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Movies opening in L.A. this week: ‘Bombshell,’ ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ and more

Dec. 13

Black Christmas
Update of the 1974 holiday horror classic about sorority sisters stalked by a masked killer. With Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Cary Elwes. Written by Sophia Takal, April Wolfe. Directed by Takal. (1:38) PG-13.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie play Fox News employees whose allegations of sexual harassment help topple network founder Roger Ailes. With John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Connie Britton, Kate McKinnon. Written by Charles Randolph. Directed by Jay Roach. (1:48) R.

Documentary profile of influential dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham includes archival footage plus re-creations of his works. Directed by Alla Kovgan. (1:33) PG.

The Death Life of John F. Donovan
An actor recalls the letters he exchanged with a long-dead American television star. With Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Sarah Gadon. Written by Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney. Directed by Dolan. (2:03) R.

The Disappearance of My Mother

Writer-director Beniamino Barrese profiles his reclusive mother, 1960s-era supermodel turned feminist activist Benedetta Barzini. In English and Italian with English subtitles. (1:34) NR.

First Love
The brother of a famous but troubled actress is torn between selling his explosive tell-all book about their childhood or helping her after she suffers a nervous breakdown. With Annie Heise, Aaron Costa Ganis, Arye Gross, Mia Barron. Written and directed by Michael Masarof. (1:20) NR.

The Great War
American soldiers during WWI go behind enemy lines to try to rescue a lost platoon. With Ron Perlman, Billy Zane, Bates Wilder. Written and directed by Steven Luke. (1:48) R.

Hell on the Border
A former slave gets a job as a lawman and goes on a manhunt in his fact-based western about the first black marshal in the Wild West. With David Gyashi, Frank Grillo, Ron Perlman. Written and directed by Wes Miller. (1:50) R.

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