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‘Aquaman’ review: As superhero movies go, this one’s 20,000 leagues under par

After surfacing for a cameo teaser appearance in "Batman v Superman" and a proportional slice of the action in "Justice League," the DC Comics superhero Aquaman (born in 1941) takes center stage, on land and under the sea, in "Aquaman." The "Game of Thrones" actor Jason Momoa's great in close-up, surly and charismatic, with eyebrows that suggest all sorts of fun. The director James Wan came up via the "Saw" franchise, but he also has several good films to his credit, "Insidious" and "Furious 7" among them.

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‘The Christmas Chronicles’: Netflix’s edgy Santa adventure is a fun holiday pick for tweens

Parents need to know that "The Christmas Chronicles" is a holiday adventure movie starring Kurt Russell that has enough edgy content to make it best for tweens and up. Characters do risky things like steal cars and climb telephone poles. Strong language includes a few uses of "damn" and "hell," plus insults like "moron." The main characters are grieving their father, a firefighter who died saving others, during their first Christmas without him. A boy starts to tell his younger sister that there's no Santa but doesn't go through with it. Violence is mostly cartoonish mayhem, with no serious injuries, blood or gore shown, but viewers will see punching, shoving, knocking down and characters brandishing a baseball bat and a chainsaw. Characters are in danger, and Santa's CGI elves are cute but sometimes scary, too. A rock'n'roll musical number has slightly sexualized background singers and some innuendo. Holiday messages are mostly about how it wouldn't be Christmas without presents and Santa Claus, but positive themes include family unity and believing in yourself. The movie also sends the idea that it can be OK to do something naughty (even illegal) if it's for a good cause. Santa is portrayed with a gruff exterior, but he cares about the kids and will do anything to save Christmas.

Watch the trailer for 'The Cat that Changed America' — about famed L.A. mountain lion

"The Cat That Changed America" features P22, the famed mountain lion who crossed dangerous freeways and now lives in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. The movie was screened at the 2018 San Luis Obispo Film Festival.