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At the Movies: December 14

"Mortal Engines"; "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"; "The Mule"…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

PG. Fantasy. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr., Rodney Rothman. 2h.

What the Internet Says

“This rousingly entertaining superhero adventure is everything a great family movie should be: laugh-out-loud funny, filled with teachable moments, and appealing to parents and kids of all ages.” – Common Sense Media

“Fresh, funny and frequently bonkers, Into the Spider-Verse is an astonishing shot of cinematic superhero adrenaline. For such an over-familiar character, somehow, this feels original and entirely new.” ­– Empire

Our Take: Marvel’s most popular superhero is back – and better than ever! Exciting, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, Into the Spider-Verse is a must-see!  

Mortal Engines

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

PG-13. Fantasy/ Science Fiction. Directed by Christian Rivers. 2h 9m.

What the Internet Says

“It rips a few too many pages from familiar playbooks, but when it indulges in its own weirdness this film casts off those heavy caterpillar tracks and soars.” – Empire

Our Take: Another captivating post-apocalyptic film to add to your move list.

The Mule

Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. When Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him.

R. Crime. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 1h 56m.

What the Internet Says

“Eastwood's good-times-seeking old-timer is a temperamental contrast to the cantankerous and insulting one he played in the smash hit Gran Torino a decade back, both written with the star in mind by Nick Schenk. Longtime fans should eat it up.” ­ – The Hollywood Reporter

“This isn’t the role that will earn Eastwood a legion of new fans, but it’s almost sure to delight those who appreciate him already.” ­– Variety

Our Take: Clint Eastwood – need we say more? We’ll be there (with popcorn).

Watch the trailer here.