Editor’s note: Michael Phillips is chief movie critic for the Chicago Tribune. Additional reviews are provided by Advocate staff and news services.

Films are awarded:

HHHH — Excellent

HHH — Good

HH — Fair

H — Poor

Other ratings — These are assigned by the Motion Picture Association of America. A G rating means all ages admitted; PG means parental guidance suggested because some material may be unsuitable for children; PG-13 strongly cautions parents that some material may be inappropriate for children younger than 13; R requires accompanying parent or adult guardian for those younger than 17; NC-17 refuses admission to anyone younger than 17.

AREA THEATERS

  • AMC CLEARVIEW PALACE 12: Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. (504) 887-1257. amctheatres.com
  • AMC ELMWOOD PALACE 20: 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. (504) 733-2029, amctheatres.com.
  • AMC WESTBANK PALACE 16: 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Gretna. (504) 263-2298. amctheatres.com.
  • CHALMETTE MOVIES: Chalmette Cinema Shopping Center, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. (504) 304-9903. chalmettemovies.com.
  • THE GRAND 14 ESPLANADE: 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. (504) 229-4259. thegrandtheatre.com.
  • THE GRAND 16 SLIDELL: 1950 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell. (985) 641-8738. thegrandtheatre.com.
  • INDYWOOD MOVIE THEATER: 628 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. (970) 631-3748. indywood.org.
  • PRYTANIA THEATRE: 5539 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 891-2787. prytaniathearenew orleans.com.
  • MOVIE TAVERN NORTHSHORE: 201 N. U.S. 190, Covington. (985) 247-0757. movietavern.com.
  • REGAL COVINGTON STADIUM 14: 69348 La. 21, Covington. (844) 462-7342, ext. 1510. regmovies.com.
  • THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE: 333 Canal St., New Orleans (504) 493-6535. thetheatres.com.
  • ZEITGEIST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTER: 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 352-1150. zeitgeistnola.org.

OPENING FRIDAY

  • “LOVE THE COOPERS”: Four generations of family gather for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the night unfolds, surprise visitors turn the evening upside down. The cast includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde. Unrated. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16.
  • “MY ALL AMERICAN”: Aaron Eckhart stars as University of Texas at Austin football Coach Darrell Royal. Finn Wittrock co-stars as Freddie Steinmark, an underdog who inspires his team. Written by Angelo Pizzo (“Rudy”, “Hoosiers”). Rated PG. AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16.
  • “THE 33”: A based-in-fact drama about the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine and subsequent rescue of 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. Rated PG-13. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16.
  • “HEIST”: After an attempt by two robbers (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista) to hit a casino owned by a gangster (Robert De Niro) goes awry, the pair hijacks a city bus, taking the passengers hostage. Rated R. At Chalmette Movies.
  • “IN THE BASEMENT”: Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s documentary about what people do in their basements. Showing at 5:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Unrated.
  • “LOVE”: A sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. Showing at 9:30 p.m. Unrated. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
  • “OF MEN AND WAR”: A wrenching documentary about posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unrated Showing at 7 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
  • “TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL”: Tab Hunter was an all-American teen idol in the 1950s — and secretly gay. Hunter and others tell his story in this documentary. Showing at Chalmette Movies.
  • “THE SECOND MOTHER”: A nanny in Sao Paulo, Brazil, lives with the guilt of leaving her own daughter with relatives. Rated R. Starting Friday at Chalmette Movies.

NOW SHOWING

  • “BRIDGE OF SPIES”: HHH ½ Rated PG-13 — Tom Hanks leads the cast of this Cold War-era political drama. Director Steven Spielberg returns to the sociopolitical, historical storytelling on an intimate, behind-the-scenes scale. Joel and Ethan Coen co-wrote the fact-based script. 2:15. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “BURNT”: HH Rated R ­— Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper plays Chef Adam Jones, an enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene who loses everything. To gain his own kitchen and culinary acclaim, he’ll need the best of the best on his side. Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman co-star. Filmed in London and New Orleans. 1:50. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Prytania Theatre, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “CRIMSON PEAK”: HH Rated R ­— After an alluring stranger wins a young woman’s heart, she’s swept away into a house of secrets that sits on top of a mountain of blood-colored clay. Guillermo del Toro directs, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. 1:59. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, The Grand 16 Slidell, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “DELTA JUSTICE, THE ISLEÑOS TRAPPERS WAR”: Not rated — A Louisiana-produced documentary about the 1920s feud between Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Leander Perez and the Isleños, descendents of Spanish and Canary Islander settlers who settled St. Bernard Parish. :48. At Chalmette Movies.
  • “FRIDAY THE 13TH”: Rated R ­ — Horror classic from 1980 that started a genre of “Friday the 13th” movies. The first one begins at a camp with a killer stalking the counselors. 1:35. At Prytania Theatre.
  • “GOODNIGHT MOMMY”: Rated R — When a mother of twins returns home after cosmetic surgery and nothing is like it was before, the brothers begin to doubt whether is is actually their mother. 1:39. At Chalmette Movies.
  • “GOOSEBUMPS”: HHH Rated PG — Teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving to a small town, meets the beautiful Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. But Hannah has a mean, mysterious dad, Mr. Shivers, whose real name is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of “Goosebumps.” 1:43. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2”: HHH Rated PG — This animated follow-up sees Dracula worried about his half-human grandson not being vampish enough. Time for a “monster-in-traning” boot camp, with the voices of Adam Sandler and Mel Brooks. 1:29. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “THE INTERN”: HH½ Rated PG-13 — To break the monotony of retirement, widower Robert De Niro takes a senior intern post at an online fashion site founded and run by Anne Hathaway. 2:01. At Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “THE LAST WITCH HUNTER”: H½ Rated PG-13 — Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder, the last witch hunter on Earth. He meets an ancient foe, the Witch Queen, now resurrected and determined to destroy all humans. Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine and Julie Engelbrecht co-star. 1:46. At AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “THE MARTIAN”: HHH½ Rated PG-13 — Matt Damon stars as a lone astronaut trapped on Mars. His crew leaves when he is presumed to be dead after a storm. 2:22. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “MISS YOU ALREADY”: HH Rated PG — If this is your kind of thing, you may have already bought your tickets to enjoy a slice of friendship fantasy and a good cry. The presence of beloved actresses Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette also sweetens the pot. But in endeavoring to deliver buckets of tearful catharsis, the efforts of ”Miss You Already” are so conspicuous and unabashed that it only achieves a strange sense of emotional detachment. 1:42. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “OUR BRAND IS CRISIS”: HHH Rated R ­— The Sandra Bullock-starring ”Our Brand Is Crisis” is an acidic, biting political satire that asserts the notion that marketing has taken over the democratic process. There’s truth in that thesis, especially since the film is based on a documentary of the same name that captured the machinations of American political and branding consultants for hire during a 2002 election in Bolivia. 1:48. At AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “PAN”: H Rated PG — Levi Miller plays Peter in “Pan,” an origins story for J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan character. Peter is whisked away from a London orphanage one night to a land of pirates, warriors and fairies. Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman co-star. 2:03. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE GHOST DIMENSION”: Rated R — In the fifth entry in the “Paranormal Activity” horror series, a couple moves from New York to California and finds something sinister in their new home. 1:28. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 16 Slidell.
  • “THE PEANUTS MOVIE”: HH½ Rated G — Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut via 3-D animation. The screenwriters include Schulz’s son, Craig, and grandson, Brian. In “The Peanuts Movie,” underdog Charlie embarks on a heroic quest while Snoopy, the flying beagle, battles his archenemy the Red Baron. 1:33. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE”: Rated R — On the eve of their final camp out, three scouts struggle to save their town from flesh-craving zombies and discover what true friendship means. 1:33. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, , AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore.
  • “SPECTRE”: HHH Rated R — Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the 24th Bond movie. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, director of 2012’S Bond blockbuster “Skyfall” also returns for the British superspy’s latest global adventure, in which Bond uncovers the existence of the sinister organization. 2:30. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “STEVE JOBS”: HH½ Rated R — Dazzling shell of a biopic from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, “Steve Jobs” is a three-act backstage drama about a bullying, insecure, overbearing visionary who learns to be a better father and less of a jerk in the nick of time. 2:02. At Prytania Theatre, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “SUFFRAGETTE”: HHH Rated PG-13 — Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep lead the cast of this drama about women fighting for voting rights in early 20th-century Britain. Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson co-star. 1:46 At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “(T)ERROR”: Unrated — The first documentary to follow an active confidential FBI informant on the job. Winner of the special jury prize at Sundance. 1:24. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
  • “WOODLAWN”: HHH½ Rated PG — A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Set in early 1970s in Birmingham, Alabama. 2:03. At The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.