New films: ‘Coco,’ Dickens and Denzel

November 22, 2017 GMT


The latest animated Pixar release follows the adventures of Miguel, a singer who finds himself in the mysterious Land of the Dead. Opened Wednesday.

Wide release.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas”

How did Charles Dickens come up with “A Christmas Carol?” This biopic, starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer, provides the backstory. Opened Wednesday.

Wide release.

“Roman J. Israel Esq.”

Director Dan Gilroy, who exploded onto the scene in 2014 with the fantastic “Nightcrawler,” returns with a legal drama starring Denzel Washington as an idealistic defense lawyer. Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo co-star. Opened Wednesday.

Wide release.

“Sweet Virginia”

The rodeo is backdrop for this noir thriller starring Jon Bernthal (“Wind River”) and Imogen Poots (“Green Room”). Opens Saturday.

Alamo Drafthouse.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Fresh from its showing at Houston’s Cinema Arts Festival, this talked-about indie stars Frances McDormand as an angry mom who uses unorthodox methods to get cops to investigate her daughter’s murder. There’s a lot of Oscar buzz on this one. Opened Wednesday.

Playing at AMC Dine-in 8, Houston; iPic River Oaks; Edwards Greenway Grand Palace; Cinemark Tinseltown, The Woodlands.