Chris Hemsworth, center, as Capt. Mitch Nelson in the new war drama "12 Strong." 

Chris Hemsworth, center, as Capt. Mitch Nelson in the new war drama "12 Strong." 

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Your time and money are valuable, so you should invest them in good movies. Here are some films in theaters this week that have been approved by our in-house critics and/or reviewers from elsewhere on the internet.

12 Strong

This Chris Hemsworth-led film about events following 9/11 hasn't won over all critics, but it has enough praise to be worth a glance. The Associated Press says, "Stirring and solid, 12 Strong is the kind of film that might make you think twice about January releases, and spotlights a riveting story in our recent history that many Americans might not know."

I, Tonya

The Houston Chronicle calls this award-winning movie, "A pointed satire on athletic ambition and class conflict that's fueled by a biting sense of humor and a couple of knockout performances."

Paddington 2

The Wall Street Journal says, "Paddington 2 is The Godfather Part II of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original."

The LA Times says, "It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline."

Phantom Thread

The Associated Press says, "Like all of [Paul Thomas] Anderson's efforts, Phantom Thread is beautiful and intriguing, but it's also a film that is not unlike its central character: easy to respect and admire, and nearly impossible to fully love."

The Post

Newsday says, "Steven Spielberg's drama about journalism under fire is so timely it's practically a headline itself. Fine work from [Meryl] Streep and [Tom] Hanks throughout" Read Chris Vognar's piece on The Post and a related documentary, The Newspaperman.

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