FILM NEW THIS WEEK
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Aisholpan is a 13-year-old eagle hunter. She’s the first female in 12 generations in her family to fill the coveted and time-honored Kazakh role—and she’s about to school them all. Otto Bell directs. Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley costar. (G) 87 minutes.
THE ACCOUNTANT Ever since he was a kid, Christian Wolff exhibited highly advanced cognitive skills. As an adult, he’s an accountant—with a somewhat illicit sidegig that gets the Treasury Department interested in his daily goingson. Gavin O’Connor directs. Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons co-star. (R) 128 minutes.
INCARNATE A how-to guide on what to do when your kid has one of those demonic screaming fits. Brad Peyton directs. Carice van Houten, Aaron Eckhart, David Mazouz co-star. (PG-13) 91 minutes. KIDNAP Her son’s been kidnapped and Mom of the Year/infinite badass Halle Berry is not about to sit around waiting for the police to find him. Luis Prieto directs. Berry, Christopher Berry, Lew Temple costar. 94 minutes.
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LA LA LAND Ah, old Hollywood whimsy, musical magic à la Rogers and Astaire that’s getting Emma Stone early Oscar buzz—just the kind of la la land we needed after a post-Nov. 8 Thanksgiving. Damien Chazelle directs. Ryan Gosling, Stone, Amiée Conn co-star. (PG-13) 128 minutes.
OFFICE CHRISTMAS This is exactly what last year’s GT office party looked like. Just kidding … sort of. Josh Gordon, Will Speck direct. Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston co-star. (R) 105 minutes. SPECIAL SCREENINGS: King Lear 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Young Frankenstein, Midnight, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3. The Del Mar. CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are invited Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. to downtown Santa Cruz, where each week the group discusses a different current release. For location and discussion topic, go to https:// groups.google.com/group/LTATM.
ALMOST CHRISTMAS Aah, movies about dysfunctional families during the holidays … do they make us thankful for our own dysfunctional families, or just more fearful? David E. Talbert directs. Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover co-star. (PG-13) 112 minutes. ALLIED OMG, Brangelina broke up because Angelina is a German spy. Of course! (This is their marriage memoir, right?). Robert Zemeckis directs. Brad Pitt, Vincent Ebrahim, Xavier De Guillebon co-star. (R) 124 minutes. ARRIVAL Aliens are here, but no one can decipher what they’re saying. Thankfully, the military sends in a woman to help communicate. Denis Villeneuve directs. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker costar. (PG-13) 116 minutes. BAD SANTA 2 The bad Claus crew is back and this time momma’s coming, too. Kathy Bates as a tattooed con artist from the North Pole, fueled by cheap whiskey and a mean streak, who ropes her son (Santa) into robbing a charity? Now that’s holiday spirit, y’all. Mark Waters directs. Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox co-star. (R) 92 minutes. BLEED FOR THIS World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza was at the top of his game and the top of the world until a car crash broke his neck. He was told that any small movement could sever his spinal cord. He didn’t listen; instead, he took the screws out of his head and went back to the gym to make one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Don’t try this at home? Ben Younger directs. Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal co-star. (R) 116 minutes.
WAIT, IS THIS ‘PULP FICTION 2?’ Nope, it’s Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land.’
DOCTOR STRANGE What if the material world was only one of many? In that case it’d probably be beneficial to have someone with a name like Dr. Strange to protect it. Scott Derrickson directs. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams co-star. (PG-13) 115 minutes. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN While most of us surely would rather avoid revisiting the unbearable pain of being in high school, sometimes the awkward moments of youth just never get old—especially when Woody Harrelson plays the lovable, confidant high school teacher who’s writing his suicide note on his lunch break. Kelly Fremon Craig directs. Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner co-star. (R) 104 minutes. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Eddie Redmayne accidentally let a bunch of evil ghouls into our realm. It all makes sense now: how else could a cheeto-faced Voldemort have gotten in? David Yates directs. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol co-star. (PG-13) 133 minutes. LOVING Virginia, 1958: Richard and Mildred are in love. But there’s one problem: they’re an interracial couple in a state where their marriage violates antimiscegenation laws. It’s a true story of love overcoming hate. Jeff
Nichols directs. Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton co-star. (PG13) 123 minutes. A MAN CALLED OVE Ove spends his days visiting his wife’s grave. He’s given up on friendship and he’s had enough. So he decides to leave the world for good, but “killing oneself isn’t so easy, you know.” Hannes Holm directs. Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, and Zozan Akgün costar. (PG-13) 116 minutes. MOANA A great danger is coming but Moana will find the demigod Maui and they’ll save the world— he’s a little difficult, so she’ll need all the help she can get. Thankfully, she’s got the ocean on her side. Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams direct. Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House co-star. (PG) 113 minutes. MOONLIGHT Imagine growing up in Miami’s black neighborhoods as a small boy—a boy who likes to dance instead of fight, routinely gets the crap kicked out of him, and has to take care of his single mother and avoid being swept up in the seduction of the streets. And who might be gay. Barry Jenkins directs. Mahershala Ali, Sheriff Earp, Duan Sanderson co-star. (R) 110 minutes. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS “I did something horrible to him. I loved him in a brutal way,” says Amy Adams as Susan Morrow, looking
bleakly into her past, haunted by her ex-husband’s novel and the threat she sees in it. Tom Ford directs. Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon co-star. (R) 117 minutes. RULES DON’T APPLY Howard Hughes wants 350 gallons of banana nut ice cream. Lucky for him, he’s Howard Hughes so when he’s hiding out in dark corners, sending body doubles to meet foreign dignitaries and bankrolling a fleet of young actresses, the rules simply don’t apply. Warren Beatty directs. Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga co-star. (PG-13) 126 minutes. STORKS In this animated film, storks used to deliver babies, now they deliver packages for cornerstore.com—is this an allegory about the U.S. Postal Service? Adventure ensues when an order for a baby appears and the top delivery stork scrambles to fix the mistake. Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland direct. Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell co-star. (PG) 89 minutes. TROLLS Branch is a troll living in a fortified survival bunker ... To protect against the indelibly chipper Poppy. Poppy is the leader of the Trolls, the happiest Troll ever born, and she’s out to rescue her friends from the Bergen. Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell direct. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel co-star. (PG) 92 minutes.