Raleigh, N.C. — A look at what's new in theaters this week.
Moana (Action/Adventure, Animation, PG, Starring Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison) - A sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
Allied (Drama, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, R, Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Jared Harris) - The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the pressures of the war.
Bad Santa 2 (Comedy, R, Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Christina Hendricks, Kathy Bates, Brett Kelly, Tony Cox) - Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is 'the kid' - chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie's sliver of humanity.
Rules Don't Apply (Drama, Romance, PG-13, Starring Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Alden Ehrenreich) - It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey, under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes, arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver Frank Forbes, only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. But Hughes' absurd behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.