Capsule reviews of feature films

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AQUAMAN. 2 stars. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) reluctantly returns to Atlantis to battle his half brother (Patrick Wilson) for control of the kingdom. A bright, wacky, wise-cracky change of pace from the usual D.C. Universe mope-fest, and Momoa brings some levity to the proceedings, but the movie is way to long, and over-reliant on animated effects. With Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman. 2 hrs. 23 PG-13 (violence) 

BEN IS BACK. 3 stars. As a mother (Julia Roberts) prepares for the Christmas holiday, her addicted son (Lucas Hedges) returns unexpectedly from a stint in drug rehab. Events transpire to shatter the family’s peace, leading mother and son on a dangerous trip during which both are forced to confront aspects of the young man’s past. Movie can be manipulative, but it’s well-acted throughout. With Courtney B. Vance. 1 hr. 43 R (drug use) 

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