Steve Carell and Siobhan Williams appear in "Welcome to Marwen." (Universal Pictures)

Films opening Dec. 19-25, 2018

Aquaman: The half-man, half-Atlantean is the latest D.C. superhero to get an origin story with this underwater adventure with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman directed by James Wan. Rated PG-13.

Bird Box: In the film by Susanne Bier, Sandra Bullock plays a woman who embarks on a quest for sanctuary with her two children five years after a wave of mass suicides decimates the world’s population. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.

Bumblebee: Hailee Steinfeld stars in the 1987-set movie in which a young woman discovers that a broken down VW bug isn’t a prototypical junkyard heap — it’s a Transformer. Rated PG-13.

Capernaum: Director Nadine Labaki’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. Rated R. At the Clay.

Second Act: Jennifer Lopez stars as a working-class woman who unexpectedly breaks into the corporate world. Rated PG-13.

Mary Poppins Returns: Emily Blunt is the magical supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny in the musical sequel to the 1964 film with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke, directed by Rob Marshall. Rated PG.

Welcome to Marwen: A man seriously wounded in a vicious assault seeks healing through an elaborate art installation that pays tribute to the women in his life in the film starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monae and Gwendoline Christie and directed by Robert Zemeckis, Rated PG-13.

OPENING CHRISTMAS

Holmes & Watson: The humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries features Will Ferrell as Sherlock Holmes and John C. Reilly as Doctor Watson. Rated PG-13.

If Beale Street Could Talk: Writer-director Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) adapts James Baldwin’s 1974 novel about a Harlem woman (KiKi Layne) whose fiance (Stephan James) is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Rated R. At Alamo Drafthouse.

On the Basis of Sex: Felicity Jones stars as young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who works with her husband Martin (Armie Hammer) to bring a groundbreaking case of gender discrimination before the Supreme Court. Rated PG-13. At the Kabuki.

Vice: Christian Bale portrays Dick Cheney in the film by Adam McKay which shows how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush. Rated R.

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