Our cheat sheet to the movies opening over the Christmas holiday week

Our cheat sheet to the movies opening over the Christmas holiday week

Movies are a good way to spend time with — or avoid — family members

Bad Santa 2

Added vulgarity doesn’t elevate this sequel or make it funnier

The Eagle Huntress

Otto Bell’s new documentary is an uplifting tale of family, female empowerment and one very large bird

Allied

Robert Zemeckis’ World War II melodrama is an old-fashioned spies-in-love tale

Bleed for This

By-the-numbers inspirational comeback film about boxer Vinny Pazienza

Certain Women

Kelly Reichardt’s latest drama looks at the daily lives of four Montana women

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

David Yates’ film opens up a new corner of the world of Harry Potter

Ice Guardians

New doc lets hockey enforcers explain why their controversial positions matter

Moana

Gorgeous digitally animated adventure tale from Disney hits the seas in the South Pacific

The Three Rivers Film Festival marks its 35th year in Pittsburgh

The schedule offers new documentaries, indie film, foreign movies and a restored silent

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve’s alien-contact think-piece encourages thoughtful communication

The Edge of Seventeen

A lively coming-of-age comedy that resolves in a positive fashion

The Love Witch

Anna Biller’s film is a kicky homage to 1960s and ’70s gloriously cheesy horror films

Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’ affecting and lyrical film tells the story of one boy’s journey into manhood and self-discovery

The Three Rivers Film Festival opens with the marriage-equality documentary The Freedom to Marry

Eddie Rosenstein’s film charts the decades-long struggle for legalizing same-sex marriage

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch in a new twist on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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