Short takes

"Justice League"

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Nov. 17) are:

Justice League: Move o'er Thor and Hulk, here come these guys, from that other superhero stable. Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, enlists the help of his newfound ally and recent summer box office queen, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta-humans, including Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller). Amy Adams, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Billy Crudup and Jesse Eisenberg co-star.

The Star: In which a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free ... leading to that animation staple, the odyssey, along with some newfound cohorts, herein including a lovable sheep who's lost her flock and a dove with lofty aspirations. Not to mention three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals. But no partridge in a pear tree. Yet it still turns out to be very much a Christmas story. THE Christmas story, in fact. Vocals by Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.

Wonder: Based on the New York Times bestseller, the true-life story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a boy born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Until now ... as he enters the local fifth grade, with some powerful dramatic consequences. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents; Stephen ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") Chbosky directs.

Film clips 

Winging it: The latest edition of Movies at the Dome returns to the McLean County Museum of History's Governor Fifer Courtroom, tied to the centennial of World War I. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be the 1927 silent classic, Wings, the first movie ever awarded a Best Picture Oscar. Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Charles "Buddy" Rogers and an impossibly young Gary Cooper star; WWI vet and former flying ace William A. Wellman directed. Admission is free.  

Riffing it: The latest offering in the monthly Further Jazz Inc. series at the Normal Theater, complete with live music before the movie, screens at 7 p.m. Friday: Calle 54, a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the "godfather of Latin music," Tito Puente and other greats, including Eliane Elias, Gato Barbieri and Paquito D'Rivera. Performing before the movie will be the U of I's Latin Jazz Ensemble.

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