Other new movie releases for the weekend of December 16

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

Limited screenings:


The Gateway Film Center's Holiday Classics series is bringing a number of great films to the big screen (including a 35mm presentation of "It's a Wonderful Life"), but I'll opt for Gizmo and Co. The one showing takes place Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 p.m.

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Alive recommends:

"Manchester By the Sea"

Director Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited third film may be his best, a touching and deeply human tale of a janitor (Casey Affleck) taking unexpected guardianship of his teen nephew. (4 stars)

"Nocturnal Animals"

Fashion designer Tom Ford's second feature film may divide audiences with its layered narrative, but it's worth it for the great performances alone. (3 ½ stars)


Walt Disney Animation's latest female protagonist stars in a Polynesian tale of a teenager (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho) on a mission to save her people. It also features songs from "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (3 ½ stars)


A tale told in three acts of a young African-American man's life, this is a moving and deeply human look at life and love. One of the year's best and so relevant now. (4 stars)


"Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve delivers a thinking woman's sci-fi movie that combines heady themes with a sense of wonder. Amy Adams stars. (3 ½ stars)

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Also in theaters:

"Office Christmas Party"

A solid ensemble comedy built around an office holiday party gone wild. It'll scratch your comedy itch, but is never as laugh-out-loud funny as it should be. (2 ½ stars)

"The Eagle Huntress"

This visually stirring documentary follows a 13-year-old Kazakh girl as she trains to become the first female eagle hunter in a 12-generation family tradition. Daisy Ridley narrates.