The Man Who Invented Christmas

NEW YORK  — Its rather ill-chosen title notwithstanding, “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bleecker Street) involves no denial of the Nativity. Instead, this charming fact-based historical drama … Read More

Coco

NEW YORK — Will “Coco” (Disney) be your cup of tea? That largely depends on how well equipped you are to interpret this visually rich animated fantasy’s … Read More

Wonder

NEW YORK — “Wonder” (Lionsgate) is a beautiful film about ugliness. Its protagonist is August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy born with facial deformities whose … Read More

The Star

NEW YORK — A holiday treat suitable for all but the tiniest, “The Star” (Sony) is a delightful animated version of the Christmas story told from the … Read More

Novitiate

NEW YORK — Writer-director Margaret Betts takes a stab at a genre that always seems to fascinate people, even those with no religious affiliation: nun movies. Unfortunately, … Read More

Daddy’s Home 2

NEW YORK — Silly slapstick predominates in “Daddy’s Home 2” (Paramount). Though this follow-up to the 2015 comedy about the blending pains of a post-divorce family is … Read More

Thor: Ragnarok

NEW YORK — There’s plenty of combat but relatively little bloodletting in the sweeping Marvel Comics adaptation “Thor: Ragnarok” (Disney). So at least some parents may deem … Read More

A Bad Moms Christmas

NEW YORK — Aggressive vulgarity is the incongruous hallmark of the holiday-themed sequel “A Bad Moms Christmas” (STX). Like a stocking stuffed full of nasty surprises, the … Read More

Suburbicon

NEW YORK  — Corruption lurking under the placid surface of life in the suburbs is hardly a new theme. But the image of universal middle-class depravity presented … Read More

The Snowman

NEW YORK — Though it presents itself as a complex, thinking person’s thriller, “The Snowman” (Universal), director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s best-selling crime novel, is … Read More