“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13)
The prequel takes place just before Episode IV, “A New Hope”. Felicity Jones is a former criminal named Jyn Erso, who’s recruited by the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans to the Death Star . . . because her father is helping the Empire test it.
Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker are part of her team on the mission.
And Alan Tudyk from “Firefly” is the voice of K-2S0, an imperial security droid reprogrammed to serve the Rebellion. He filmed his part with motion capture technology, just like he did when he played the robot Sonny in “I Robot”.
And since this is set during the time of the first Death Star, you can expect to see a little Darth Vader action. James Earl Jones is back to do his voice.
Jimmy Smits is also back as Bail Organa, the adopted father of Princess Leia. He had a smaller role in the second trilogy, but you probably remember seeing him in Episodes II and III: “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”.
“Collateral Beauty” (PG-13)
Will Smith plays a father struggling with the death of a child. He copes by writing letters to the cosmos, and gets unexpected answers from Love, Death, and Time.
Ed Norton, Michael Pena, and Kate Winslet play Will’s misguided coworkers. They SET HIM UP by hiring actors to play those parts so they can catch him on film having emotionally unstable conversations and prove to the board that he’s unfit for his job.
Helen Mirren shows up as Death, R&B singer Jacob Latimore is Time, and Keira Knightley is Love. Her “Pirates of the Caribbean” costar Naomie Harris is the person Will turns to, to make sense of it all. She runs a therapy group for grieving parents.
Denzel Washington stars as a father struggling with racial tension in the 1950s, and opposing his son’s dream of becoming a football player. Viola Davis plays his wife, Mykelti Williamson is his brother, and Jovan Adepo is Denzel’s son.
Anthony Hopkins stars as a psychic the FBI asks to help catch a serial killer. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the FBI agent who asks for his help, and Colin Farrell is the guy they’re after . . . who’s also psychic and better at it than theirs.