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they feel wholly appropriate and of a piece. Blanchett and Goldblum excel as very different, unique sorts of villains. Ragnarok, like James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, gives some hope that there is room for levity and fun amongst the more sullen, lumbering aspects of the MCU. PG13. 130M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK, MINOR.

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS. As I recall, I like Bad Moms (2016). Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, in particular, are compelling and often hilarious. And given the fact that I’m a sucker for Christmas movies, this seemed like an easy win. Apparently, a year between the original and the sequel wasn’t enough time to actually generate a story, though, and A Bad Moms Christmas can’t skate by on the charisma of its leads. Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Bell) and Carla (Hahn) are all visited by their respective moms, who have very different ideas about what a perfect Christmas should be. Each mother-daughter pair must sort out their differences, etc. There is so little story here that a barely developed relationship between Carla and a stripper (Justin Hartley) becomes a central plot point. The movie drifts between stretched-out montages, relying on the primary cast’s improv chops for its rare funny moments. Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon co-star as the moms’ moms, and should all have been given an opportunity to do better, but the material just wasn’t there. R. 104M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK.


BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989). More time travel with Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, who’s sent to 2015, where I would also like to be sent because holy hell, 2017. PG. 108M. BROADWAY. DADDY’S HOME 2. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return as polar opposite fathers sharing holiday duties and a visit from their respective dads (John Lithgow and bearded slur machine Mel Gibson).

audiences. With Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. R. 163M. MILL CREEK. DELORES. Documentary about Dolores Huerta, activist and union organizer alongside Cesar Chavez, and her struggles with police violence, and raising 11 kids. Damn. NR. 95M. MINIPLEX. JIGSAW. Still more strangers thrown together and turning on one another in a gratuitous game of random torture. Except in a horror movie instead of our national political hellscape. R.



FULL METAL JACKET (1987). Stanley Kubrick’s brutal Vietnam War drama starring Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio. R. 116M. MINOR. GENESIS: PARADISE LOST. Documentary-style take-down of evolution and the Big Bang with 3D special effects, talking heads and a crumbling bust of Charles Darwin. PG. 130M. FORTUNA. HUMAN FLOW. Artist Ai Weiwei’s documentary tracking the travels and stories of refugees all around the world.

LUCKY. The legendary Harry Dean Stanton (RIP) stars as a 91-year-old man having an existential crisis in a small, dusty town with a missing tortoise. NR.

PG13. 140M. MINOR.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of detective Hercule Poirot and a massive mustache for Agatha Christie’s mystery on rails. With Judi Dench and a bunch of people just happy to be on a train with her. PG13. 114M. FORTUNA, MINOR. POKÉMON THE MOVIE: I CHOOSE YOU! Trainer Ash (Sarah Natochenny) traverses Japan with his buddy Pikachu to rumble with little monsters. Ask your kids to explain it to you. NR. 112M. MINOR.

— John J. Bennett For showtimes, see the Journal’s listings at or call: Broadway Cinema 443-3456; Fortuna Theatre 725-2121; Mill Creek Cinema 839-3456; Minor Theatre 822-3456; Richards’ Goat Miniplex 630-5000.


BLADE RUNNER 2049. Director Denis Villeneuve cleaves to the DNA of the original — talky and broody, but gorgeous in its decrepitude, which will surely please hardcore fans more than general


ONLY THE BRAVE. Director Joseph Kosinski and a stellar cast (Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly) exceed disaster movie expectations in a tragic, emotionally truthful film about complicated people and relationships in a hotshot fire crew. PG13. 133M. BROADWAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Miles Teller plays an Iraq War veteran struggling with guilt alongside his brain-injured squad-mate (Beulah Koale). Written and directed by Jason Hall, the movie never quite rises to the significance of its subject. R. 108M. BROADWAY.

TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2: A MADEA HALLOWEEN. Perry pulls the wig back on as the mouthy matriarch in a slasher send-up set at a haunted campground. PG13. 100M. BROADWAY.

VICTORIA AND ABDUL. An aging Queen Victoria (Judy Dench) bonds with Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her adviser, tutor and confidante. PG13. 111M. BROADWAY. — Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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