A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
Tom Cruise stars as Barry Seal in this true-life tale of a troublemaking pilot recruited by the CIA. While the movie has been described as a mixed bag, Cruise has received near-universal praise from critics for his portrayal.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy's hallucinatory trip of a psychological thriller follows Theresa (Kirsten Dunst), a California marijuana dispensary worker who dishes out a spiked strain under-the-table.
Ellen Page and Diego Luna star in this update of the 1990 thriller where medical students seek out what exists beyond this life by taking turns “dying” for minutes at a time on an operating table. As is the norm with these types of films, eventually the experiment goes too far.
“A Question of Faith”
In this faith-based drama (that title is a dead giveaway), three families navigate tragedy by appealing to the Church of Satan … er, make that God's mercy and love.
“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 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.
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)
Fans and critics have been split on the latest from director Darren Aronofsky, but Alive critic Brad Keefe falls strongly in the “love” camp, calling it “unsettling in its weirdness.” (5 stars)