New movie releases for the weekend of December 4

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

New in theaters:


The legendary beast of European folklore comes to the screen in this Christmastime horror-comedy. You better watch out.


The latest film from director Spike Lee gives Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" a modern twist, as women aim to end the cycle of Chicago gang violence by abstaining from sex.

"Uncle Nick"

An indie comedy in the vein of "Bad Santa," Brian Posehn plays the drunken uncle who ruins a family Christmas. Oh, and it's also related to the Cleveland Indians infamous 10-cent Beer Night, somehow.

"Bikes vs. Cars"

This documentary will be right in the wheelhouse of lovers of Columbus' bike culture as it looks at the conflicts faced in city planning for cyclist concerns.

"I Am Thor"

This rock doc looks at the comeback attempt of Jon Mikl Thor, a body-building Canadian who never quite made it with his namesake metal band in the '70s and '80s.

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Also playing:


Breakout child star Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement," "Hanna") is receiving well-deserved raves for her performance in this warm and welcoming story of an Irish immigrant. (3 1/2 stars)

"The Good Dinosaur"

Too close on the heels of the amazing "Inside Out," this feels like a second-tier offering from Pixar, despite some really breathtaking visuals. (2 1/2 stars)

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Alive recommends:


Another week, another urging to see "Room." Don't let this fall off your radar. It gets tears without being a downer and is ultimately uplifting. Promise.