“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” The chatty chipmunks accompany their live-action pal (Jason Lee) on a trip to Miami. 86 minutes (PG)

“The Big Short” Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt are part of the large ensemble cast in director Adam McKay’s rollicking, dense comedy about the 2008 financial market crash. 130 minutes (R)

“Concussion” Will Smith stars as the physician who discovered a pattern of brain injuries among NFL players. 123 minutes (PG-13)

“Carol” Impeccably acted by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in love, with an exquisite look captured by cinematographer Ed Lachman, “Carol” has been made under the complete and total control of Todd Haynes, a gifted director who always knows what he’s doing. 118 minutes (R).

“Daddy’s Home” A mild-mannered stepfather (Will Ferrell) must compete for the attention of his kids with their biological, much-cooler dad (Mark Wahlberg). 96 minutes (PG-13)

“The Danish Girl” Eddie Redmayne stars as a man who embarks on a transgender voyage. Alicia Vikander co-stars as his supportive wife. 119 minutes (R)


“The Forest” Despite dire warnings, a young American enters Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing sister and encounters the malevolent souls of the dead. With Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. Written by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, based on an idea by David S. Goyer. Directed by Jason Zada. 93 mintues (PG-13)

“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 Hateful Eight” An ultrawide bore, writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War picture, set largely in a Wyoming roadhouse with a blizzard raging outside, is not so much a shoot-’em-up (though the violence is outlandishly rough when it comes) as a guess-’em-up.187 minutes (R)

“Joy” Director David O. Russell (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) reunites with his muse Jennifer Lawrence for this story of a woman who becomes the matriarch of a powerful business family. 124 minutes (PG-13)

“Norm of the North” Rob Schneider and Heather Graham provide the voices for this animated tale of a polar bear that travels to New York City. 86 minutes (PG)

“The Revenant” Oscar-winning director Alejandro Innaritu is up to his old pretentious tricks, but his wilderness survival tale is saved by a potent performance by Leonardo DiCaprio and brilliant cinematography by Emmanuel Lubetzki. 156 mintues (R)


“The Ride Along 2” Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reunite for the further misadventures of two bickering brothers-in-law. 101 minutes (PG-13)

“Sisters” Two siblings (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) throw one last bash at the house they grew up in before their parents sell it to new owners. 118 minutes (R)

“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)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakening” J.J. Abrams takes over for George Lucas in the continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a host of new characters we know nothing about. 135 minutes (PG-13)

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Michael Bay (“Transformers”) directs this adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction book about the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department office in Libya. 144 minutes (R)

— Compiled from wire reports

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