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Journey to Bethlehem (PG)

Nativity musical has humor, religion, hope; some peril.

“Journey to Bethlehem” is a musical retelling of the biblical story of Jesus’ delivery. Combining basic Christmas songs and unique fashionable pop fare, the movie weaves collectively the views of courageous younger Mary (Fiona Palomo); her compassionate betrothed, Joseph (Milo Manheim); the jealous and vindictive King Herod (Antonio Banderas); and Herod’s conflicted son, Antipater (Joel Smallbone). There’s some peril and violence, in addition to transient moments of disgrace, betrayal and confusion over Mary’s being pregnant. Joseph and Mary flirt, maintain palms, embrace, kiss on the cheek and, in a single scene, briefly kiss on the lips. In a single musical quantity, two variations of Joseph struggle one another. Herod instructs his son to trace down all of the pregnant girls and new child infants in Bethlehem and kill them if he can’t discover the prophesied future king. Herod’s troopers threaten and arrest residents, and he’s identified to torture them. The king additionally drinks wine, and there’s a jokey reference to a donkey’s different identify (“a–”). Whereas the film has themes of compassion, empathy, teamwork and perseverance, it falls brief on the illustration entrance, with historic Center Jap folks largely portrayed by White European and American actors. (98 minutes)

Teamwork, motion violence in enjoyable, woman-centered MCU story.

“The Marvels” is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film that brings collectively the heroes of “Captain Marvel,” “Ms. Marvel” and “WandaVision.” Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) should determine how their powers have gotten entangled in order that they will work collectively to cease the Kree from destroying different planets. Though there’s loads of motion violence and peril, plus a smattering of robust language (principally “s—” and “rattling”), this film is much less intense and bloodily violent than another MCU movies. Count on a lot of fights (with weapons together with laser weapons, spears, knives and extra) between the three superheroes and the first villain and her minions. There are additionally moments of large-scale devastation when planets are stripped of air, water and extra — typically earlier than all their inhabitants may be evacuated or saved. This woman-centered story provides constructive messages concerning the energy and energy of teamwork and feminine friendship. Plus, the movie’s behind-the-scenes credit embody a feminine director, co-writers, composer and extra. (105 minutes)

Lego Marvel Avengers: Code Purple (TV-Y7-FV)

Motion-packed particular has humor, constructive messages.

“Lego Marvel Avengers: Code Purple” is an action-adventure sequence. It’s obtained the kind of cartoonish battle scenes you’d anticipate from an animated Avengers sequence, but additionally some priceless classes about communication and perfectionism. That being mentioned, two characters are proven preventing over a toy after which throwing it on the road and strolling away firstly of the particular. Dad and mom must also observe that an ongoing joke issues whether or not Santa is actual, and he truly reveals up and will get in on one of many battles close to the top of the particular. (46 minutes)

Accessible on Disney Plus.

Peter and the Wolf (TV-PG)

Animated adaptation of basic story has grief, peril.

“Peter and the Wolf” is an Irish brief movie providing a brand new model of the basic fairy story a couple of boy coping with the lack of a mother or father who confronts a harmful wolf. The animation is predicated on unique illustrations by the musician Bono. The boy, Peter, places himself in a harmful scenario by venturing into the woods at evening to seize the wolf, who can also be being shot at by native hunters. Grandpa is frightened about Peter, whose grief manifests itself in emotions of disappointment, anger and loneliness. Peter learns concerning the pure world by watching animals outdoors his backyard. One animal is eaten by the wolf. Peter shows empathy and kindness on the finish of the movie, which helps him along with his grief. (33 minutes)

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