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For, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020


If it’s Christmas movies you’re looking for during this pre-Thanksgiving period, local theaters are trying to lure you in, despite our current spike in Covid concerns. Michael McLean’s “Forgotten Carols” gets the big-screen treatment and another Hallmark-ish independent G-rated family film is opening, along with those that arrived last week.


You can also take your check out theatrical revivals of “The Santa Clause” at various Megaplex and Cinemark multiplexes, and the AMC complex in West Jordan is offering “A Christmas Story.”


“The Forgotten Carols” (Not Rated). An elderly patient named John relates the story of Christ’s birth to his skeptical nurse claiming that over the past 2,000 years he has met minor but pivotal biblical characters from the story. With the pandemic upending his annual live production, Michael McLean has filmed his popular stage show for movie screens and stars as John. McLean, of course, also wrote the music and co-wrote the script with his son Scott. Directed by actress Christy Summerhays, who co-stars. Filmed on the Heritage Center Theater stage in Cedar City.


“A Carolina Christmas” (G). In the small coastal community of Paradise, South Carolina, the newly hired City Inspector, a New York transplant, promptly announces that he hates Christmas and plans to shut it down, but a new merchant in town attempts the foil his plans.


“Vanguard” (PG-13). Jackie Chan stars in this Chinese action-comedy as the leader of a covert law-enforcement team trying to protect an accountant from a deadly mercenary organization as events take them to London to South Africa to Dubai.




“Iron Mask” (PG-13). British actor Jason Flemyng returns to his lead role of cartographer Jonathan Green — this time mapping the Russian Far East for Peter the Great — in this follow-up to the 2014 adventure film “Forbidden Kingdom.” Like that film, this one boasts Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger in supporting roles.


“Mank” (R). This one is something of a throwback, a black-and-white historical look at Hollywood from the 1920s through 1940, told from the viewpoint of self-destructive alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to complete the script for Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” With Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard. (Debuts on Netflix on Dec. 4.)


“The Last Vermeer” (R). The true story of Dutch folks hero Han van Meergren (Guy Pearce) who swindled millions of dollars from the Nazi regime by selling forgeries of Johannes Vermeer paintings.




“Jiu Jitsu” (R). A master jiu jitsu fighter (Alain Moussi) is helped by an ancient order of jiu jitsu fighters (led by Nicolas Cage) to take on a merciless alien intruder that threatens the human race on planet Earth. With Tony Jaa and Rick Yune.


“Buddy Games” (R). Six lifelong friends who had a falling out five years earlier are reunited for a competition of absurd mental and physical challenges. Actor Josh Duhamel has his first writing-directing credit with this raunchy comedy in which he co-stars with Olivia Munn, James Roday, Devin Dillon and Dax Shepard.


“Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III: Spring Song” (Not Rated, in Japanese with English subtitles). Last week theaters that played the first two parts of this trilogy now show the third, a two hours-plus anime about a conflict between magicians.