* “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg’s superior directing skills and fine acting from Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance do the trick in this espionage thriller about a successful insurance lawyer who has to defend a Soviet spy and then attempt to trade him to the Russians for one of ours. 135 minutes (PG-13)

“Brooklyn” In the 1950s, a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) leaves her mother and Irish homeland behind to pursue the American dream.111 minutes (PG-13)

“Creed” Sylvester Stallone relinquishes the creative reins of his most beloved character for the first time. Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogle takes over and finds out what happens when Rocky Balboa becomes a trainer and mentor to the up-and-coming boxer Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Balboa’s former opponent Apollo Creed. 132 minutes (PG-13)

“The Forbidden Room” A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that’s been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears. 130 minutes (NR)

“The Good Dinosaur” Pixar Animation’s second feature film this year (after “Inside Out”) finds out what would have happened if the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs never hit our planet. 100 minutes (PG)

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” Civil war finally breaks out, with grim consequences, in the final chapter of the film series based on Suzanne Collins’ novels. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutchinson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) lead the charge against the villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland). 137 mkinutes (PG-13)

“In the Heart of the Sea” Chris Hemsworth is among the sailors of the doomed whaling vessel whose real-life exploits inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.” 121 minutes (PG-13)

“Krampus” Adam Scott and Toni Collette are the parents of a little boy who accidentally summons a Christmas demon to their home. Because even the holidays can use a little horror. 98 minutes (PG-13)

“Love the Coopers” Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie and Amanda Seyfried are among the members of four generations of a family who reunite to celebrate Christmas. Adorable hijinks and heartwarming melodrama ensue. 120 minutes (PG-13)

* “The Martian” Matt Damon is an astronaut stranded on Mars, and Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor are among the NASA employees trying to get him home safely in director Ridley Scott’s thrilling adaptation of Andy Weir’s best-selling novel. 141 minutes (PG-13)

“The Night Before” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie are three longtime friends who celebrate Christmas Eve every year by heading out on a rampage of R-rated debauchery. 101 minutes (R)

“The Peanuts Movie” Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. 93 minutes (G)

“Room” Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, “Room” is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all — his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. 113 minutes (R)

“Spectre” Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, and he’s bringing his “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes with him in the latest (and, at two and a half hours, longest) 007 installment. 148 minutes (PG-13)

“Spotlight” The saga of how the Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for uncovering sexual abuse by Catholic priests, the film is mightily impressive not only because of the importance of the story it tells but also because of how much effort and skill went into bringing it to the screen in the best possible way 128 minutes (R)

“Suffragette” Though ably acted (especially by star Carey Mulligan) and indisputably on the side of the angels, this story of a wife and mother completely radicalized by the women’s suffrage movement is also more dead-on earnest and schematic than it needs to be. 107 minutes (PG-13)

* “The 33” Patricia Riggen (“Under the Same Moon”) directs this drama recounting the harrowing experiences of a group of 33 men who were trapped underground after the collapse of a Chilean mine. 127 minutes (PG-13)

“Trumbo” The film paints an engaging portrait of a left-wing crusader toiling in one of Hollywood’s most shameful eras, managing to re-create both the glamour and the oppressive mood of post-World War II America. 124 minutes (R)

* “2001: A Space Odyssey” Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. 149 minutes (G)

* “Victor Frankenstein” James McAvoy is the mad scientist with a God complex and Daniel Radcliffe is his loyal assistant, Igor, in this new take on Mary Shelley’s classic monster. 109 minutes (PG)

— Compiled from wire reports

* Ends Thursday


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