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Friday’s openings: Blondes and defused bombs

We're finally getting some movie action this holiday period, as several big-screen productions are set to open (or go wide) on Friday, according to the national movie-release schedule:

"Bombshell": Margaret Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman play real-life blond news announcers who were involved, in one way or another, with Fox News chief Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Fair and balanced, you know?

"Black Christmas": A stranger involved with a bizarre underground group stalks young sorority women. And not, one suspects, for dating purposes.

"Jumanji: The Next Level": The bodies are the same but the characters that inhabit them are different in this sequel to the most dangerous fantasy game. But no Pennywise, thank you very much.

"Richard Jewell": Clint Eastwood does another inspired-by-headlines movie, this one about the security guard who was accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Terrorist … or hero?

"Uncut Gems": Tackling one of his rare dramatic roles, Adam Sandler plays a diamond dealer who is one the verge of a big, albeit dangerous, score. Directed by the Safdie brothers.

That's it for the moment. As always, I'll update when the area theaters finalize their bookings.