Damon) agrees to the procedure after learning that he'll be able to afford a much more opulent lifestyle in his new micro village, but he soon discovers that his new home isn't all it's cracked up to be. Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, Udo Kier, Neil Patrick Harris, and Laura Dern co-star.
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Father Figures | Fraternal twin brothers Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Peter (Ed Helms) are shocked to learn that their mother (Glenn Close) has been lying to them for years about their father being deceased -- the truth is that she doesn't know their dad's identity due to living a wild life during the 1970s. The duo decide to set off on a cross-country road trip, interviewing the possible candidates along the way in the hope of locating their biological father. J.K. Simmons, Ving Rhames, Terry Bradshaw, Katt Williams, and Christopher Walken co-star. Directed by Lawrence Sher.
The Greatest Snowman | This musical about the life of entrepreneur P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) depicts how he found fame and fortune by starting a circus in 1870s America. The Greatest Showman posits Barnum as the creator of modern show business, and a man who believed in celebrating those who were different instead of scorning them. Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson co-star.
Jumanji | Four teenagers discover a mysterious video game from the '90s while serving detention, and are sucked into a virtual jungle when they try to play it. Transformed into various video-game characters -- a hunky explorer (Dwayne Johnson), a clever zoologist (Kevin Hart), a warrior babe (Karen Gillan), and a rotund professor (Jack Black) -- the group must trek through this strange new world if they want to survive. Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel to the 1995 fantasy adventure Jumanji.
Pitch Perfect 3 | Feeling adrift ever since they graduated from college, the Bellas are thrilled when they are offered a chance to reunite for a USO tour in Europe. While the ladies get into a heated competition with the other musical acts, Beca (Anna Kendrick) mulls an offer to leave the group behind for a solo career. Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Ruby Rose, Elizabeth Banks, John Lithgow, and John Michael Higgins co-star.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi | ian Johnson (Looper, Brick) wrote and directed this installment of the Star Wars saga, which picks up where The Force Awakens left off. While Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) teaches Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the ways of the Force, Skywalker's former apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) continues to explore the Dark Side. Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Benicio Del Toro, Gwendoline Christie, and Laura Dern co-star.
Ferdinand | CoA gentle bull named Ferdinand (voice of John Cena) lives a happy life as the pet of a loving family in Spain, and prefers smelling flowers to fighting. When he is captured and forced to participate in bullfights, he plots to escape and return home with the help of a group of animal friends. Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias also lend their voices to this animated comedy, which was directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio).
Coco | A 12-year-old boy named Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming a famous guitar player, despite the misgivings of his close-knit family. When his ambitions cause him to run afoul of a terrible curse, he must journey into the Land of the Dead in order to seek forgiveness from his deceased ancestors. Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Gabriel Iglesias, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Edward James Olmos also lend their voices to this animated adventure, which was directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina.
Roman J Israel, Esq. | Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career.
Justice League | Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Batman and his new ally Wonder Woman recruit Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to help them save the planet from a newly awakened enemy.
The Star | A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
Wonder | A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade. With the support of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson), he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment. Meanwhile, those around him learn not to judge a book by its cover.
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. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley co-star.
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.
With exerpts from wire services
▪ AMC Broadway 17 (Broadway at the Beach), 1175 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-445-1600
▪ AMC Colonial 12 (Myrtle Beach mall), 10177 N. Kings Highway, North Myrtle Beach, 843-272-6598
▪ Cinemark at Myrtle Beach (Coastal Grand mall), 2100 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, 843-839-3225 or cinemark.com
▪ Frank Theatres-Rivertowne Stadium 12, 220 Rivertowne Blvd., Conway, 843-365-9000 or franktheatres.com
▪ Frank Theatres-Coastal Cinemas 10, 5200 Bridgers Road, Shallotte, N.C., 910-754-7469 or franktheatres.com
▪ Grand 14 at The Market Common, 4002 Deville St., Myrtle Beach, 843-282-0550 or www.stonetheatres.com