New in theaters this weekend.

New in theaters:

"The Forest"

Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") stars as a woman searching for her twin sister in a mysterious forest in Japan. A supernatural thriller that's released in January? That sounds promising.

* 8 *

Alive recommends:

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Perhaps you've heard of it? I've seen it four times, and I continue to marvel at how well constructed it is. It brims with nostalgia, but it belongs to the new generation. Team Rey. (4 stars)

"The Hateful Eight"

Quentin Tarantino's latest has two of his hallmarks: lots of punchy dialogue and lots of violence. It's a Western mystery parlor game and a bloody good time. (3 1/2 stars)

"Joy"

Director David O. Russell finally has Jennifer Lawrence as his star in their frequent collaborations. I think it's a beautiful team, despite some other mixed reviews. (3 1/2 stars)