Currently playingSeptember 21, 2017
(Updated Thursday, Nov. 16)
A Bad Moms Christmas (Jasper 8 Theatres)
Where to go in the sequel to the thoroughly enjoyable ‘‘Bad Moms’’? Bring on Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon as the bad moms of the Bad Moms! Unfortunately, the inept and lazy and uninspired new movie can’t be bothered with simple things like keeping track of characters or being faithful to the events of the original. (Comedy, R, 1 hr. 44 min.)
Daddy’s Home 2 (Jasper 8 Theatres)
In this sour, cynical and profoundly unfunny sequel, touchy-feely Brad (Will Ferrell) and gruff Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) celebrate with their dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson), each an exaggerated version of his son. Much of the humor is of questionable taste at best, and hardly anybody talks or behaves in ways most of us can empathize with. (Comedy, PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.)
Justice League (Jasper 8 Theatres)
It doesn’t take much imagination to know what will happen when another evil creature sets out to destroy all worlds, but the fun is in seeing Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman teaming up with Ezra Miller’s Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. It’s a putting-the-band-together origins movie, executed with great fun and energy. (Action fantasy, PG-13, 1 hr. 59 min.)
Murder on the Orient Express (Jasper 8 Theatres)
This adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery loses steam just when it should be gaining speed and racing to its putatively shocking conclusion. Director Kenneth Branagh, who stars as Hercule Poirot, places himself front and center, unfortunately relegating just about everyone else in the all-star cast to one or at most two defining personality traits. (Mystery, PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.)
Thor: Ragnarok (Jasper 8 Theatres)
There’s a lot going on in the latest Marvel superhero movie and much of it is goofy and campy and marvelously self-referential. An outstanding cast including Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum all came to play. (Action fantasy, PG-13, 2 hrs. 10 min.)
Wonder (Jasper 8 Theatres)
What elevates this drama about a brave 10-year-old boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), born with a genetic facial deformity, is the myriad ways in which ‘‘Wonder’’ catches us just a little off-guard and puts lumps in our throats even when Auggie is off-screen. With Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. (Drama, PG, 1 hr. 53 min.)
Also showing at Jasper 8 Theatres: "The Star" and "Let There Be Light."
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