OPENING TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY:
Creed II, a.k.a. Rocky VIII, is going to take you all the way back to Rocky IV. That’s because 33 years after Ivan Drago (a returning Dolph Lundgren) killed his father in the ring, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) must face the next generation of Drago (Florian Munteanu).Naturally, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), who beat Drago Sr. back in 1985, is there to coach him through it. (129 minutes, PG-13)
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Six years after Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) head out into the world wide web after finding a router in their arcade. Among the characters they encounter along the way are all of the Disney Princesses. (112 minutes, PG)
Who else is tired of Robin Hood adaptations? This latest version stars Taron Egerton,shirking those Kingsman loyalties to play the titular outlaw. This version tries to go hip and modern, and it looks like Robin may have to steal Maid Marian (Eve Hewson) away from her husband, Will Scarlet (Jamie Dornan). Jamie Foxx plays Little John, and Ben Mendelsohn is the big bad sheriff of Nottingham. (116 minutes, PG-13)
To quote the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday, Green Book is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts. Part road movie, part buddy comedy, part social history, the movie follows a rough-around-the-edges Italian bouncer from the Bronx, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), and a classically trained black pianist, Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), on a tour through the segregated South. (130 minutes, PG-13)
The Front Runner
If you don’t get enough of politics and journalism and scandals in real life, this is the one for you. The Front Runner is an account of how a team of Miami Herald journalists wrecked a presidential campaign in 1987 by pursuing a tip that the candidate was having an affair with an Aventura woman. Hugh Jackman, above, stars as former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, caught with 29-year-old model and actor Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). (113 minutes, R)
OTHER RECENT RELEASES:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Dumbledore (Jude Law) tasks Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with thwarting Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Widows: Viola Davis leads an ensemble cast of women in a heist after their husbands are killed during a job.
Boy Erased: A small-town Baptist pastor’s teen son (Lucas Hedges) chooses between gay conversion therapy or being shunned when he is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe).
Instant Family: In this comedy with a dash of family feel-good, newbie foster parents (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) face a steep learning curve after they take in three kids.
A Private War: Dramatic thriller about real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), her life on the frontlines, and the toll taken on her personal life.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Claire Foy plays hacktivist Lisbeth Salander, on the hunt for nuclear codes in this adaptation of the 2015 sequel penned by David Lagercrantz.
The Grinch: Benedict Cumberbatch is the Grinch. Pharrell Williams is the narrator. Angela Lansbury is the mayor of Whoville.
Beautiful Boy: Last year’s Oscar darling Timothée Chalamet plays a teen battling a meth addiction, helped through recovery by his father (Steve Carell).
Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Melissa McCarthy turns serious in this biopic about celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who tries to revive her failing career by forging letters from dead writers.
Overlord: Nazis and zombies in one movie. ’Nuff said.
Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the British rock band Queen.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: A teenage girl (Mackenzie Foy) must brave a magical and dangerous parallel world in a star-studded reinvention of the classic fairy tale.
Nobody’s Fool: Tiffany Haddish plays a young woman just out of jail reconnecting her straight-arrow sister (Tika Sumpter) in this comedy.
A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.
A Private War: Rosamund Pike stars as real-life daring and selfless war correspondent Marie Colvin.
Green Book: The rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts and also provides accessible social history.
Widows: Sharp as ever, Viola Davis leads an ensemble cast of women in an unlikely heist.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy stars as a celebrity biographer who hatches a plot to stay relevant.
Bohemian Rhapsody: See it for Rami Malek’s widely praised performance as Freddie Mercury, and to hear Queen’s foot-stomping anthems in a theater.
All dates subject to change.
Dec. 7: Mary Queen of Scots; Anna and the Apocalypse
Dec. 14: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Mortal Engines; The Mule, The Favourite
Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns
Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Welcome to Marwen; Second Act; Ben Is Back
Dec. 25: Holmes & Watson; Vice
Jan. 4: Escape Room; Eli
Jan. 11: A Dog’s Way Home; The Upside; On the Basis of Sex
Information from Times wires were used in this report.