Movies in North Texas theaters on Dec. 9 and coming soon

Movies in North Texas theaters on Dec. 9 and coming soon


Letter grades are listed only when a review is available.

(A) ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED This exquisite documentary examines the life and work of photographer and activist Nan Goldin, who fought to hold the Sackler family accountable for its role in the opioid epidemic. Filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) takes her work to new aesthetic heights and wrenching emotional depths. Not rated. 113 mins. At the Texas Theatre.

BLACK WARRANT A special ops assassin and a Drug Enforcement Administration agent cross paths while working to stop a terrorist group that is threatening to attack the power grid. Starring Tom Berenger and Cam Gigandet. R (for language throughout and violence). 94 mins. At Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley.

CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS In this holiday horror flick, a young woman (Riley Dandy) must fight for survival after a robotic Santa runs amok. Not rated. 81 mins. In wide release.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDATE In this romantic comedy, a single businesswoman (Jasmine Burke) uses a glitchy dating app that causes more than one date to show up for a holiday gathering. Not rated. 84 mins. At Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley.

DETECTIVE KNIGHT: REDEMPTION A New York City police detective (Bruce Willis) takes on the Christmas Bomber, whose Santa Claus disciples are terrorizing the city. R (for violence, language throughout and a sexual reference). 93 mins. At Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley.

DIVORCE BAIT A suburban housewife (Vannessa Vasquez) announces that she is getting divorced just to see which of her friends will try to steal her husband. Not rated. 93 mins. At America Cinemas La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.

(C+) EMANCIPATION Will Smith stars as an enslaved man fleeing a Louisiana plantation in this film from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) that’s more action thriller than prestige drama. Emancipation is often harrowing and gripping, but it’s less nuanced than its real-life protagonist deserves. Also starring Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa. R (for disturbing images, strong racial violence and language). 132 mins. In wide release and on Apple TV+.

(C-) EMPIRE OF LIGHT Director Sam Mendes takes a break from blockbusters (Skyfall, Spectre, 1917) to tell a quiet, small-scale love story taking place in the 1980s at an old movie house in a British seaside town. The fine cast is let down by a script whose many parts come together like oil and water and concession stand soda. And the film distastefully treats anti-Black violence as a vehicle for a white woman’s emotional and psychological deliverance. Starring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth and Toby Jones. R (for brief violence, sexual content and language). 119 mins. In wide release.

(A-) HOLY SPIDER A journalist investigates the killings of sex workers in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad in this movie based on the true story of Saeed Hanaei, who was arrested, put on trial and then reclaimed as a national and religious hero who had “cleansed” Iran of its vices. It’s far from subtle filmmaking, but Holy Spider is equal parts gripping and disturbing, and not always for the squeamish. Not rated. 116 mins. In Persian with subtitles. At the Angelika Dallas.

(B-) LOUDMOUTH This documentary about the Rev. Al Sharpton captures the civil rights leader’s activism, his notoriety and his unapologetic dance between the two. Everything in the documentary that’s set amid the racial tumult of the 1980s feels riveting and essential, but the rest of the film feels padded out with recent history. Not rated. 123 mins. At AMC Mesquite.

(B) ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL A brilliant girl (Alisha Weir) takes a stand against the loutish adults in her life in this brashly entertaining Netflix adaptation of the beloved novel and musical. Emma Thompson is a hoot as a vile school headmistress. PG (for some language and thematic elements). 117 mins. In wide release.

(A-) 2ND CHANCE This documentary examines the rise and fall of Richard Davis, who invented the modern-day bulletproof vest and shot himself nearly 200 times over the course of his career to prove its effectiveness. It’s a Greek tragedy and a Shakespearean comedy with a touch of Tiger King, all expertly rolled into one all-too-pertinent cautionary tale. Not rated. 89 mins. At Cinemark Legacy in Plano.

(B-) SPOILER ALERT Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge star in this heart-rending holiday weepie about two men in love, facing cancer together. The pair bring a sincerity to their performances that provides a gut punch. Don’t forget the tissues. PG-13 (for drug use, thematic elements and sexual content). 112 mins. In wide release.

(B+) TO THE END This entertaining and informative documentary follows four young women — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist Varshini Prakash, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright and political strategist Alexandra Rojas — as they push for sweeping climate change legislation. Not rated. 95 mins. At AMC Northpark and AMC Stonebriar in Frisco.


AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER James Cameron’s long-delayed follow-up to 2009′s Avatar (the highest-grossing film ever) tells the story of the Sully family and their efforts to protect one another. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Kate Winslet and Sigourney Weaver. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence and intense action, partial nudity and some strong language). 192 mins.

MEMORIES OF MY FATHER In this drama, an author examines the life of his father, who fought against oppression in 1970s Colombia before being killed by paramilitary forces. Not rated. 136 mins. In Spanish, Italian and English, with subtitles.

MINDCAGE Two detectives (Martin Lawrence and Melissa Roxburgh) seek the help of an incarcerated serial killer (John Malkovich) to try to catch a copycat killer. R (for sexual material and some violent content). 96 mins.


(A) THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN A man (Brendan Gleeson) abruptly puts an end to a lifelong friendship with a fellow Irishman (Colin Farrell), leading to alarming consequences for both of them. Playwright Martin McDonagh and a small group of wonderful actors have sculpted an aching reverie about friendship and fulfillment that is one of the very best films of the year. R (for language throughout, some violent content and brief graphic nudity). 109 mins.

(C+) BLACK ADAM This superhero flick isn’t bad; it’s just predictable, stealing from other films like an intellectual property supervillain. But Dwayne Johnson is a natural in the title role, mixing might with humor. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language). 124 mins.

(B) BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER After the 2020 death of star Chadwick Boseman, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole went back to the drawing board for this sequal, writing a script that focuses on his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), stepping into power as she grapples with grief and loss. Wright steps up to the plate and proves her chops and gravitas as an actor, carrying the emotional weight of this film, which is as much a bittersweet sendoff for Boseman as it is for his character, T’Challa. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence, action and some language). 161 mins.

(B+) BONES AND ALL Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet star as a pair of young cannibals in this 1980s-set road movie that’s more tenderly lyrical than most conventional romances. The film is both brutal and beautiful, and Mark Rylance — as a fellow cannibal — plays one of the creepier movie characters in recent years. R (for strong, bloody and disturbing violent content, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity). 130 mins.

(B) DEVOTION Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell star as real-life Korean War aviators Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, whose friendship reflects the U.S. Navy’s early attempts at integration as Brown becomes the first aviator of color to complete the Navy’s basic training program. It’s a square but satisfying social justice drama. PG-13 (for strong language, some war action/violence and smoking). 138 mins.

(A) THE FABELMANS In this deeply personal movie, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg turns his lens on his own upbringing, his parents and his childhood journey to becoming a filmmaker. What could have been an overly idealized autobiography is instead a playful, honest and ultimately gracious childhood memoir. PG-13 (for some strong language, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use). 151 mins.

I HEARD THE BELLS This drama tells the story behind the writing of a beloved Christmas carol based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Stephen Atherholt). Not rated. 110 mins.

(B) THE INSPECTION Facing a bleak future, a gay Black man (Jeremy Pope) joins the Marines and finds camaraderie and a sense of belonging in this strikingly personal portrait of the military under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” For all the intense physicality of his performance, Pope does much of his acting with his eyes, which can signal fear and anxiety one moment and radiate a defiant seductiveness the next. R (for language throughout, sexual content, some nudity and violence). 95 mins.

(C) LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed this choppy live-action/animation hybrid film adaptation of Bernard Waber’s 1965 children’s book of the same name about a singing crocodile (voiced by Shawn Mendes) who lives in New York City. The film is a strange beast that can’t decide whether it wants to be a warm and whimsical family adventure comedy or an ironic hallucinatory fever dream geared toward adult viewers. Also starring Javier Bardem, Constance Wu and Scoot McNairy. PG (for mild peril and thematic elements). 106 mins.

(B+) THE MENU Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult play a couple who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant presided over by a chef (Ralph Fiennes) who puts more than food on the menu. This black comedy-thriller skewers high-end foodie culture with a hilariously shocking zest. R (for strong/disturbing violent content, language throughout and some sexual references). 106 mins.

ONE PIECE FILM: RED In this Japanese anime film — the 15th in the One Piece series — a mysterious pop singer decides to reveal herself to the world at a live show. PG-13 (for violence, suggestive material and language). 115 mins. In Japanese with subtitles.

PREY FOR THE DEVIL A nun (Jacqueline Byers) sets out to perform an exorcism to save the soul of a young girl (Posy Taylor) and comes up against a demonic force with ties to her past. PG-13 (for violent and disturbing content, terror, thematic elements and brief language). 93 mins.

THE QUINTESSENTIAL QUINTUPLETS MOVIE Five sisters vie for the affections of their tutor in this animated romantic comedy based on a popular manga series. Not rated. 136 mins. In Japanese with subtitles.

(B) SHE SAID Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the New York Times journalists whose reporting helped expose Harvey Weinstein’s abuse. The drama is tense, fraught and compelling, though with less of a payoff than you’d like. R (for language and descriptions of sexual assault). 128 mins.

SMILE After witnessing a traumatic incident that results in a patient’s death, a doctor (Sosie Bacon) starts to experience frightening and unexplainable occurrences. R (for strong violent content and grisly images, and language). 115 mins.

SPIRITED Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in this musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that tells the story from the perspective of the ghosts of past, present and future. Also starring Octavia Spencer. PG-13 (for language, thematic elements and some suggestive material). 127 mins.

(B) STRANGE WORLD Three generations of explorers chart unknown territory in order to save their city in this effortlessly charming Walt Disney Animation Studios sci-fi original. The fantastical world is meticulously and wondrously rendered, with a painterly feel that draws inspiration from pulp magazines of the 1930s and ‘40s. Featuring the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, Alan Tudyk and Jaboukie Young-White. PG (for action/peril and some thematic elements). 102 mins.

TERRIFIER 2 In this horror sequel, a resurrected Art the Clown targets a pair of siblings on Halloween night. Not rated. 138 mins.

(B-) TICKET TO PARADISE George Clooney and Julia Roberts look like they had a grand time making this Bali-set comedy, starring as a bitterly divorced set of parents whose daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) is fresh out of law school. The familiar beats get played with sincerity, though there’s not nearly as much to laugh at here as you might expect. PG-13 (for some strong language and brief suggestive material). 104 mins.

(A) TILL Danielle Deadwyler delivers a powerful, career-making performance as the mother of 14-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall). Director Chinonye Chukwu shows the brutality of Till’s slaying only obliquely and focuses instead on the aftermath, as the mother fights for justice and finds her voice as a civil rights activist. PG-13 (for thematic content involving racism, strong disturbing images and racial slurs). 130 mins.

(B-) VIOLENT NIGHT In this violent and gory action-comedy film, Santa Claus (David Harbour) steps in to save the day after mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family. If you think watching Santa try to strangle a guy with Christmas lights is funny, this is the film for you. R (for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references). 101 mins.

(A) THE WOMAN KING Energetic performances and technical precision come together to glorious effect in director Gina Prince- Bythewood’s rousing historical epic, with Viola Davis starring as the general of an all-female warrior army that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. It’s a lush, crowd- pleasing piece of entertainment. Also starring John Boyega. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing material, thematic content, brief language and partial nudity). 126 mins.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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