Last week, Dec. 15
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"; "Ferdinand"; "Permanent"
This week, Dec. 22
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (Sony/Columbia), PG-13, 119 minutes
About — Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose; Stars — Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black; Director — Jake Kasdan
"The Greatest Showman" (20th Century Fox), PG, 105 minutes
About — Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, it's an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a worldwide spectacle; Stars — Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya; Director — Michael Gracey
"Pitch Perfect 3" (Universal), PG-13, 93 minutes
About — Following their win at the world championships, the newly separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but they face a group that uses both instruments and voices; Stars — Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld; Director — Trish Sie
"Downsizing" (Paramount Pictures), R, 135 minutes
About — It's a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself; Stars — Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig; Director — Alexander Payne
"Father Figures" (WB), R, 113 minutes
About — Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him; Stars — Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, Ed Helms; Director — Lawrence Sher
"The Post" (20th Century Fox), PG-13, 115 minutes
About — A cover-up that spanned four U.S. presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government; Stars — Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk; Director — Steven Spielberg
"Hostiles" (Entertainment Studios), R, 133 minutes
About — In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory; Stars — Timothee Chalamet, Rosamund Pike, Christian Bale, Paul Anderson; Director — Scott Cooper
Next week, Dec. 29
"All the Money in the World"; "Molly's Game"; "Phantom Thread"
Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB, www.imdb.com
The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:
1. "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
2. "Wonder Woman"
3. "Wind River"
4. "American Assassin"
5. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
6. "War for the Planet of the Apes"
8. "Baby Driver"
9. "Cars 3"
10. "Home Alone"
Other recent favorites: "The Dark Tower"; "The Emoji Movie"; "The House"; "The Glass Castle"
• "Animated Christmas 6," at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., features a collection of animated 16mm winter holiday films from collector Greg Hamilton and VHS rarities courtesy of Re-Run Theater programmer Nick Wells. They screen at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. The lineup: "The Snowman"; "How the Animals Discovered Christmas"; "Holidayland"; "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol"; "The Christmas Victor"; "The Little King: Christmas Night." For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
• Maybe the most classic holiday movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" screens at the Hollywood Theatre, 2 p.m. Sunday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. It's the story of George Bailey (James Stewart), and how he wished he had never been born, and an angel (Henry Travers) sent to Earth to make his wish come true. Ultimately, George realizes how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he weren't there. It co-stars Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, and it's directed by Frank Capra. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.