Challenges the kind of by-the-numbers approach that has dominated multiplex fare this year; it is brave, unconventional, and unique.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Animated/Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Aimyon, ...

"The Boy and the Heron" is a wonderful gift for everyone who expected "The Wind Rises" to be the swansong of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Bloody Violence, Drugs)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: John Woo
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Kid Cudi, ...

"Silent Night" is the antithesis of fun. Whatever the director is trying to do with the movie, it makes it for one big lump of coal in the 2023 cinematic stocking.

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Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando

"Godzilla Minus One" is not just a good Godzilla movie. It is an excellent Godzilla movie – arguably among the best ever to grace the screen.

With its offbeat blend of warped humor, dramatic/horror elements, and social commentary, "Dream Scenario" may not always be comfortable but it is undeniably provocative.

The film is just bonkers enough to be wildly entertaining and completely disturbing in equal parts.

Run Time: 2:37
U.S. Release Date: 2023-11-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahir Rahim, Ben Miles, Matthew Needham, Rupert Everett, Anna Mawn

This portrait of Napoleon is more muddled than nuanced, interweaving impeccably recreated battle sequences with soap opera-ish romantic angst.

Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2023-11-22
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
Cast: Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Jennifer Kumiyama

This may be the worst major animated film Disney has released in the past 40 years and its lack of creative energy doesn’t augur well for the immediate future.

It will fill the bellies of those yearning for inventive killings and a menu of viscera.

If someone was going to make a "Hunger Games" prequel, this is about the best one might hope for.