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For, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

This week’s new movies offer up a couple of Christmas films that are actually set during Christmas, one about being stuck in an elevator and the other a horror comedy. Happy holidays.

“Christmas Eve” (PG). Utahn Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite” himself) stars with Patrick Stewart, James Roday, Cheryl Hines and Gary Cole in this comedy-drama about six groups of New Yorkers who find themselves stuck inside elevators overnight on Christmas Eve.

“Don Verdean” (PG-13). Speaking of “Napoleon Dynamite,” the filmmakers that came up with that farce, Utahns Jared and Jerusha Hess, also wrote — and Jared directed — this comedy about a biblical archaeologist (Sam Rockwell) that starts to bend the truth to inspire the faithful after falling on hard times. Co-stars include Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte, Leslie Bibb and Utah actor Michael Flynn.

“Krampus” (PG-13). Very dark comedy about a dysfunctional family whose fighting over the holidays sends a young boy into a deep funk. But as he decries Christmas, he unwittingly unleashes the title character, a demonic force that punishes non-believers. Stras include Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman and Conchata Ferrell.

“The Letters” (PG). Biographical film about Mother Teresa, played by British character actress Juliet Stevenson. Her story is told through letters written to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor Father Celeste van Exem (Max von Sydow) over a nearly 50-year period. Rutger Hauer co-stars.

“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” (not rated). This documentary is about the titular art-world icon, the colorful heiress to the Guggenheim family and bohemian socialite who became a central figure in the modern-art movement.

“Chi-Raq” (R). Spike Lee co-wrote and directed this update of the dark satirical Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes about women withholding sex from their husbands as a way of ending the Peloponnesian War. Here, the setting is contemporary Chicago and the goal is to end gang violence. Stars include Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle and Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)