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Movie openings: 'Darkest Hour,' 'Jumanji,' 'Pitch Perfect 3'

"All the Money in the World." Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Plummer. Directed by Ridley Scott. The true story behind the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s efforts to get his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. 132 minutes.

Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content. Opens Dec. 25 at Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center.

"The Darkest Hour." Starring Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. Directed by Joe Wright. Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. Showing at Regal Quaker Crossing and Dipson Amherst and Eastern Hills.

"Until this year, perhaps the greatest piece of moviemaking about Dunkirk was only part of a movie: It was a breathtaking sequence of the massive World War II evacuation, filmed in one astonishing five-minute take that dramatically punctuated the movie 'Atonement,' directed by Joe Wright.

Now Wright returns with a fully fledged Dunkirk film: 'Darkest Hour' is already receiving awards chatter for Gary Oldman’s deliciously crafty portrayal of the film’s main subject, a newly minted British prime minister named Winston Churchill. But this isn’t just film-as-backdrop for a towering central performance." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ★ ★ ★ ★

"Downsizing." Starring Matt Damon, Kristin Wiig. Directed by Alexander Payne. 135 minutes. Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center. "Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing' is a tour-de-force.

Everyone pretty much knows that coming in, i.e. when you sit in a moviehouse where a whole alternative society has been created for humans five inches tall, you jolly well know you're going to see amazing things. And so you do. Especially when you see the two human worlds co-existing side by side: the mini-world and the full-size world of the rest of us who are heedlessly consuming so many of the world's resources." - Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News ★ ★ ★ ½

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"Father Figures." Starring Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, Ed Helms. Directed by Lawrence Sher. Learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road to find him. 113 minutes. Rated R for language and sexual references throughout. Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center.

"The Greatest Showman." Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya. Directed by Michael Gracey. A musical celebration of P.T. Barnum and the birth of show business. 105 minutes. Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl. Now showing at Dipson Eastern Hill, AMC Maple Ridge, Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center.

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Alex Wolff, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale star in loose remake of film about a game come to life. Directed by Jake Kasdan. 119 minutes. Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language. Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center.

"Don’t consider this a straight remake of the 1995 Robin Williams board game adventure film. This is more of spiritual sequel or reimagining. If it was a jungle in there for Williams, it’s a jungle out there for Dwayne Johnson and pals in this video game-inspired romp. ...It's a one-joke movie, relying on physical stereotypes, but thanks to impeccable casting and fun performances, that joke is executed very well.

"Black, in particular, is genius in his expression of the annoying, self-obsessed teen hottie, and Johnson has always had a knack for playing against type." - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service ★ ★

"Pitch Perfect 3." Starring Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by Trish Sie. Following their win at the world championship, the Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. 93 minutes. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some action. Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing and Transit Center.

"The Shape of Water." Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. An other-worldly fairy tale about a mute cleaning lady who forges a bond with a fish-like man who is part of a government experiment. 123 minutes. (Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language.) Opens Friday at Dipson Amherst and Eastern Hills.

"It was one of the secretly sublime moments in all of 1950s movies. The movie was Jack Arnold’s 1954 monster classic, 'The Creature from The Black Lagoon,' a B-movie in which only a fool could have predicted it would have a moment of the sublime. But there it was: in a scene where the ugly Gill-Man has been hiding, the movie’s star, Julie Adams, decides to have a consummately graceful swim. The creature is obviously thunderstruck by the beauty of the human on top of the water. As we watch the two of them in the same immortal shot, they do a kind of ballet in the water to signify the monster’s enchantment.

"Fast-forward 63 years to 'The Shape of Water,' in which the movie-besotted Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro finally had the glorious chutzpah to imagine onscreen what Arnold could only suggest in 1954 – an actual love affair between the beauty and the beast."- Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News ★ ★ ★ ½

'The Shape of Water' is an audacious homage to a ’50s classic

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