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Movie listings: 'Three Billboards,' holiday films and more

Frances McDormand stars in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," showing Friday in Duluth. imdb.com

Opening Friday

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon—an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence—gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated. R, run time 1:55, Duluth 10, Zinema 2

"Elf"

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. PG, run time 1:35, Lakes 10

"It's a Wonderful Life"

After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. PG, run time 2:15, Lakes 10

"Novitiate"

A 17-year-old trains to become a nun as the Roman Catholic Church undergoes radical changes in the early 1960s. R, run time 2:03, Lakes 10

"Polar Express"

An inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. G, run time 1:40, Lakes 10

Also showing

"A Bad Mom's Christmas"

Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn't hard enough, they'll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective mothers when they come to visit. R, run time 1:44, Duluth 10, Lakes 10

"Coco"

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. PG, run time 1:49, Premiere, Duluth 10, Lakes 10

"Daddy's Home 2"

Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmas time perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad and Brad's gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down. PG-13, run time 1:45, Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

"Justice League"

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash—it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. PG-13, run time 1:59, Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

"Lady Bird"

Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her—loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated. R, run time 1:33, Duluth 10

"Murder on the Orient Express"

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone's a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. PG-13, run time 1:55, Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

"Roman J. Israel, ESQ,"

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man's former students — the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) — and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman's career to the test. PG-13, run time 2:09, Duluth 10

"The Star"

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, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas. PG, run time 1:26, Duluth 10, Lakes 10

"Thor: Ragnarok"

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization. PG-13, run time 2:10, Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

"Wonder"

Based on the New York Times bestseller, "Wonder" tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. PG, run time 1:53, Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

Summaries from IMDb and official movie websites.

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