New in Theaters:
“The Possession of Hannah Grace”
Watching the trailer for this new horror flick left me with one big question: Why is it always young white women who end up getting possessed?
More commonly known as Human Clay, the sophomore album from Creed, released in 1999, sold more than 11 million units in the U.S., reaching the top of the Billboard 200 charts behind singles such as “My Sacrifice.” (3 stars)
“Green Book” has been criticized for flattening issues of race, burying a shameful national history of segregation beneath a flimsy, feel-good comedy. I fully expect it to get an Oscar nod.
This is currently atop my must-see list, which means I've been avoiding spoilers, which means I'm just typing filler copy right now because I'm determined not to have this film ruined. Also, Steve McQueen, who directed “Widows,” is consistently great.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
This sequel to the children's film “Wreck-It Ralph” takes its title from a phrase once printed on a magazine cover below Kim Kardashian-West's bare butt and finds its titular character exploring some of the darker corners of the worldwide web.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
While there are moments of drama and twists worthy of a gasp or two, “Grindelwald” still feels like an appendix (the book kind, although this one also might need to be removed). (2 stars)
The original “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” remains, arguably, my favorite holiday special. This means my expectations are elevated for this new animated adaptation, which finds the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.
As is often the case with an actor-turned-director (particularly one with his range), Paul Dano pulls magnificent performances from his cast. That, along with beautiful cinematography and a patient-but-not-slow pace, makes “Wildlife” a magnificent debut. (4 stars)