Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges play mother and son in "Ben Is Back," writer-director Peter Hedges’ story of the Christmastime homecoming of a young man with substance abuse issues. (Courtesy Roadside Attractions)

Films opening Thursday-Friday, Dec. 13-14, 2018

Bathtubs Over Broadway: Late-night TV comedy writer Steve Young stumbles upon the strange world of corporate musicals in the documentary with appearances by Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Jello Biafra and others. Rated PG-13. At the Opera Plaza.

Ben Is Back: Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star in writer-director Peter Hedges’ story of the Christmastime homecoming of a young man with substance abuse issues. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Bird Box: Sandra Bullock stars as 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 in the film by Susanne Bier. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.

Mary Queen of Scots: The young regent (Saoirse Ronan) challenges rival Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) for the English throne in the film based on a book by John Guy and directed by Josie Rourke. Rated R.

Mortal Engines: A mysterious young woman emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels taking down everything in its path in the action-fantasy directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers. Rated PG-13.

The Mule: Clint Eastwood directs and stars in the film inspired by the true story of an American World War II veteran in his 80s who became an international drug dealer and courier. Rated R.

Never-Ending Man-Hayao Miyazaki: The Japanese documentary directed by Kaku Arakawa follows the Academy Award-winning animator and filmmaker in the wake of his decision to retire. Rated PG. At the Roxie.

Once Upon a Deadpool: The movie is a family-friendly, censored version of the R-rated “Deadpool 2,” with the addition of Fred Savage, whose part is similar to his role in “The Princess Bride.” Rated PG-13.

The Quake: In the Norwegian film by John Andreas Andersen, a geologist attempts to rescue his scattered family after a massive earthquake strikes Oslo. Rated PG-13. At the Clay.

Spiderman-Into the Spider-Verse: The ingeniously animated film introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and endless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the superhero mask. Rated PG.

They Shall Not Grow Old: Oscar-winner Peter Jackson’s documentary about soldiers and events of World War I uses film footage captured at the time and restored using state-of-the-art colorization and 3D technologies. Dec. 17 and Dec. 27 only at AMC Theaters.

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