Raleigh, N.C. — A look at what's new in theaters this week.
Almost Christmas (Comedy, PG-13, Starring Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo'Nique) - A beloved patriarch asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Arrival (Drama, PG-13, Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg) - When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Shut In (Suspense/Thriller, PG-13, Starring Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt, David Cubitt, Charlie Heaton) - Shut In is a heart pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Drama/War, R, Starring Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel) - The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, has been hailed as a hero and brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the Iraq conflict with America's celebration back home.