FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this Friday

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We saw some bad moms ringing in the holidays last week, and now we've got some bad dads doing the same thing. Whether or not you care is up for you to decide.

Here are the three new film releases you can catch this weekend in theaters.

DADDY’S HOME 2
Yes, they're allowing Mel Gibson to be in movies again. See, it's funny, because he plays Mark Wahlberg's dad, and they both wear leather jackets and tight-fitting T-shirts, and they don't show emotion and they're super MANLY. And it's even funnier that the great John Lithgow is playing Will Ferrell's dad, and they both wear cheesy Christmas sweaters and hug a lot, and are therefore NOT manly. Now that's comedy! Rated PG-13.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (3½ stars)
The director of The Lobster returns with another unsettling provocation, this one about a surgeon with a weird connection to an even weirder teenage boy. Critic Eric D. Snider dug the movie's creepy, deadpan style, all the while recognizing you may very well not. Rated R.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1½ stars)
Kenneth Branagh directs and plays iconic detective Hercule Poirot in the second big-screen, star-studded adaptation of the 1934 Agatha Christie whodunit. The true mystery of this version, says critic MaryAnn Johanson, is why it was made in the first place. Rated PG-13.