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Without jettisoning the tropes and clichés of the disaster film genre ,"The Wave" provides a little more intelligence and drama.

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Animated/Drama
Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan

Charlie Kaufman at his best and worst, but at the very least a discussion-worthy animated feature.

The story is quirky and offbeat but the dialogue and acting set Joy up as an engaging late-year repast.

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2015-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Peter Landesman
Cast: Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, David Morse, Luke Wilson

"Concussion" isn’t always brilliant but it’s compelling enough that the lesser scenes are easily ignored.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2015-12-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda

Slow and dreamy but never boring - the acting is too good and the images too beguiling for that.

A solid space opera spectacle with enough nostalgia to overpower even the most hard-hearted child of the ‘70s and ‘80s but it relies a little too much on recycling old plot elements.

As a way to bridge the gap between the Thanksgiving releases and the Biggest Movie Event of 2015, it’s a solid option.

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch

The performances, Alicia Vikander’s in particular, are where "The Danish Girl" shines.

Overplotted and at least 20 minutes too long, the film opens big, slogs through its middle act, and recovers for a rousing conclusion.

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-06
MPAA Rating: "G"
Genre: Animated
Director: Steve Martino
Cast: (voices) Noah Schnapp, Alexander Garfin, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi, Venus Schultheis, Mariel Sheets

To those with even a limited exposure to Peanuts over the years, this will feel like a homecoming.