Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Sherzinger, Jermaine Clement
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall
Plot: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 97%
Critic Consensus: “With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney’s time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages”
Bad Santa 2
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen
Directed by: Mark Waters
Plot: Willie Soke gets drawn into a new heist masterminded by his mother to rob a Chicago charity loaded with money before Christmas.
RT Freshness: 25%
Critic Consensus: “Loaded up with the same scatological and misanthropic humor as its predecessor but precious little of its heart or genuine wit, Bad Santa 2 presents a foulmouthed shadow of Christmas past”
Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris, Matthew Goode
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Plot: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
RT Freshness: 65%
Critic Consensus: “Allied has its moments, but doesn’t quite achieve epic wartime romance status — a disappointment made more profound by the dazzling talent assembled on either side of the camera”
Rules Don’t Apply
Starring: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrereich, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Annette Benning
Directed by: Warren Beatty
Plot: An aspiring young actress and her ambitious young driver struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes, for whom they work.
RT Freshness: 59%
Critic Consensus: “With Rules Don’t Apply, Warren Beatty takes an overall affable — but undeniably slight — look at a corner of old Hollywood under Howard Hughes’ distinctive shadow”
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.