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New in theaters this weekend: The Two Popes

A holy bromance and an air balloon adventure are the latest movies for Dec. 6 - 8.
Credit: Netflix

The Two Popes 

A movie about the transition between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis sounds duller then going to confession, but "The Two Popes" is a charmer. Anthony Hopkins plays the aloof Benedict, the first pope to step down in six centuries and Jonathan Pryce, the accessible Argentine who replaces him as Francis. We also learn a lot about Francis's young life in flashback. The film is blessed with good humor between these contrasting pontiffs at the top of their faith, and the actors are at the top of their game. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy it.

Netflix - Rated PG-13

The Aeronauts 

"The Aeronauts" reunites "The Theory of Everything" co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. It's 19th century London, and they're off on an adventure in a gas balloon. He's a scientist; she's a daredevil. It's loosely based on a true story, and their quest to reach the greatest heights of any balloonists in history does not come without its perils. I say loosely based, because in real life, "she" was a "he," but if they played it that way, we wouldn't have had Jones in the movie. The chemistry remains strong between these two, and their adventure plays out almost in real time. Not a "must see" but nice.

Amazon Studios - Rated PG-13

Playmobil: The Movie

For the kiddos, Daniel Radcliffe voices a super spy and Jim Gaffigan is along for the ride in "Playmobil: The Movie."

STX Entertainment - Rated PG