Writer-director Greta Gerwig adapts Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the four determined March sisters coming of age in Massachusetts during the Civil War. With Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Louis Garrel, Tracy Letts, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk. (134 minutes, PG)
SPIES IN DISGUISE
A secret agent is transformed into a pigeon with the help of a nerdy scientist in this animated comedy. With the voices of Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, Masi Oka. Written by Brad Copeland and Lloyd Taylor; based on a short film by Lucas Martell. Directed by Troy Quane, Nick Bruno. (102 minutes, PG)
OUTDOOR SCREENING: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
As part of the Christmas Movie Night Series, celebrate the season on the lawn with a showing of the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Paul’s Landing at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. (727) 894-1000. paulslandingstpete.com.
Atlantics: Worthy winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this feature directing debut from the French Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop tells a hypnotic story of migration and abandonment, romance and ghosts.
Ford v Ferrari: A barnburner of a motion picture that mainlines heart-in-mouth excitement and tug-at-the-heart emotion in a career-defining effort by director James Mangold, this glorious throwback combines a smart, modern sensibility with the best of traditional storytelling, plus sterling acting by Matt Damon and Christian Bale and a tiptop supporting cast.
Marriage Story: An emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, both in peak form. Writer-director Noah Baumbach, a peerless observer of domestic pettiness and passive-aggressive behavior, puts every unflattering detail under his dramatic microscope.
Waves: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry play a South Florida family weathering tragedy in this emotionally turbulent, formally astonishing drama from writer-director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha).
All dates subject to change.
Jan. 3: The Grudge
Jan. 10: 1917; Just Mercy; Like a Boss; My Spy; Underwater
Jan. 17: Bad Boys for Life; Dolittle
Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires