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New this week in Myrtle Beach-area theaters

New This Week

All The Money In The World | This crime thriller dramatizes the real-life 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer). John’s mother Gail (Michelle Williams) begs J. Paul Getty to pay the kidnappers’ ransom; when he refuses, she decides to rescue her son with the help of Getty’s business associate, an ex-CIA agent named Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg). Directed by Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World originally starred Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty. When Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, Scott reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer in just nine days in order to meet the movie’s planned release date.

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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).

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.

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 Showman | 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.

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.

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.

Compiled by Gail Traver, gtraver@thesunnews.com

Theater Information

▪ 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

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