A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”
The old world (England) meets the new (USA! USA!) in the latest installment of this action-driven spy series, which stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum.
“The LEGO Ninjago Movie”
The first “Lego Movie” was big-hearted and creative enough that one could almost forget you were watching what amounted to a 100-minute #brand pitch. The trailer for the third installment, which includes vocal contributions from Jackie Chan, Fred Armisen and a smattering of “Silicon Valley” actors (Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods), makes it appear as though the concept is wearing thin.
“Battle of the Sexes”
This biographical sports comedy is loosely based on real-life 1973 events, when Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) squared off in a man v. woman tennis match.
The real-life drama based on the Boston Marathon bombing wrestles more with the aftermath, following the recovery of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months after the #BostonStrong hashtag faded from public view. David Gordon Green (“All the Real Girls,” uh, “Your Highness”) directs.
“Rebel in the Rye”
If reviews are to be trusted, you're better off curling up with a good book than catching this retelling of the life of reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, which is currently tracking at 31 percent (out of 100) on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Lord of the Rings” at the Gateway Film Center
Over the course of three nights beginning on Friday, Sept. 22, the GFC will screen all three of the “Lord of the Rings” films, including series standout and second installment “The Two Towers.” (If you don't agree, fmirl.)
The latest film adaptation of the Stephen King novel succeeds by capturing a universal truth: childhood is terrifying. (Oh, and so are clowns.) (4 stars)