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Yuletide movie releases

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Had your fill of "A Christmas Story" this season? Maybe the kids are even done with "Frosty the Snowman" and "Elf" for another year. If so, then you're in luck as — in true Hollywood form — a number of family-friendly films are set to be released in December. The following are a sample of some of the new movies to hit theaters. 

Dec. 14

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Meet Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) was introduced in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Marvel imprint, where he took on the Spider-Man suit after the death of that universe's Peter Parker. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Animated in 3D. Sony Pictures. Rating not available.

Dec. 19

Mary Poppins Returns

Set in Depression-era London of the 1930s, “Mary Poppins Returns” sees Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) now grown up. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family and, along with the street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Also starring Meryl Streep (Topsy) and Colin Firth (William Weatherall Wilkins). Disney. PG-13

Dec. 21

Aquaman

Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. The film focuses on a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt. Curry embarks on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be ... a king. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. Warner Bros. Pictures. PG-13

Bumblebee

On the run in the year 1987, Transformer-esque Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives it, she quickly learns this is no ordinary car. The yellow, seemingly hunk of junk is actually a giant alien robot who comes into conflict with a Decepticon searching for Optimus Prime and escapes capture by masquerading as an unassuming VW Beetle. Paramount Pictures. Rating not available.

For what’s showing in Taos at the Storyteller Cinema, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road, check online 

at storyteller7.com or call (575) 751-4245.

—Information gathered from press materials

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