– The latest Disney animated feature, Moana follows a Polynesian chief’s daughter who is chosen by the ocean to find the demigod Maui. Maui has a sacred object, that if not returned to its owner, will cause a blight to doom Moana’s village and eventually the rest of mankind. Already the movie is known for its music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical of Hamilton; and continues the tradition of having actor Alan Tudyk as a recurring voice, this time as the voice of a chicken that is too dumb to live.
– Stars Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Ron Clements & John Musker. Rated PG.
– A Canadian intelligence officer falls in love with a French Resistance fighter during World War II. When they reunite in London, she is suspected of working with the enemy and their relationship is tested but it could have global consequences.
– Stars Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, and Lizzy Caplan. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rated R.
Bad Santa 2
– A sequel 2003’s Bad Santa. Willie and his sidekick Marcus, decide to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve while dressed as Santa and his elf. However, this time Willie’s mom gets involved and somehow makes everything worse.
– Stars Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, and Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Mark S. Waters. Rated R.
Rules Don’t Apply
– Rules Don’t Apply is written, directed, and stars Warren Beatty and while it’s set up as a romantic comedy, it seems that it’s far more serious than the trailer would let on. A religious new actress in town falls in love with her driver while both are working for Howard Hughes. One of Hughes’ rules is no romantic relationships with contract actresses. However, it looks like a lot of the movie follows the later life of Howard Hughes.
– Stars Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, and Candice Bergen. Directed by Warren Beatty. Rated PG-13.