Movie Guide: What’s playing in Aiken for the weekend of Dec. 14
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” NEW
A Brooklyn teen dons a mask and joins forces with arachnid-like superheroes from other dimensions in this animated tale. Voices by Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber. Written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman; story by Lord, based on the Marvel Comics. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rothman. (1:57) PG.
“Mortal Engines” NEW
Centuries after civilization collapsed, an enigmatic woman, an outcast and an outlaw unite to try to stop London, now a dangerous metropolis on wheels. With Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae. Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson; based on the book by Philip Reeve. Directed by Christian Rivers. (2:08) PG-13.
“The Mule” NEW
Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this tale of an octogenarian driven by financial woes to become a drug runner for a powerful Mexican cartel. With Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga. Written by Nick Schenk, inspired by an article by Sam Dolnick. (1:56) R.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
The sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph,” this time, Ralph and Vanellope explore the internet and learn to have a healthy friendship. Fun for the whole family, appropriate for kids of all ages. Maybe too intense for the youngest kids, and some jokes won’t land with kid audiences. Rated PG for some action and rude humor.
The Creed legend continues where it must in “Creed II,” with a showdown against Viktor (Romanian-German boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who killed Adonis’ father, Apollo, in the ring in “Rocky IV.” Rated PG-13 for sports action violence, language, and a scene of sensuality.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
Albus Dumbledore and his former student Newt Scamander must stop the dark wizard after he escapes custody in this second of five planned installments. With Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Jude Law, Johnny Depp. Written by J.K. Rowling. Directed by David Yates. (2:14) PG-13.
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple getting on-the-job training in parenting when they take in three foster kids. With Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Michael O’Keefe, Octavia Spencer. Written by Sean Anders, John Morris. Directed by Anders. (1:59) PG-13.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”
Benedict Cumberbatch voices the green meanie who threatens Christmas in Who-ville in this computer-animated retelling of the holiday classic. Voices by Angela Lansbury, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams. Written by Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow; based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Directed by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney. Universal Pictures