Year’s box office drops, still 3rd highest gross in history

FILE - This file image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot charging through No Man's Land during a WWI battle scene from "Wonder Woman." After two consecutive record-breaking years at the domestic box office, 2017 was the year the momentum slowed, even with the late adrenaline boost of a new “Star Wars” film. This is Disney’s second consecutive year at the top of the charts. Warner Bros. placed second with around $2 billion in grosses and 19 percent of the market share, thanks to films like “Wonder Woman,” “It” and “Get Out.” (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — After two consecutive record-breaking years at the domestic box office, 2017 was the year the momentum slowed — even with the late adrenaline boost of a new “Star Wars” film.

Bale, landscapes, boost grim western ‘Hostiles’

This image released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures shows Wes Studi, left, and Q'orianka Kilcher in a scene from "Hostiles." (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures via AP)

Enemies are thrown together for a perilous journey in “Hostiles ,” an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion.

HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ stars expecting 5th child

In this March 29, 2016, photo, Joanna and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. Chip Gaines announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, on Instagram that he and his wife, Joanna, are expecting their fifth child. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)

WACO, Texas (AP) — The couple behind HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” will be fixing up a nursery once again.

Children’s book ‘Ferdinand’ jumps to screen nicely

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the animated film, "Ferdinand." (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

This holiday season, there’s all manner of conflict at your local movie theater — Jedis battling in the stars, Winston Churchill warring in Europe and Olympic athletes dueling on ice. And then there’s that 2,000-pound bull that refuses to fight.

‘Downsizing,’ a big-picture film about little people

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Matt Damon appears in a scene from "Downsizing." (Paramount Pictures via AP)

It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.

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