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New movies opening in FM this holiday weekend

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour." Jack English, Focus Features1 / 8
Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis star in "Downsizing." Paramount Pictures2 / 8
Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle". Frank Masi / Sony Pictures3 / 8
A scene from the film "Pitch Perfect 3". Quantrell D. Colbert / Universal Pictures4 / 8
Dave Franco and James Franco star in "The Disaster Artist." Justina Mintz, A245 / 8
Hugh Jackman stars in the film "The Greatest Showman". Niko Tavernise / Twentieth Century Fox6 / 8
From left, Owen Wilson plays Kyle Reynolds, Ed Helms stars as Peter Reynolds and Terry Bradshaw is himself in the film, "Father Figures". Warner Bros. Pictures7 / 8
Christopher Plummer plays J. Paul Getty in the film, "All the Money in the World". Giles Keyte8 / 8

The big holiday weekend means big movie openings.

If your family likes to celebrate the holidays with a cinematic experience, here are the movies opening locally this weekend, as well as a couple of others that recently premiered in the area.

"Darkest Hour"

Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

Call it the flip side of "Dunkirk." Opening in early May 1940 - just before Winston Churchill was named prime minister of Britain - this period drama tracks, in minute detail, the backroom strategizing that took place as Parliament and Churchill's war cabinet struggled to find a way to rescue British soldiers stranded on the beach at Dunkirk. In its essence, "Darkest Hour" - which boasts an award-worthy performance by Oldman as Churchill - is about the buildup to a single speech: Churchill's "We shall fight on the beaches" address to the House of Commons on June 4, 1940, which galvanized the nation for the coming Battle of Britain. (Dec. 8, PG-13)

Theaters: Fargo Theatre

Rating: PG-13

Time: 125 minutes

Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis star in "Downsizing." Paramount Pictures

"Downsizing"

Cast: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis

Social satirist Alexander Payne has turned his magnifying glass on the Midwest ("Nebraska"), Hawaii ("The Descendants") and California wine country ("Sideways"). In "Downsizing," he tackles the whole planet. Written with longtime collaborator Jim Taylor, this futuristic fantasy imagines a world in which people can opt to miniaturize themselves to the size of dolls as a solution to the Earth's overpopulation crisis. As Damon's character finds out when he agrees to undergo the procedure, when one man shrinks, his problems grow, along with the size - metaphorically - of his heart . (Dec. 22, not yet rated)

Theaters: West Acres Cinema and Century 10

Rating: R

Time: 135 minutes

 Welcome to the Jungle". Frank Masi / Sony

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

When four high schoolers find an old video game, they are transported to the game's jungle setting and become the avatars they've selected. They quickly realize they must play Jumanji — and survive it. To do so, they have to embark on a dangerous journey that will lead them to discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago and change how they think about themselves before they are trapped forever in the game.

Theaters: West Acres Cinema and Century 10

Rating: PG-13

Time: 119 minutes

A scene from the film "Pitch Perfect 3". Quantrell D. Colbert / Universal Pictures

"Pitch Perfect 3"

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

After winning the world championships, the Bellas quickly discover a lack of job prospects for making music with your mouth are slim, plus they're all separated. But a reunion for an overseas USO tour brings the ladies back together to make some music (and a few questionable decision) one final time.

Theaters: West Acres Cinema and Century 10

Rating: PG-13

Time: 93 minutes

Dave Franco and James Franco star in "The Disaster Artist." Justina Mintz, A24

"The Disaster Artist"

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zoey Deutch, Alison Brie

Is it possible to make a good movie about a bad one? A very, very, bad (yet hysterically funny) one? Based on the 2013 book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell about Sestero's experience as an actor in "The Room" - a film that has been called "the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies" - "The Disaster Artist" stars James Franco as the cult film's enigmatically accented writer, director, star and producer, Tommy Wiseau. You'll probably want to bone up on the source material - meaning Wiseau's film, if not the book - first. It's frequent midnight-movie fodder. (Dec. 1, R)

Theaters: Fargo Theatre

Rating: R

Time: 98 minutes

Hugh Jackman stars in the film "The Greatest Showman". Niko Tavernise / Twentieth Century Fox

"The Greatest Showman"

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams

This musical reimagining of the story of P.T. Barnum and his birth of the circus as a business tells of a visionary man who came from nothing and created a worldwide sensation we still enjoy today.

Theaters: West Acres Cinema

Rating: PG

Time: 105 minutes

Owen Wilson plays Kyle Reynolds, Ed Helms stars as Peter Reynolds and Terry Bradshaw is himself in the film, "Father Figures".

"Father Figures"

Cast: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons, Glenn Close

Two brothers, Kyle and Peter Reynolds, discover their eccentric mother lied to them out their supposedly deceased father and set out on an adventure to find their father. Along the way, they meet men from her past who offer a little more insight into their mother than they would prefer to know.

Theaters: West Acres Cinema and Century 10

Rating: R

Time: 117 minutes

Christopher Plummer plays J. Paul Getty in the film, "All the Money in the World". Giles Keyte

"All the Money in the World"

Cast: Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer, Mark Wahlberg

When 16-year-old John Paul Getty III is kidnapped, his desperate mother Gail must convince his billionaire grandfather (and her ex-father-in-law) to pay the ransom. He refuses, so Gail teams up with Getty's advisor in a race against time to save her son's life.

Theaters: West Acres Cinema

Rating: R

Time: 132 minutes

Note: Opens Dec. 25

Danielle Teigen

Danielle Teigen is from South Dakota, but she headed north to attend North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and management communication. She worked for Forum Communications first in 2007 as an intern and part-time reporter. Later, she served as editor for two local magazines before switching gears for marketing and public relations roles for an engineering firm and the chamber of commerce.  She returned to Forum Communications in May 2015 as a digital content manager and is currently the Deputy Editor.  She is originally from Turton, S.D., and is the author of "Hidden History of Fargo".

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