On DVD and pay-per-view December 11
The Equalizer 2 (R) Action –Retired secret agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) continues to stand up for ordinary people who are threatened by criminals and governments. Director Antoine Fuqua is again at the helm.
Peppermint (R) Action – Soccer mom Jennifer Garner sets out for revenge against the drug gang that killed her family.
Smallfoot (PG) Animated musical – Yetis live high in the mountains and think that human “smallfeet” are legendary monsters. Good animation, catchy tunes. With the voices of Danny DeVito and LeBron James.
In theaters Wednesday December 12
Once Upon a Deadpool (PG-13) Action fantasy – Deadpool 2 has been re-edited to a more family-friendly level of violence and profanity. In theaters Friday December 14
The Favourite (R) Historical comedy/drama – Cousins Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone become intimate with Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman). Off-beat Oscar contender.
Mortal Engines (PG-13) Fantasy – In a post-apocalyptic future, trouble brews within moving cities. From producer Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings).
The Mule (R) Drama – Clint Eastwood (who also directed) plays a World War II veteran who was forced by financial setbacks to become a drug mule. Based on a true story. Another Oscar dark horse.
Roma (R) Drama – Writer/director Alfonso Cuaron tells an autobiographical story of growing up in Mexico City during the 1970s. Beautifully filmed in black and white. Strong Oscar contender.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (PG) Animation – A new Spider-Man must deal with the Spider-Verse where multiple Spider-Men exist.
Special screening Monday December 17
They Shall Not Grow Old (not rated) Documentary – Peter Jackson’s (Lord of the Rings) production company has colorized film footage of British troops in World War I
On DVD and pay-per-view December 18
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG) Fantasy – Young Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) in a mysterious mansion and inadvertently awakens evil warlocks and wizards. With Cate Blanchett. Directed by Eli Roth.
The Predator (R) SF/horror – He’s baaack… 31 years later, the series is reinvented by its creator, writer/director Shane Black. With Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane and Olivia Munn.
A Simple Favor (R) Suspense – After Blake Lively disappears from their small town, her best friend Anna Kendrick investigates.
Venom (R) SF Action – Tom Hardy merges with an alien lifeform that occasionally takes over his body. An evil corporation wants the critter.